Get acquainted with Blackboard and access tutorials showing how to use specific features including:
Create an audio or video welcome from the instructor in the first module and post a photo and brief biography in the news area of the course for the opening day of the class. Provide a tour of the course. Can be done in text or video.
Review and check all course hyperlinks to readings and supplementary resources and update broken links and remove dead links. Keep resources fresh and current each term. This is also a good time to check for accuracy of due dates if using materials from previous term. Not sure how to check links in your Blackboard course? Instructions are located here: http://madisoncollege.edu/in/blackboard-blackboard-link-checker
Update virus protection on your computer because files will be coming from many sources, and students may not be as careful with anti-virus updates. If you aren’t sure if you have updated recently or aren’t sure if you have virus protection at all, check with the Madison College Help Desk for assistance.
Verify that all referenced sources are properly cited. Model how to cite sources and images ethically and legally for students. Support for citing sources can be found at: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
Each course has a standard note that contains consistent information about a specific course or set of courses within a given program. An option for “Specialized notes” also exists where an individual instructor can add information related to technical expectations, assignments due first day, proctored exams, software and textbook information. To update your specialized note, contact your school.