Use this checklist to keep on track all semester! This checklist is a general overview and may not cover everything for your specific course or program. If you have something you feel we should add to our checklist or any questions about it, please contact Rene Hemenway.
If you haven’t created your Course Outline in Course Outline Manager (COM) yet, click the button below to access COM:Login to COM
For samples of possible language to include in your course outline to inform students on your stance regarding the use of Artificial Intelligence such as ChatGPT you can visit this page.
Once you’ve finished your outline, you need to send your outline for review and wait for an email saying the outline has been reviewed by your dean.
Your Blackboard (Bb) course has already been created for you based on the information in the registration system. Similar to COM, you can copy an existing Bb course into your current course.
Student enrollments in Bb are updated hourly, but the course is not available for them to view until the first day of class unless you manually make it available. Instructors are automatically enrolled in the course based on being assigned the instructor role in the Student Information System. New courses and instructor changes are processed each evening.
Take a tour of the Library while on campus or view this virtual tour. Be sure to introduce yourself to the Copyright Officer, Instructional Librarian and Multimedia staff!
You are required to give your students a copy of the course outline. Search for your course outline and download the PDF so you print copies for your students and/or post the PDF in your Blackboard course.
To request printed copies of your outline email the file to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information so duplicating does not have to email you with questions.
You can get a class list using your Blackboard courses. This list can be printed so you can take attendance on the first day of class. You do not need to take attendance each day unless your program requires it, but you should take attendance the first day to ensure the students are properly registered and attending the correct class.
Sign letters provided to you from students with learning accommodations or student athletes. If a student needs exam accommodations or a deferred exam they must schedule the exam with Academic Resource Centre (ARC) and let you know the date/time they will be writing it.
You will have to drop a copy of the exam to ARC (3rd floor above the B-Wing) or email it to email@example.com with appropriate exam instructions (length of time allowed, can the students bring calculators, notes, textbook, etc.)
Email your program’s Academic Advisor the names of students who have not attended any classes
If you have received a letter requesting you to keep attendance for a funded student, enter their attendance daily or weekly in the Faculty Portal (instructions will be included with the letter).
If you have not received any emails from the Faculty Association, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you are on the mailing list and consider attending a meeting or social event
Download your class list again and take attendance to the students attending the class match the registrations.
Ensure all grades are entered in Blackboard Grade Center (Also referred to as Gradebook) and enter a “0” grade where assignments were not submitted or quizzes were not completed.
Send an Announcement from Blackboard (Bb) reminding students of the final exam date, time & room. Ask students to check their grades in Bb and contact you if there are any discrepancies or questions. Feel free to include additional information about the final exam such as its format, a study guide or review sheet, etc.
If you need to print your final exams, be sure to email your final exam to email@example.com with appropriate details (double-sided, stapled, etc.)
If you are having an online exam, make sure that the exam and test options (date, time, duration, adaptive release) are set correctly.
If you have students who write their exams in the ARC or Accessibilities area or if they need a deferred exam, send the exam to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring extra paper, pencils and other supplies the student may require for the exam.
Ensure the students know your expectations and the rules for final exams. Some common rules are:
Enter final exam grades into Blackboard grade centre.
Send an Announcement telling students that the final exam has been graded and to contact you ASAP if they have any questions about their grades.