Hurricane Dorian has shut down campus,
but it has not stopped the educational process. What we’ve learned from prior
hurricanes is we don’t want to absolutely shut down classes. Measures
are in place at Coastal Carolina University to ensure that learning does
not come to a halt when there is an unexpected disruption. We’re very lucky
that we can shift a lot of our instruction to online interfaces. The
step from traditional learning to online learning isn’t that big a step anymore.
Faculty members can post assignments, readings, videos and even lectures online.
Each year, we’ve had more tools in hand to make sure that there can be a
meaningful educational experience even during a campus closure. Many instructors
have already begun to plan in case hurricane season produces a storm, which
impacts the University. I know anecdotally a lot of our faculty had
already built weather interruption modules. There are official places where you can get information. Details about the
Academic Continuity Plan are always communicated to students, but Interim
Provost Dan Ennis is going beyond that with this closure, by sending out
informative videos. We’re going to try to get more content out there that
corresponds with and aligns with the messaging we’re doing through traditional
means. The goal is to effectively communicate with the entire campus
community. Your students will be safe and back soon. We miss them. Including family members of students. What we’re gonna try to do is
supplement the emails that we’re sending directly to students, with some videos
that can be posted to social media that are likely to be viewed by family members.
The Academic Continuity Plan allows for students to get all of the course
material they need, without falling far behind in regard to the calendar. We’ve
had students actually express gratitude that there was the ability to