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.

Friday Webinar Series from March and April 2020

Each weekly webinar provides advice and tips to maintain academic continuity.

Webinar Topic Details
Getting Ready to Week One of Online Teaching Webinar outline:

  • Preparing for a successful first week online
  • Online teaching tips
  • Maintaining accessibility and accommodation

Getting Ready for Week One of Online Teaching (webinar recording)

Getting Ready for Week One of Online Teaching (presentation slides)

Session Questions and Answers (PDF)

Assessing Learning in an Online Environment Webinar outline:

  • Your online teaching tips
  • Encouraging student participation
  • Checking-in: formative assessments
  • Designing online tests and exams
  • Alternative assessments

Assessing Learning in an Online Environment (webinar recording)

Assessing Learning in an Online Environment (presentation slides)

Session Questions and Answers (PDF)
Your Online Teaching Tips

Wrapping Up Your Course Webinar outline:

  • Conducting an online review class
  • Invigilating an online exam
  • Promoting Academic Integrity
  • Online grading

Wrapping Up Your Course (webinar recording)

Wrapping Up Your Course (presentation slides)

Session Questions and Answers (PDF)

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.