Blackboard Learn Pre-Semester Checklist
Bb LEARN PRE-SEMESTER CHECKLIST
Before the start of each semester, make sure to go through this checklist to ensure that your courses are ready to launch and that old courses are made unavailable if desired.
1. Make Sure Your Courses Are Listed in Learn
Log into Blackboard Learn and make sure that all of your courses for Fall 2021 are showing up in your course list. These courses will have the semester code 202180 at the end (e.g. COMM-15000-600-202180).
2. Request Course Section Combines
If you are teaching multiple sections of the same course and would like to have your course sections combined into one course, you can request for the Blackboard Team to do this for you. Note: It may take 2-3 days for your courses to be combined. Make sure to have sections combined BEFORE doing a course copy or adding content.
3. Set Up Your Course and/or Copy Your Course Materials
If you are teaching an online, hybrid, or remote course, consider adopting the Kent State Online Template. This template provides an organizational framework as well as many student resources. Contact your Instructional Designer for more information about and a walkthrough of the template.
When you enter an empty course, you will receive a prompt asking if you want to import the Kent State Online template. Click "Get Started with the Template" to import it or "No, Start With a Blank Course" to decline and begin with an empty course as usual.
If you want to reuse content from previous semesters, you can opt out of importing the template, then course copy prior materials into new courses.
If you plan to use both the template and previously-used materials, you can import the template first and then move your existing content into the template framework. For help combining the template with existing course materials, contact your Instructional Designer.
4. Check Your Rosters
Review your rosters in FlashLine and compare them to the rosters in your Learn courses. If any students are missing from your Learn course(s), you can instruct them to sync their accounts through FlashLine (On the Student Tools tab, click the "Missing courses in Blackboard? Sync your account now" link). You can also manually enroll users in your course if needed.
If you notice multiple discrepancies, email your CRNs to your Instructional Designer to re-sync your Learn course(s) with Banner.
5. Enroll Senior Guests
Student Services and the Stark Helpdesk request the creation of Flashline/Blackboard accounts for senior guests; however, senior guests are not automatically enrolled in Blackboard courses. If you have any senior guests who will be attending your class(es), you will need to manually enroll them in your Blackboard course(s). Please make sure to enroll them as Students, NOT Guests.
6. Set Course Start/End Dates
By default, your Blackboard Learn courses are set up to be continuously available, which means that there are no start or end dates associated with your courses. As soon as a course appears in your course list, enrolled students can see it. Enrolled students will also continue to have access to their old courses.
If you want to limit student access to your courses, you must set your course duration, or start/end dates.
7. Set Up Test Proctoring
If you are teaching an online or hybrid course that requires proctored testing, please view the Proctored Testing information page. Consult with your Instructional Designer for training and assistance in setting up proctored testing for your courses.