University of Wisconsin–Madison

Preparing for the First Day of Class

Follow this document to help prepare for class

Update your student orientation materials

Help students understand what is expected of them throughout the semester, such as assignment expectations, interacting with you and other students, learning spaces, etc. This can be done during meetings with students, using recordings, syllabus, and Module 0. Here is a guide to updating your Module 0.

To prepare for the first day of your classes, here is a list of considerations to work through.

Linked Sites that have changed

WSB.wisc.edu has become BUSINESS.wisc.edu

  • Linked WSB instructor portraits may be broken by this change
  • Links to WSB resources in your course should be checked manually

Continuity of Instruction has become Fall 2021 Instruction

The Provost’s Continuity of Instruction webpage has been redirected to the Office of the Provost’s Spring 2022 Instruction – Teaching and Learning – UW–Madison

Planning Course Timelines

Assignments, quizzes and event dates are marked in your Canvas Calendar.

View due dates and assignment groups for this course only in the Course Summary page.

You can also <download a print copy of the calendar>.

Time Requirements for an online course

One of the keys to successfully completing this course is having a plan/study schedule that will serve as a guide for your students’ time management on track.

Online courses require you to more actively guide your own learning. Prompt your students to plan on spending, for instance, an average of <15> hours per week on the various course components

Consider downloading the template provided below and create a schedule for when your students will devote time to your course, identify, and reserve time for reviewing concepts discussed in class.

Do students need specific software for your course?

Help your students by communicating to them if any of your course requirements fall under the following categories:

  • Campus Resources: additional software your students will need that are available through campus
  • School of Business Teaching and Learning Resources: additional software your students will need that are available through the School of Business
  • Software not-supported by Campus: software that your students will need to purchase from a vendor with an additional cost
  • eTextbooks: integrated textbook content that your students will need to purchase from a vendor with an additional cost

Canvas

Zoom

Having trouble accessing your course because of software or hardware issues?

Contact the DoIT Help Desk: Here are the minimum specifications as outlined by the campus.

  • Office Software:
    • Microsoft Office (free for UW-Madison students through Office 365 portal; for PC or Mac)
    • Google Docs (free cloud service; web browser-based)

Know where to get help.

For course-specific questions: 

To save yourself a lot of trouble, it is suggested that you refer student’s technology-related questions the DoIT Helpdesk, it is very easy for them to do this: DoIT Help Desk

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