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Blackboard Start of Semester Best Practices

  • Check the course settings to confirm that the course is available and categorized appropriately and course duration is set to correct dates.
  •  Select  the appropriate student enrollment option and enroll students if the Instructor enrollment option has been chosen.  If you have requested your course be created in advance of the deadline provided by the Blackboard (August 9th for the 2013 Fall semester), your students will be batch enrolled in the course by the Blackboard administrator.
  •  Post the updated syllabus, and modify any of the faculty information that has changed.
  •  Check the availability of course materials, assignments and discussion forums and modify as needed. 
  • Be sure to check your the Webadvisor roster on the first day of class, as it may have changed since you initially enrolled your students.
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