Help students feel connected
Send students a welcome email before the start of the term to set a positive tone. Explain how to best navigate the remote environment, and how you will help them succeed. Click here for a template (look for the "Welcome email" tab).
Spread out assessments to reduce student stress
Instead of one or two high-stakes exams, plan for a number of small, low-stakes assessments throughout the course to help students get accustomed to being assessed remotely and minimize consequences in case of technical difficulties. See example evaluation schemes here.