Why do this?
Although the prospect of a snow day may hold some appeal, there are good reasons to offer an alternative class. Your department’s policy may require it, your students may want it, or you may want to avoid cutting parts of your syllabus or having to condense topics. Reorganizing class for a snow day offers an opportunity to try something new in your course, and possibly something better.
Ideas for Online Class Activities
There are a few easy ways to conduct classes online that provide the equivalent of a classroom experience or a means to assign work. A more detailed description of the programs is down below.
Flip your classroom during the closure and create a video lecture at home with Panopto and post it in Canvas for students to watch.
Host a synchronous (real time) class meeting in Zoom and record it for anyone who misses the session. If you flipped your classroom, this could be a webinar to discuss the lecture.
Create classroom activities that can be completed remotely, such as:
If you were planning on having student presentations, have them create their own videos using a tool like Panopto and share them in Canvas
Overview of Zoom and Panopto for Classes during a Closure
Recording a Lecture (Panopto)