3 weeks prior to class:
- Prepare your syllabus using the guidelines provided. Save a copy in Microsoft Word format and upload it into the Content area of D2L.
- Begin uploading and organizing your other course materials in the Content page on D2L.
- Setup release conditions on modules or content to restrict student access to follow a certain flow of activities.
2 weeks prior to class:
- Post expectations for students on D2L.
- Post your contact information, virtual office hours, and what students can expect from you.
- Continue adding and organizing course materials.
- Set up your grade book.
- Set up the course calendar.
Note: courses open for student access 1 week prior to class.
1 week prior to class:
- Email students a welcome message. You can email via the Classlist.
- Record a 3-5 minute welcome video.
- Refine course materials available under content, resources, and calendar.
- Check to make sure all hyperlinks and uploaded documents load properly.
First day of class:
- Email students a second welcome; include the welcome video.
- Consider making your first assignment a student created class schedule. Ask them to submit a calendar to you with time for course work highlighted as a part of their plan.
- Reiterate what students can expect from you and what you expect from the students.
Throughout the class:
- Continue to communicate regularly with your students via course mail, announcements, and discussion forums.
- Answer questions promptly, following the guidelines or expectations you have previously shared with your students.
- Post an announcement if you are going to be unavailable for any length of time greater than 48 hours.
- Monitor student work and grade assignments in a timely fashion. Share criticism constructively to promote learning.
- Remind students to complete the course evaluation near the end of the class, and wrap up any loose ends for them.
After the class:
- Submit final grades based on registrar/program deadlines.
- Send feedback about your online teaching experience to your academic department, program, and/or the online learning team.