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Instructional Continuity for BFA/MFA Programs

As we consider scenarios that may impact class schedules, we have options when it comes to considering how to adapt for any possible interruptions, short or long term, in our teaching.

Getting Started

Going Online the Otis College Way (PDF)

Steps on what to consider and do to transition to online teaching.

Presentation (0:12:00)

Below is a recorded presentation offering an overview of what to consider if transitioning to an online teaching environment. This video is meant to work in conjunction with Teaching/Learning Center (TLC) workshops on this subject available on-campus and online.

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The TLC is offering 1-hour workshops open to all faculty to discuss what it means to shift instruction to the virtual environment. In Teaching/Learning Center or via Zoom. More sessions to come!

  • Lunch Hour @ 11:15am - Friday (3/13) + Monday (3/16) + Tuesday (3/17) + Wednesday (3/18)
  • Lunch Hour @ 12:00pm - Thursday (3/12)
  • Evening @ 5:00pm - Wednesday (3/11) + Thursday (3/12) + Friday (3/13) + Monday (3/16)


Support Resources


The following checklist provides possible solutions as well as resources useful in the event of student’s or faculty’s prolonged absence or campus closure.

TOP SOLUTION: Use either O-Space or the Nest as a central hub for your students since your courses already exist and students are populated in them.



Establish a mode of communication between faculty and students. Make sure students are aware you are using this communication. They will need to check their Otis Emails as College systems are automatically synced to that email.


  1. Email:
    1. O-Space - post-notifications or group email
    2. The Nest - class or individual email
    3. Otis College Webmail
  2. Web-Conferencing
    1. Zoom - meet with students synchronously online
  3. Messaging
    1. The Nest - in-system messaging tool



Make syllabus available digitally.


  1. Email as attachment
  2. Upload/post to O-Space or the Nest
  3. Add to G-Drive and share with class

Distribute Instructional Content


Share documents, readings, presentations, images, and other course materials.


  1. Email
  2. Upload/post to O-Space or the Nest
  3. Add to G-Drive and share with class

TOP TIP: Need a quick way to digitize hard copy resources? Use your phone to snap pictures or download the free ​Adobe Scan app​ to use your phone to create PDFs.



To meet with students and actively engage with instructional content.


  1. Web-conferencing (Zoom) - allows you to meet with students live
  2. Upload/post to O-Space or the Nest - online discussion forums

Record Demos/Lectures


Capture teaching to share with students virtually.


  1. Web-conferencing (Zoom) - leverage the camera/microphone on your mobile device or computer to record your demo or lecture. You can also use Zoom to share screen and record action on a computer.
  2. Share videos through G-Drive with students

Office Hours


Maintaining designated time for students to meet with you virtually.


  1. Email
  2. Web-conferencing (Zoom)



Make sure you can review work and share coursework feedback with students.


  1. Email
  2. Upload/post rubrics and feedback in O-Space or the Nest