Customizable Resources

Select a link to download a customizable resource. When prompted by your web browser, choose to Save the document and then edit as you wish.

Remember to convert documents to .PDF format before uploading into Blackboard.

Use this template to help you get started with your course syllabus. Add the completed syllabus to your Course Information area in Blackboard.

Expectations Statement
Outlining clear expectations for your online students sets them up for success. Adopt or adapt these expectations for your online classroom, and consider turning the statement into an orientation assignment for your students to be sure they have read it.

Sample Lesson Plan
Using a lesson plan template can help you organize your course and, more importantly, will show you and your students how assignments and assessments are aligned with learner outcomes and objectives. Once you’ve drafted your lesson plans, use them to create Lesson Plans or Learning Modules within the Course Content area of Blackboard.

Technology Requirements
Technical hiccups are bound to occur in an online course. To limit those hiccups to legitimate technical errors, make sure students know upfront what technologies they are required to use in your course and how to obtain them. Use this template to get started.

Instructor Introduction
If you’re teaching a fully-online course, it’s important to have a presence in the “classroom.” Adding an Instructor Introduction, and a picture if you choose, will help students get to know you. Use this sample for ideas when creating your own.

Discussion Board Scoring Guide
Provide students with a rubric for evaluating their participation in virtual discussions. You can use this one, customize it to suit your needs, or use the table to create your own criteria.

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