Information Technology Services (ITS) is committed to providing support and services to help faculty maintain their classes during an emergency. The following are guidelines and available services at USC:
Maintaining Your Classes in an Emergency
Provost Elizabeth Garrett’s Thursday Football Game – November 13, 2014 Memorandum outlines seven key points to help faculty members fulfill their duties to students in the event of an extended emergency situation, such as that caused by a flu pandemic, earthquake, or other crisis.
Faculty members should activate all their courses in USC’s Blackboard Learning Management System with an instructor of record and a syllabus. Blackboard is available at blackboard.usc.edu.
Faculty unfamiliar with Blackboard should visit its help page. This searchable page contains hundreds of how-to-guides and videos.
Several hours of additional Blackboard training movies are available at lynda.com. Log in to USC’s lynda.com account and search for “Blackboard 9 Essential Training.”
To schedule a customized Blackboard training workshop for your academic unit (available for groups of five or more), contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 24/7 Blackboard support, contact the ITS Customer Service Center at 213-740-5555 and choose option 3, or send an email to email@example.com.
Plan B Assignment
Instructors should be prepared to give students a “Plan B assignment” if courses are canceled for one to three weeks during an emergency. If you would like help designing such an assignment—for instance, one that engages students in active learning, has a service learning component, or employs collaboration, communication, social networking, or multimedia technologies—please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USC Emergency Preparedness
For more information about campus safety, see Emergency Preparedness at USC.