Here’s a checklist to help you get organized for teaching as the semester approaches.
If you use Blackboard for course management
- Make your course available (when it’s ready for viewing!). The default setting for a course shell is “Not Available.” Look for the Course Management box at the bottom left, click Customization > Properties > Set Availability > Yes.
- Instruct your students, via an email from CUNYfirst, to contact you if they cannot see their course in Blackboard.
- Don’t forget – you must use your CUNYfirst credentials to log into Blackboard.
- Make an archive copy of your Blackboard courses from last semester. An archive copy includes student performance records, which is different from exporting a course package so you can import it into a blank course shell. Exporting a course from last semester to recycle this semester might save you lots of time; you don’t have to recreate materials you will be using again.
If you use Google Classroom for course management
- Download all grades from last semester’s class, then archive the class. No changes can be made to an archived class but you can reuse the assignments and announcements.
- Make sure your classes are listed correctly in CUNYfirst, including the correct mode of instruction.
- Check your class rosters to see who’s enrolled in your class.
- Reach out to your students before the semester begins. Learn how to email your students from CUNYfirst.
- Review this tip on using CUNYfirst to report attendance. You will be asked to submit verification of attendance rosters beginning the third week of classes, so create a reminder on your calendar.
Your campus classroom
- Make sure you have access to your classroom. Contact your departmental office to ascertain how to access your assigned classroom (card swipe or key). If the room has card swipe access, make sure your QC ID card is activated. For key access, contact the Main Gate Security at 718-997-5912. Visit OIT’s Training & Technology page for information on using tech enhanced classrooms.
- Check in with the online book store to confirm that the books you have ordered for your class are available. Use your CUNYfirst credentials to view your selections, or mark your course as “no books required.” Textbook information entered through the bookstore will automatically update your course in CUNYfirst. Consider having the library place a copy of the book on reserve for your class. You can request that with this online form.
- Remember to give a copy of your syllabus to your department for its assessment files. Keep a copy for your own files, and maybe post it on your professional website or course website.
- Visit the New Faculty Orientation post on our website and get acquainted with some of the folks around campus who can help you get things done. Even if this is not your first semester teaching at Queens College, you might learn something new.
- Subscribe to our email list Socrates, to receive announcements about upcoming events, workshops, and research opportunities.
How are you getting ready for the fall semester? Let us know in the comments.