Snow Day Solutions

What options are available for keeping your class on schedule when there is a snow day or other unforeseen problems prevent you and your students from getting to class? The Center for Innovative Learning (CIL) offers solutions for making sure you don’t fall behind.

Before deciding if you should cancel class, be sure to check the UNTHSC home news page or call 817-735-2000 to see if the University is operating on a normal schedule. Watch local TV and listen to local radio. All four major local television channels – NBC 5, ABC 8, and FOX 4 – are notified when we close for inclement weather. If we do close, our information will be included with the school, government and other closures these broadcasts announce. In addition to these television outlets, local radio stations WBAP (820 AM), KRLD (1080 AM) and KVIL (103.7 FM) also are notified of HSC closures.

Are you interested in participating in a Faux Snow Day on Thursday, October 26? This would entail presenting your class via Zoom Technology and prepare you for using tools for a real snow day or another emergency.


Here are a few suggestions for how you can keep your students engaged even if you can’t get to the classroom. Check below the infographic for links to snow days tools.

Conversations & announcements – Use the email and announcement features in your Canvas site. Click below for details.

Online, asynchronous discussions  – Use the discussion board feature in Canvas to facilitate asynchronous, written discussion. Discussion boards can be configured for a variety of uses, including to allow anonymous posts.

Zoom web conferencing – – Zoom provides functionality similar to WebEx, GoToMeeting and other web conferencing systems. It supports voice, camera and screen sharing, plus text chat.  Zoom can also be used to record video to post for students to watch in lieu of attending class in person (e.g., lecture video, demonstration, etc). Zoom is available to faculty and staff.  Use the Zoom Request Form.

FreeConference, Standard Service – Telephone conferencing service. An Instructor/Meeting host can sign up for a free account and gets a phone number and access code that can be used at any time. Accommodates up to 150 participants. No charge to meeting host, but toll charges apply to all callers.

Canvas Conferences – Canvas includes a feature called Big Blue Button which provides for live audio, video, screen sharing and chat function.  You can access Big Blue Button through the Conferences area of your Canvas site.

Canvas Conferences allows you to conduct real-time, online lectures directly in Canvas. Broadcast audio and video, answer questions, demo applications on your desktop, share presentation slides, or share online resources. It is recommended that instructors arrange a demonstration session with CIL before trying to conduct a conference with a class.  Contact to arrange a demonstration session.

VoiceThread – See Beat the Next Snow Day with VoiceThread. UNTHSC has VoiceThread available though Canvas. Find out more here.