Blackboard – Checklist for the start of a new academic year

support importantThe following checklist outlines some of the basic, generic things to look out for when setting up your Blackboard materials for the coming academic session.

There may be some things on the list that may not be relevant to you.

DMU does have a Blackboard Module Shell Policy in place; please ensure you are familiar with the policy requirements outlined here (login required).

Things to check in your Blackboard Shell:

Programme leaders:

  • Check that any new staff are familiar with how Blackboard is used, and specifically within your programme/course/modules
  • Check that any new staff are aware of upcoming ELT workshops [Upcoming CELT workshops]

Module leaders:

Teaching staff: [module leaders may wish to negotiate these actions with the teaching team]

  • Check that you are enrolled as an instructor on the correct modules [contact the appropriate module leader if you are not]
  • Check that all online module handbooks are up to date
  • Check that all external hyperlinks in the module shell are functional
  • Check that all links to attached files (PDF, PPT, Word doc, jpg, etc.) in the module shell are functional
  • Check that any links to, or embedded multimedia (e.g. YouTube videos) are/is functional
  • If you are using any Campus Pack tools – make sure you synchronise Campus Pack [How do I do this?]
  • Set-up GradeCentre
  • ‪Make your modules available to students [How do I do this?]
  • Ensure you have your ELT support contact details to hand [Contact details for CELT]

Further Help is available to assist on Blackboard Course Management Tasks as well as Blackboard Course Creation Toolkit – How do I?

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