Fall 2020 Course Preparation

Fall 2020 course shells were made available to faculty in Blackboard in the spring (April 2020). All faculty should be prepared to use Blackboard for the fall semester to either teach courses completely online or use Blackboard as a supplement to hybrid courses. 

Completely Online Courses

A number of resources have been provided throughout spring and summer to use for the fall semester. Several courses delivered remotely 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 course coordinator serving as a subject matter expert and content provider, and a vendor who is building 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. 

Access to Master Courses   

The list of master courses that have been developed can be found here: Master Course “Look-Up” List. If you served as a faculty developer for a master course during the summer and you were a part of Wave 1, your master course content was copied into your fall course shell automatically on August 10th. Please contact your Symbiosis instructional designer for more information on this process. 

If you were not the original developer of a master course and you would like to have a master course (Master Course “Look-Up” List) copied into your fall course shell, contact ITTD to request assistance.
    
Master Course Readiness Guide and Checklists 

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 fall semester and you are not using master course content, there is likely online course content that can be used for your fall 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 Fall 2020 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 Fall 2020 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 Fall 2020 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), 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 Fall 2020 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 Fall 2020 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 Fall 2020 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.