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Art, Design & Architecture Resources for Rapidly Shifting Courses Online

This is a guide for Art, Design & Architecture Resources in response to the University of Illinois' guidelines for COVID19.

FAA-specific guidelines

Dean Hamilton has put together guidance on FAA's continuity plan, which can be accessed here (Illinois netid required).

Here's a section on guiding principles:

Guiding Principles

Course Completion

  1. Keep the health of our faculty, staff, and students at the center of all plans.
  2. The best approaches will come from collective thinking. Invite students into the course redesign process; use (virtual) group meetings with colleagues to compare notes and strategize.
  3. Prioritize graduating students to assist them toward completion wherever possible.
  4. Revisions to original assignments or even grading rubrics are possible, as long as you make them with clarity and transparency.
  5. Courses must comply with FERPA. Grades may not be shared via email, and though instruction may make use of any online platform, only university-approved educational technologies may be required.
  6. Consult DRES and other experts to ensure accessibility for all students.
  7. Students may not be asked to pay for additional fees related to course delivery, including proctoring fees or platform subscriptions.
  8. Always look to use the lowest-bandwidth technology necessary. Use an anonymous poll or other confidential means to establish what technologies your students have access to.
  9. In extremely rare cases, some students may need to conclude the year with a grade of “incomplete” for their course. Do not design for this approach without consultation with your department or school leadership, under the advice of the Office of the Dean.


  1. Ensure a clear and prompt means of communication with students, either through scheduled office hours via virtual chat or forum, or email with instructions on when students should expect replies.
  2. Expect interruptions and changes; establish a fallback plan for regrouping with students via low-bandwidth means (email, group chat) in case of platform failure.
  3. Any synchronous online meetings must be held during regularly scheduled class times.
  4. With emotions running high for many of us, let’s extend grace and listen, even when we are not the source of the problem at hand.

Converting to Online

  • Walkthrough guides, training sessions and individual support for faculty on transitioning to alternatives modes of instructional delivery are available at Use this portal to access CITL staff who are standing by and ready to help.
  • There is a checklist for faculty to help ensure you have completed all the steps necessary to transition your course to an alternative delivery mode HERE.
  • Some departments, schools and colleges have additional resources and support for their faculty. Please look for additional emails from your department, school or college.
  • All student technical support needs should be directed to
  • U of I System Faculty Support and Training for Online Classes

Copyright Considerations

Resources for Teaching

Remote/virtual teaching resources for the arts


General remote/virtual teaching & research resources


Open Educational Resources (OER) & open textbooks

  • Mason OER Metafinder

    • Real-time search engine (not a static database) of OER resources, created by George Mason University

  • SmartHistory

    • Smarthistory is a free resource for the study of art history created by art historians Beth Harris and Steven Zucker. Smarthistory is an independent not-for-profit organization and the official partner to Khan Academy for art history.

  • Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

    • The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum’s collection.

  • Art + Design Online 

    • Digital collections + websites of art, architecture + design images, books, films, photography + more