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Blackboard New Semester Checklist

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Getting Ready for the Next Semester Checklist

 

This document is a checklist of items that the Training Team recommends faculty do each semester to help create a smooth transition from one semester to another.  For documentation on how to complete any of the tasks listed below, go to the MCCC portal page >  Help Desk button  Training tab Blackboard folder.

 

Task  

Done

Perform Course Copy

It is recommended that you do not select the following during course copy:

  • Announcements
  • Syllabus
  • Student Support Services and College Information - Technical Help Desk

 

Important Considerations

  • If you see a green bar across the top saying “Success: Course copy action queued…” the course copy is in progress. Course copy can  take several minutes to hours depending on the amount of content  in the course and where your course is in the course copy  queue. For example, if another instructor copied their course, then that course will finish the copy process before your course will begin copying. You will receive an email when the process is complete.
  • If you teach multiple sections of the same course, course copy to one of the new sections from the previous semester and perform all remaining tasks located below.  Then, copy the new section where these tasks were completed to your other new sections.  

 

Located below is a checklist broken up into roughly 30 minute segments. 

 

Task

Done 

Delete any outdated course materials

 

Documents (Word, PDFs)

 

Presentations (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.)

 

Videos (YouTube, NBC Learn, Films on Demand, Camtasia Relays)

 

Web links

 

Wikis and/or Blogs (Delete or recycle as applicable)

 

Journals

 

Assessments (Including any Assignments or Tests)

 

Delete old content from course Files (Control Panel Files) 

 

Delete old files you no longer need

 

NOTE: It is recommended that you contact training@mc3.edu for assistance with this task. 

 

Clean Discussion Board

 

Delete forums no longer needed

 

Delete threads from previous semester in the forums you want to keep

 

Adjust forum settings for the forums you want to keep

 

Ensure key discussion board forums are made available

 

Create any new forums

 

 

 

Task

Done 

Upload new syllabus in the Syllabus link on the course menu

 

Check the name of the course to make sure it matches information on the Syllabus

 

Check holidays and breaks to see when they occur during the semester 

 

Ensure all college policies are included, and kept up to date

 

Ensure contact information is updated

 

Edit contact information in “Contact Your Instructor” (if applicable)

 

 

Task

Done 

Create then upload any new course materials

 

Documents (Word, PDFs)

 

Presentations (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.)

 

Videos (YouTube, NBC Learn, Films on Demand, Camtasia Relays)

 

Web links

 

Wikis and/or Blogs

 

Journals

 

Assessments (Including any Assignments or Tests)

 

Check to make sure all hyperlinks, Course Links, and Web Links, still work

 

Edit and update any broken or missing hyperlinks

 

Make sure all videos (YouTube, NBC Learn, Cam Relay, & Films on Demand) play

 

Remove any missing video files 

 

Adjust timeframes based on new course schedule (Display After/Display Until)

 

Availability for folders in Course Materials (e.g., weekly, units, chapters, modules)

 

Assessment availability (Including Assignments and Tests)

 

Discussion Board availability

 

Wiki and/or Blog availability

 

Journal availability

 

 

Task

Done 

Adjust Calendar dates (Due Dates) based on new course schedule

 

Adjust due dates on all assessments to reflect current semester

 

Clean Grade Center

 

Delete redundant “Total” and “Weighted Total” columns.

 

Set appropriate column as external grade (e.g., Total or Weighted Total)

 

Add any additional columns for assessments (if applicable)

 

Delete duplicate categories (if weight by category)

 

Edit the “Weighted Total” column to verify or add correct weights (if applicable)

 

Turn on Blackboard Analytics

 

Turn on Blackboard Analytics for Faculty and Students

 

Add Tool Link Course Analytics (Student Reports) to the menu

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

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