|Stock Your Course With Good Stuff
|Start building your syllabus! (Is there one already developed? Work with that, or create your own!)
|Don't forget to check with your departmental administrative staff or Dean to ensure you're using the standard content and formatting.
Get the latest Academic Calendar
|Be sure to identify University holidays, etc. that may affect your course's meeting days
Write your course schedule
|Map out the learning activities/assessments/assignments for each week or specific milestones
Determine your readings
|Consult with the MCPHS University librarians for links to journal articles, resources and to discuss any copyright questions
|Find videos to add variety to your content
|Identify resources that will be of use. Make building your course easier - develop a list all of the video URLs you'd like to incorporate when it is time to build the course in Blackboard.
List your web resources
|Start a list of the web links you'll be using, for easy cut/pasting when you start building your content areas
|Take a photo of yourself or create a short introduction video
|Personalize your course--whether you're online or in person, connect with your students!
|Gather all of your files into a single folder
|Don't forget your presentations, lectures, PDFs, and other created handouts
|Arrange Your Course Shell
|Request the basic course template or the Learning Module template
|This provides a standardized base to start adding content into
|Adjust content to align with the course template (if used)
|Ask your an instructional designer about integrating a course template into your course(s).
|Add or subtract weekly modules as needed
|15 weeks? 12 or 10 week summer course? Project or other milestone based course? Set up your modules to reflect this
|Include specific and detailed instructions; develop or reference rubrics to guide students
|Develop and record your presentations
|It's better to have several 15 minute lectures with 15-20 slides (if you're using PowerPoint) than 2 hours and 67 slides.
|Develop your discussion board topics and link them within your lessons
|Don't forget to think about criteria, expectations on formatting, peer response, etc. to create complete exercises
|Learn more about discussion boards and ways to implement them here!
Prep your weekly units
|Work through them in sequence--focus on the early weeks of the semester, to ensure there is content for the start of the semester
|Add Grade Center categories as needed
|Projects? Special categories that align with your syllabus
|Learn about customizing the Grade Center
|Edit your weighted total column in the Grade Center
|Set the grading categories to their appropriate weights. (Be sure to set up the categories first!)
|Learn more about Weighted Total Columns
|Finalize and Launch Your Course!
|Run the "Check Course Links" Tool
|This checks internal links and helps to ensure accuracy (This process can take several minutes to complete)
|Check your external web links
|This has to be done manually, but it's important to be sure you're providing updated and available information to your students!
|Double check your Grade Center
|Now's the time to check with an Instructional technologist or designer to be sure it's set up as you would like!
|Send an email to Academic Technology and Instructional Support.
Post an announcement
|Welcome your students and don't forget to select "Send Email"
|Learn how to create an announcement.
|Use the student preview
|Use Student Preview to experience the course exactly as it will display to your students.
|Learn how to use the student preview.
|Make your course available
|We recommend making your course live a week prior to the start of the semester--this allows students to familiarize themselves with your course content, the syllabus and identify textbook and supplies purchases. You can leave the units hidden for now.
|Learn how to make your course available.