University of Wisconsin–Madison

Instructors: Preparing for the first day

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.

Student studying at Wisconsin School of Business
Student studying at Wisconsin School of Business

Your students will need:

  • Course syllabus
  • Course access
  • 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.