Spring 2021 Course Preparation

Spring 2021 course shells are available to faculty in Blackboard. Courses marked "Not Currently Available" are unavailable to students, but are available to faculty. Spring 2021 courses will be made available to students system-wide on January 21, 2021. All faculty should be prepared to use Blackboard for the spring semester.

Syllabus Templates

Two Spring 2021 syllabus templates have been made available for faculty to use. The Spring 2021 Syllabus Template-Main template should be used for courses classified as Main. The Spring 2021 Syllabus Template-Distance Learning template should be used for courses classified as Distance Learning. Both templates are available under the Links section of the Provost’s Faculty Resources.

Completely Online Courses

A number of resources are available for the spring semester. Several courses are now under development for fully online delivery. These are referred to as master courses. Each master course is being developed using a partnership between a faculty subject matter expert, who designs content, and a vendor, who builds the online course. All sections of a course will use the master course as the general design but customization is possible. If you have questions about your department’s master courses, please contact the department chair and work with the Course Coordinator. 

Access to Master Courses   

The list of master courses that have been developed can be found here: Master Course “Look-Up” List. If you would like to have a master course copied into your spring course shell, contact ITTD to request assistance.
    
Master Course Readiness Guide and Checklists 
Master CourseDistance Education Quality Course Practice Scorecard
Request Master Course Copy Services from ITTD

Access to Existing Online Course Content

Hundreds of online courses have been previously developed and taught at A&T. If you are scheduled to teach a completely online course for the spring semester and you are not using master course content, there is likely online course content that can be used for your spring courses. Check with your department chair or the Extended Campus (Gwen Godard – godardg@ncat.edu) to find out if the course has been previously developed for online delivery. If the course has been previously developed or taught online, a request can be made to have the content copied into your Spring 2021 course shell. 

If you would like to request that content be copied from the original development shell, contact the ITTD team and provide the course name and number along with your Spring 2021 course ID (as it appears in Blackboard). If you desire content from a previously taught course shell, contact the instructor on record of the department chair to seek approval to use the content. Email that approval, the course ID for the source course, and your Spring 2021 course ID (as it appears in Blackboard) to the ITTD team. 

Course copy requests may take 24-48 hours for completion, so please plan accordingly.  

Course copy requests can be sent to: 

David Whitehead (dfwhitehead@ncat.edu), Nanette Deberry (nmdeberr@ncat.edu), Tina McKinnie (wcmckinnie@ncat.edu), Bessie Nkonge (bessien@ncat.edu) or Tracie Lewis (tolewis@ncat.edu). 

Please note that once content is copied, the course navigation menu items on the left of the destination course will shift. After the copy process is completed, you will need to rearrange the menu items in the destination course and remove any extra menu items.

Access to Content from Previous Semesters 

Faculty who taught courses in previous semesters may wish to copy that content into Spring 2021 course shells. Course copies can be performed following a few simple steps: 

  1. Access the source course in Blackboard. (This is the course that has the content you want to copy.)
  2. In the Control Panel, expand Packages and Utilities and click Course Copy. 
  3. Select Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course.
  4. In the Destination Course ID box, click Browse to select your destination course. (Locate and select the course into which the content will be copied.) 
  5. Select the course materials that you want to copy. Select All is recommended. (Be sure to deselect “Announcements” and choose “Include online the forums, with no starter posts” under Discussion Board.) 
  6. In the File Attachments section, select Copy links and copies of the content.
  7. Click Submit.

If you wish to use content taught by a colleague in a previous semester, contact that colleague for approval to use the content. (If the instructor is no longer available, contact the department chair.) Email that approval, the course ID for the source course, and your Spring 2021 course ID (as it appears in Blackboard) to the ITTD team. The course will be copied within 24-48 hours of the request.

Please note that once content is copied, the course navigation menu items on the left of the destination course will shift. After the copy process is completed, you will need to rearrange the menu items in the destination course and remove any extra menu items. 

Hybrid Courses  

Blackboard should be used to supplement hybrid courses that will be taught on the main campus. Faculty who are teaching hybrid courses can use content from completely online courses in Spring 2021 course shells. For information on accessing this content, review the Completely Online Courses section. 

Course Templates   

All Blackboard course shells and materials should be organized using a logical, build-upon precept manner. Content folders or learning modules should be used to house related course materials (e.g. chapters, weeks, units, or modules). Course templates (located in Blackboard) can be used as a model and guide as you organize your hybrid courses. The Enhanced Course Template and the Flipped Course Template provide examples of how course materials can be organized, sample activities, instructor resources, and more. For access to a course template, please contact in ITTD team member. ITTD instructional designers can also assist with course design and development. 

More Resources   

To learn more about master courses, access the Online Faculty Commons in Blackboard. Select Distance Education from the course menu and visit the Designing a Course folder.

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