AU instituted emergency training for online courses, based on a pandemic simulation, two years ago and has been preparing faculty campus-wide on a possible H1N1 virus pandemic since early 2009. The plan is based on awareness (surveys and syllabi instructions), training (workshops and simulations), and support (graduate fellows and faculty mentors).
Teaching remotely is a tool for many situations other than a pandemic, such as sickness, snow days, security situations, or hurricanes. It is also an opportunity to raise the level of technology use on campus. It may well be that AU will for some classes or periods become an online university.