I've spent a lot of time in the digital pedagogy world and while it's not my area of research working within FemTechNet and here at HASTAC means that I've got some expertise that might be helpful for those who are doing this for the first time and under duress.
For the time being, I sincerely think it is worth treating this as unusual - an emergency response, rather than expecting yourself to spin up a well-developed online course. As many people have noted, it takes training, resources, and technology (with support) to do this as a regular practice. I used to work at ASU where departments had studios for developing web-ready content and there was a suite of people whose job it was to help. This is not that scenario. I’ll write more for the longer-term planning another time.
It is useful to talk to your students about the new expectations - including making room for insufficient technical infrastructure, anxiety, and illness in students/family. Ground yourself in the course goals/outcomes you already wrote (you did do that, I hope) and then think about what can reasonably meet some or all of those goals. Additionally, if you know what platform you and your students will be using, please take some time and talk with everyone about minimum operating requirements for those tools. Have students upload anything they may need before they need it.
Asynchronicity is your friend here - think about what *must* be done as a collective (if anything) and what can be done using blog posts, discussion boards, and other tools that are likely already a part of your existing course management system. For reasons of student safety and FERPA, I’d encourage using tools that are already a part of your university system for this kind of asynchronous communication. If you already use public media, then by all means continue, but I don’t encourage people to require students to publicly perform on the internet. That said, you’ll find tools for a more open classroom here as well.
A word on proprietary systems - I dislike them and I’m not into feeding the disaster capitalism machine. THAT SAID - this is an urgent response. You can do certain things (discussed in the linked document) if you have the capacity. That said, if you have little time (as is the case here) it may be easier to roll activities onto your existing CMS. What I do not suggest is that you upload all of your intellectual content onto the CMS -- so recording all lectures, discussions, etc. Depending on your contract, that may become someone else’s intellectual property (remember that I was at ASU where teaching online meant letting go of IP). You can live stream synchronous events (twitch, for example) rather than record or you can serve the recordings in other locations (like in a private YouTube channel).
I'm including some of the key resources here because the google doc is having some performance issues due to heavy use. This set is less rapidly updated and much smaller than the full list but should also be helpful.
Getting Started for You and Your Students
Questions to ask students about online course feasibility (Danya Glabau)
Dr. Caleb McDaniel’s and Dr. Jenifer Bratter’s Tips for Learning During Disruption
Collected Resources on Digital Tools and Uses
A curation of tweets, links and tips for teaching online with care in mind, thinking beyond the technical
Torrie Trust’s slide deck: Teaching Remotely in Times of Need
NYU Shanghai’s “Digital Toolkit” - developed especially for the rapid deployment of online teaching. Includes resources for grading, discussions, webinars for particular tools, and lessons learned from colleagues in China.
Humanities Commons Bringing Your Course Online
Amanda Henrich’s A Crash Course for Switching to Online (SLAC oriented)
Jenae Cohn’s and Beth Seltzer’s (evolving) collection of resources for teaching effectively during times of disruption (Stanford focus, mentioned: Canvas, Zoom)
Remote Academia 2020 Resources
Resources for Dance-based Pedagogy Online (via Jessica Rajko)
Inside Higher Ed’s Running a COVID-19 Necessitated Online Meeting
Stacey Margarita’s Putting Our Language Courses Online