Teaching Continuity Tips (Previously COVID-19 Readiness))

Accessible teaching all the time

In response to COVID-19-like situations, we prepared a list of internal and external resources that can be helpful to you at this time. Take your time to explore these resources as you are getting ready to teach online. On this page, you will find: 

  • Moving online videos from IU language teaching faculty
  • Online teaching tips and community resources by language professionals
  • A list of training sessions and tools provided at IU

A Video Presentation by Dr. Karolina Serafin, Director of Language Instruction of Italian, Indiana University

Dr. Karolina Serafin, Senior Lecturer, and Director of Language Instruction of Italian, Indiana University, has been teaching Italian online for many years at IU. She coordinated the design of the curriculum of online courses in Italian. She is also an officially qualified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer.  In her role as a language coordinator for the Italian program at IU, she helps other teachers become better in their profession. She has also served as Faculty Advisor for the Center for Language Excellence.  For any question, you have for this video or if you need help, whether you are from IU or not, she offers to answer your question and to provide help within her capacity. You can contact her at kserafin@indiana.edu.

A Video Presentation by Finnish instructors Elisa Räsänen and Sanni Törmänen, CEUS, Indiana University

In this recorded video presentation, Finnish instructors Elisa Räsänen and Sanni Törmänen introduce a sample lesson plan for a virtual language class and describe strategies they use to enhance student engagement in their classes. Elisa is a lecturer of Finnish language and culture in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. Sanni is a Fulbright Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistant at IU for the academic year 2019-2020.  

Keep Teaching Website


Detailed information about teaching online and instructions on using specific tools


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Keep Learning Website

Tools for learning and strategies for student success

A page with resources for online learning, getting help, and staying healthy


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Quick Online Teaching Tips

Online Resources for Getting Ready to Teach Remotely

Quality Matters Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist for Higher Ed

Tips and strategies for moving online teaching by the Quality Matters

Access the checklist

Copyright Questions and COVID-19

Copyright questions and answers collected by Rebecca Ramsey, Language Materials Coordinator at CELT Indiana University 

Download the answers

Bringing Your Course Online Website

Resources compiled by the MLA. Strategies for teaching remotely, equity and accessibility concerns, and resource guides

Visit the website

Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Post

Suggested best practices and resources for the implementation of hybrid and online language courses

Read about suggested practices

A Public Group for Sharing Resources and Tips for Online Teaching

A Facebook group for exchanging helpful suggestions about remote instruction.

Join the Group

Stockpiling for COVID-19: Teacher Resources

A list of Twitter threads and blog posts by Sarah Laiola at Coastal Carolina University

Access the list

Pandemic Prepping in the Language Class Webinar

Critical questions to consider while planning to move online

Watch the webinar


Stop-Gap Strategies to Quickly Transition Courses to Online

Practical tips and strategies to utilize online instructional methods webinar by the Ashland University faculty

Watch the video


The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center Resources

Blended learning tools and initiatives

Join the community of innovators

CARLA Technology Integration Modules

The application of technology specifically for language teaching and learning

Explore support ideas

ACTFL Distance Learning SIG Mentoring Program Video Lessons

Materials "to support the professional learning needs of online world language educators"

Watch video lessons

Introduction to OER for Language Teachers Modules by Language OER Network

A guide for language teachers interested in using, creating, and promoting OER

Start learning



Equal Access to Educational Platforms

  • Kahoot put together a guide to distance learning and why we’re providing schools affected by the coronavirus with free access to Kahoot! Premium for the remaining months of the academic year. With Kahoot! Premium, educators can use advanced question types, collaborate with colleagues, and access in-depth reports, which can be used for formative assessment. To access Kahoot! Premium for free, please click here
  • The Chronicle is providing free access to their breaking-news updates.
  • MAGNA Publications is offering Taking Your Teaching Online Program Collection at no cost to help teachers learn what works in the online environment. Use coupon code COLLECTION  at checkout to receive this collection for free!

  • Sanako is offering free subscription to Sanako Connect -a new remote language classroom solution for schools. To get a free subscription, visit this page and fill the form to get your access.

  • TopHat is providing free services in response to COVID-19 until the end of the semester. Top Hat helps educators deliver interactive course content and assessments remotely, ensuring students stay engaged in learning.
  • Extempore, a language learning app and a winner of BETA's tournament, helps to create speaking assignments in minutes. Students can answer on the phone or on the web. Teachers can grade using a computer or mobile devices. It offers free services until end of the semester.
  • CourseNetworking (CN) is providing free LMS to distance learners in wake of coronavirus restrictions. Instructors from anywhere in the world are welcome to create and teach their courses on CN. Through CN, instructors can guide students in making posts to the class, taking quizzes, turning in assignments, reading uploaded documents, attending live lectures, and much more – all for free!  Instructors can create courses with ease by following this quick guide. Additional questions or institution licensing requests, please address to help@thecn.com.


Connectivity for students who don't have it

  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free Wi-Fi for 2 months to low-income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
  • Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. (Credit: Colorado College)
  • Internet Assistance for Low-Income Families: This covers a comprehensive list of financial assistance and Internet Service programs for eligible families and individuals. It's a helpful guide especially at this time when schools and businesses have shifted to working and learning from home in order to prevent the spread of the virus.


Next IU Website


Information about the next generation of learning technologies and Canvas features


Find Tools Now

COVID-19 Research at IU

IU Expert stories and other useful links

IU experts on COVID-19 issues in the news and their opinions


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100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online

Professor Curtis J. Bonk at Indiana University published a number of books on online teaching and learning. He published a book that allows you to discover 100+ activities for motivating and retaining learners online. 

Download it for free here.

IU EXPAND Portal for Online Teaching

IU Expand is a portal for online non-credit and continuing education coursework offered to the IU community as well as the general public. Based on Instructure's Canvas Catalog platform, IU Expand allows you to browse the catalog to find and enroll in non-credit, continuing education credit, and certificate-based courses.