Crash Course

This page is for you if you've just been assigned a course that starts in less than a week or has already started.

Here's the minimal list of items to get you started. When you've caught your breath, go back and review the other teaching tasks.

  1. Get a recent syllabus for the course from your department contact. Unless you have taught this course before, it's probably easier to use the plan in the syllabus at least for the first few weeks.
  2. Check the Class Schedule to confirm how your course is meeting. If your course says NA for Days, students will complete their work asynchronously. Distance courses with a day and time for class meeting should plan to meet through web conferencing during those times. See our Note on Distance Ed for more information.
  3. Post your syllabus to your Blackboard course (print copies for face-to-face courses).
  4. Ask your department contact for a desk copy of the textbook.
  5. Look at the roster in UAOnline (Faculty Services, Summary Class List) or ask your department contact to print it for you.
  6. Determine the class activities and assignments for the first week.
  7. Find your classroom or familiarize yourself with the technology being used for an online course. If you are teaching on the main campus, buy a parking pass (no pass needed for 2020-21).
  8. Send a welcome/introduction email to your students from Blackboard announcements.
  9. Add resources to the Blackboard course site for your class.