Instructors: Preparing for the first day
On the first day of class, instructors will need orientation and course materials available for students. The Wisconsin School of Business will provide you with a Module 0 to orient your students to your course. You can publish whatever you want your students to see before the course or on the first day.
Your students will need:
- Course Syllabi – Instructional Continuity – UW–Madison– Communicating course expectations to students via your course syllabus is important. The university’s recommended course syllabus template has been updated to outline new expectations for students and guidelines for instructors, particularly for in-person courses, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Course Syllabi at UW-Madison – Teaching and Learning Office of the Provost. A course syllabus should minimally convey to students course topics and learning goals, find out more from the Office of the Provost.
Software and hardware required to participate in course meetings and complete work
Textbook and readings
Instructor/student communication strategy
If there are assignments or readings due prior to the first day of class, the Canvas page should be open multiple days prior to classes starting. Additionally, if this is the case, professors should reach out to students with an email letting them know that the Canvas page is open, and that students need to read through it for assignments due the first day. You may want your students to complete an activity to introduce themselves to you or each other, or participate in an online discussion to assess what knowledge or experience your students are coming to the class with.