Academic Continuity

This Seneca Academic Continuity site provides instructors with strategies and resources for teaching and assessing virtually when face-to-face and blended classrooms are not possible. Being prepared to teach your course online will minimize the effects of a disruption to normal campus operations and scheduled courses.

The information on this site will walk you through the various steps to planning your course experience online to maintain academic continuity – including communication, planning, and adapting.

Official communication regarding emergencies can be found on Seneca’s main website.

If you require additional teaching support, please email the Teaching & Learning Centre Team:

For ITS questions, contact the Service Desk:

Classroom Management and Security Online

With the use of a variety of technology tools, real-time synchronous classrooms are now possible and provide opportunities for discussions and events that can be recorded and archived for later viewing. Clarity of expectations and guidelines for students is important to ensure learning and understanding. It is good to also have procedures in place to provide a safe online classroom environment where every student can participate and learn.

These online classroom management tips can help create a smooth and trusting learning environment.

To learn more about how you can secure and protect the confidentiality of sensitive information when working in home offices visit Working From Home – Frequently Asked Questions.

My.Seneca Webinar Series

These sessions will walk you through the process of setting up your My.Seneca course for online teaching, and other tips and tricks.

Date Details
March 30, 2020 My.Seneca: The Basics
Topics include tools for communicating and sharing content with students online, and tools for assessing students online.
April 6, 2020 My.Seneca: The Basics Part 2
Topics include tips and tricks for facilitating a synchronous class via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, organizing content in My.Seneca, and creating and deploying an online test.
April 23, 2020 My.Seneca: The Basics
Topics include setting up your course to meet Seneca College’s MySeneca Minimum Requirements policy, tools for communicating and sharing content with students online, and tools for assessing students online. MySeneca-Basics (PDF).
April 29, 2020 My.Seneca:  Beyond the Basics - Part 1
Topics include 1) organizing content using folders, items, and learning modules; 2) managing the course menu; and 3) using the Wiki tool for collaborative learning.
May 6, 2020 My.Seneca:  Beyond the Basics - Part 2
Topics include 1) creating and deploying tests in MySeneca using pools; 2) setting up assignments in MySeneca (including SafeAssign and Inline grading).
May 13, 2020 My.Seneca: Beyond the Basics – Part 3
Topics include 1) creating discussion board, journal, and blog assessments; 2) setting up the Grade Centre, and 3) facilitating online synchronous sessions using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or BigBlueButton.


Cool Tools Webinar Series

These sessions will show you how to use some popular course development tools.

Date Details
April 30, 2020 Screencasting
Examples and demonstrations of how to use 1) Loom, 2) Screencast-o-matic, and 3) Quicktime.
May 5, 2020 Adobe Spark
Examples and demonstrations of how to create Adobe Spark 1) Videos, 2) Web Pages, and 3) Web Posters.
May 7, 2020 H5P
Examples and demonstration of how to use H5P (via eCampusOntario H5P Studio) to create and share online learning activities.

This presentation contains essential information for Schools and faculty:
Academic Continuity Bootcamp

Does your course have practical components? Use this resource to determine your next steps:

Note: Your chair should be notified about your academic plan as you redesign your practical components.

Rethinking Practical Components

Action Plan

  • How will this affect my course(s)?
  • What do I need to do?
  • What do I communicate to students?

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions about teaching, activities, assessments, and accommodations.

Support and Training

Step-by-step tutorials, webinars and additional support.

Teaching Resources

Communicating with Students

Tips for maintaining communication with your students

Learning Activities

Suggested alternatives to in-class learning activities


Ideas for alternative assessment methods

The Educational Technology Tool Finder lists a variety of popular tools used by Seneca faculty and students. You will find brief descriptions, examples in practice, and login information if applicable.