Anything from conference travel, to extreme weather, to family emergencies can disrupt scheduled courses, and instructors should prepare for these events. A campus might shut down (flu epidemic), or some students might be unable to attend class (flooded roads), or the instructor might not be able to make it to campus (sprained ankle). In any of these scenarios it is essential to have a plan. The official term for such plans is continuity of instruction—but that sounds SO bureaucratic. We prefer to think of it as “how can I keep teaching and how can students keep learning?” through disruptions.
Check out our new resource page, “Teaching Through Disruptions,” for tools and strategies to minimize the effects of unexpected events while teaching.