Start of the Semester Checklist

Things tend to get a bit busy just before the start of the semester and as hard as it is for the LMS Team to believe, sometimes Blackboard isn’t your top priority. Be that as it may, there are some things you need to keep in mind with beginning of the semester approaching so that your online content isn’t overlooked.

To keep your students from being lost, the CFC has a created a checklist to help remind you of those Blackboard tasks that are important – even if you only have to worry about them once a semester.

If you would like more information on how to make the start of the semester smoother, please contact the LMS team at 828.227.2930 or

Request a Course Merge

A merge after students have submitted work creates grading challenges

Request to have a framework installed

We can preload your course with all the tools you’ll need in the menu and content areas to easily organize your content. We can install versions with
content folders or learning modules, just let us know which you prefer

Request a Course Copy

Update the weekly overview

Send & Post a welcome letter

Create & post a course orientation video

Panopto is a great way to take your students on a virtual tour of your course content and will reduce frustration and confusion for both of you.

Post the course objectives

(extract from syllabus)

as an Item for quick reference? 

Update or review the latest syllabus

See template to ensure yours is in compliance. Click here for syllabus template

Post textbook information to Blackboard

Including  any other source materials the students might need?.

Reorganized course?

Do you want a different folder/unit/module organization in Bb – Modules?

Considered a Week 0 implementation

to include things students should do before the start of the semester?


Decided to deploy the Academic integrity module?

Optional content available in your course                           


Have you gone into the Student Preview Mode to review your course as a student?

What you see in Blackboard is not always what your students see.                                                                                                                                                                                   

Confirmed all video/external web links are still active?

Links that were good last semester may not work or may take your students to the wrong web site.

Have you made the course Available to Students?

This doesn’t happen automatically at the beginning of the semester. Your students are loaded into Blackboard from Banner two weeks before the start of the semester, so if your course is ready before then you can give them early access.

Configure your course to use Panopto and update links?

Whether you have already recorded videos or plan to do so, make sure your course is Panopto ready.

Need More Information?

For information regarding any of the topics listed or anything related to Blackboard, during working hours, feel free to call our main line at 828.227.7196

Please recognize that any educational technology requests will be forwarded to which is being monitored by ITHelp and then will be forwarded via the time-tracking system to the appropriate person on our Educational Technology team if the folks at the Help Desk are not able to solve the issue with you.

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