Alternatives for Making Up Missed Instruction

Making up instruction due to a power outage or other campus closure can be achieved in a variety of ways. Regardless of your approach, you are encouraged to be flexible in your plans for making up content. Begin by identifying the key knowledge and skills students missed, and focus on effective delivery of these points. 

Alternatives include:

1. Create Alternative Lessons 

Consider adding an alternative lesson. This may come in the form of a make-up assignment or online discussion.

2. Use Pre-Recorded Lectures

  • Ask your colleagues that teach the same course if they have a recorded lecture of similar content. If one isn’t available, find a parallel lecture online that gets to the content you want to address.
  • If you have used Webcast in past offerings of the class, access to your recorded lectures may be available. Email to submit a request. Lectures are kept for 5 quarters; some older lecture recordings are also available.

3. Record Lectures

Recorded lectures, especially when delivered in short modules, are especially effective. 

  • Support is available in the FITC to record lectures using Zoom, webcast, Powerpoint, and more. Call 459-5506 or email to discuss your options and to set up a time to record.
  • If you’d like to do it on your own, here’s a tutorial for Recording with Zoom

4. Learn more about options with Canvas

  • Attend Coffee + Canvas for pedagogical and technical support in using Canvas tools. Sessions are  Tuesdays 9 - 11 am in the FITC, Room 1330, McHenry Library.
  • Contact the FITC at 459-5506 or email for on-demand support 8AM to 5PM.
  • Canvas support is also available 24x7 directly from Instructure. Click on help-icon.png in your Canvas course to access email, chat, and phone contact information. 

Share Your Experience

What solutions have you come up with for making up missed content during earlier outages? Your ideas are important to us and we’d like to share them with other instructors. Share your ideas!