Semester/Term Start Up Checklist
9 Steps for a Smooth Online Start
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- Prepare for publication on the first official day of class
The official first day of class at CBU is now a Monday (or Tuesday, if that Monday is a holiday). On that first official day of the term, CBU auto-publishes every course shell for the semester, so students can see all of their courses on their Canvas Dashboard. Even if you're not scheduled to meet until Thursday, your Canvas course should be ready for publication on the first official day of the semester. This is especially important for online courses, because students do not have a physical classroom to enter. If you're not ready to release your main course content on that first Monday, at minimum, your Executive Pages should be ready for students (Home Page, Syllabus, About your Instructor & Course Overview).
If you have content you don't want students to see yet, keep those modules unpublished until you are ready. Go to this Canvas How-To to see how to publish/unpublish course content.
2. Importing into Canvas
3. Course Due Dates
4. Check that your course is ready for students
5. Request crosslisting or combining of multiple sections
If you need two separate courses crosslisted into one course load or multiple course sections combined under one Canvas Common Shell, please contact us as soon as possible. Once students start entering, performing either of these functions can cause problems with your course. Contact: CDI@cbu.edu (901) 321-4004.
6. Send a Welcome Email
The week before class, it's a good idea to send your students a "Welcome Email." This helps prepare them for learning, get to know you and remind them about any textbooks or additional resources they'll need. Here's an example Welcome Email. This quick guide will show you how to create a classroom email list.
8. Notifying Students about Teams Meeting Times
9. Provide guidance about Follett All-Access in your course/syllabus
Consider adding language similar to this in your course and/or syllabus to provide students with more information about how to use Follett All-Access for their course materials:
This course is part of the Follett ACCESS program, so you do not need to buy course materials. All required materials will be provided to you (unless you have chosen to opt out). Check your CBU email for updates about the program. It will include information about when your course materials will be ready for you to pick up or access from your digital shelf. A course fee has been added to your student account for these materials. If you need more information, contact the CBU bookstore for details: firstname.lastname@example.org (901) 321-3545 CBU Thomas Center.