Guide: Getting your class ready at the start of each term

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This guide will lead you through the steps needed to get your course ready to teach online each term.

  • Who is this for: Online Instructors
  • What is required: A Desire2Learn course, your CRN, and important syllabus information to share with students

Edit your course information page

If you teach a WEB course, make sure you update your course information page so that students know about any requirements for your course. Make sure you include textbook information, any required software, and include a brief intro to the course.

Course availability

Distance Education will send out an e-mail when courses become available. If you are teaching a fully online course and it has not been reviewed yet, your course will not be available to you until it has been reviewed. You’ll need to contact the faculty mentor responsible for your discipline.

Crosslisting your course

If you teach more than one section, or CRN, of the same course, you have the option to combine them together. Combining sections is referred to as crosslisting, and is a manual task that needs to be done by the Distance Education department. If you’d like to crosslist your courses, fill out a form with your course details. Wait until you get confirmation on the crosslisting before proceeding with the next tasks.

Copy course content from a previous term

Once your new course is available, you can copy content from a previous term. This allows you to quickly prepare your next course using the material from last term.

Adjusting dates

If you’ve copied content from another course, you will need to update date information in your syllabus and as well as access dates for individual content items and activities, like quizzes, discussions, and dropbox folders. If you’re feeling bold, you can even offset all course dates based on a new term starting date.

Activate your custom home page

If you have developed your own custom homepage, you will need to activate the custom homepage in the new course.

Activate your custom navbar

If you have developed your own custom navigation bar, you will need to activate the custom navbar in your new course.

Allow registration overrides for a student

If you want to add a student after the first day of the term, you will need to complete an online registration override for the student.

Add incomplete students

If you have a student who needs access to the new term to finish course work for a previously Incomplete course, you can request access for the incomplete student.

Add a welcome message in the News

Greet your incoming students with a welcoming post in the news tool that introduces you to the students and tells students what to do first.