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Distance Education Semester Prep Checklist

Getting Ready

  • Can you see all of your courses? 
    • Are all your assigned courses for the next semester listed in the Online Schedule and in Blackboard? If not, please verify with your department that you are assigned the course. If you have verified you are assigned to the course and you do have missing classes, please send the synonym(s) of the missing course(s) to pamela.montalbano@austincc.edu.
  • Course Copy
    • Have you copied your course from the previous semester or previous year to each and every section of the course you plan to teach? See Copying Course Content for step-by-step instructions.
  • Course Syllabus
  • Update Your Course for the New Semester
    • Have you made the necessary modifications and updates to your courses? If you use due dates or have ‘start and end dates’ for different assignments, have you reset these dates? Double-check course content and references (videos, hyperlinks, etc.). Make sure any course activities are active and working (quizzes, discussion forums, etc.). Is your orientation exercise ready? Check out our resources under Course Content.
  • Online Testing
    • Testing for courses will be online. Visit the Teaching Online Continuity Guide to find detailed instructions and procedures for all the online testing options available at ACC
  • Resources for Students
  • Area of Study Advisors for Distance Education
    • Advisors are available for distance education students at every stage of their education journey at ACC. DE students starting their educational program are recommended to visit with an ACC Area of Study Advisor to help them get started on the right track.
  • Early Intervention Program
    • This program is available to help improve our retention and success rates. Submit an Early Intervention Request Form to request assistance in reaching DE students who have missed online orientations, fallen behind in coursework, neglected to submit assignments or exams, or if the Office of Distance & Alternative Education can provide student services referral information.
  • Online Tutoring

Class in Session

  • Blackboard Opens
    • Your Blackboard course should already be available to your students online. Remember: Classes need to be updated before the first day of class.
  • Welcome/Getting Started Message
    • Consider a Welcome/Getting Started message through email or on Blackboard to engage students early.
Updated on August 14, 2020

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