All courses for Interterm 2020 are being taught on Blackboard. Canvas will not be supported until Spring 2020.
If you haven’t prepared your Blackboard Learn course yet for Interterm 2020, the time is now upon us! Here is a checklist to get you started.
- Log in to Blackboard and organize your courses by grouping them by term. Your courses will be MUCH easier to navigate.
- Print your photo roster from Blackboard utilities to have handy on the first day of class.
- Refresh your Blackboard skills by taking a LinkedIn Learning course. Linked in is free to all Chapman faculty, students, and staff. Sign in with your Chapman email address and password. I suggest Blackboard 9.1 Essentials for Instructors.
- Bookmark the Blackboard Support Site so you know where to go when questions arise.
- Stop by the Tech Hub (DeMille 104) during Blackboard drop-in hours and work on your course site with someone nearby who can assist if questions arise.
- Planning on merging any courses to make them easier to manage? Submit your request early and get ahead of the rush.
- Don’t reinvent the wheel – copy your course over from a prior term.
- Edit or update your course menu to make it easy for your students to find content or tools. If necessary, rename, modify, hide, show, or reorder the menu items.
- Simplify your course menu by turning off all unnecessary tools.
- Add shortcuts to frequently used tools.
- Update and upload your syllabus.
- Review your course content. Consider adding: files, external links, images, and videos. Remove any old content.
- Do you use a digital textbook? Set up your publisher link.
- Do you want to integrate attendance with your Blackboard Grade Center? Check out the Qwickly attendance options.
- Do you want to take online attendance? Set up Qwickly Attendance.
- Post a welcome announcement to your students.
- Add any co-instructors to your course.
- Remind your students about the Blackboard Mobile App for students.
- Download the Blackboard Mobile App for instructors.
- Set up your Grade Center for at least the first two weeks of assignments. Setting up your Grade Center early keeps your students on track and saves you time at the end of the semester.
- Preview your course using the Student Preview Mode.
Need more assistance? Schedule a one-on-one consultation with our Instructional Technologist, Elena Marusak, to learn how to get started with Blackboard, set up your Grade Center, or explore advanced tools. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have questions about using Blackboard? Contact email@example.com.