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Semester Startup: The First Week of the Semester

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Week 1 Start Up Activities

Week 1 Start Up Activities

Once the class content is up and running, it is time to start managing students. At BridgeValley, students will automatically show up in the course roster, but will not have access to the course until the first day of the semester. This is done to give faculty members time to make changes to the content without interruption. Students tend to believe that online learning should take place anytime anywhere which is sort of true. The truth is anytime anywhere is correct, but it takes place within the semester dates.

During the First Week of Class Instructors need too…

  • Provide online classes with a self-introduction discussion
  • Introducing yourself to the class and asking students to post an introduction is a good way to break the ice and build a sense of community. This is also a great way for the instructor to get a feel for students, who they are and what experience they bring to the class.
  • Review the personal introductions that students post and respond to each, this shows students that a live person is present and teaching the class. It helps build community.
  • Check the class roster often, that first week is typically a drop/add period. You do not want to leave anyone behind nor allow students to continue when they are not enrolled. Some students may be unaware of their enrollment status in the class so send private emails if you see a potential problem.
  • Contact students who have not yet accessed the class. You can easily see who has, and has not, accessed your class in the Grade Center. If a student hasn’t accessed the class, there may be a problem that needs your attention. You can use the send email tool to contact students outside of blackboard. Early intervention helps prevent larger problems down the road.
  • Have at least one graded activity for the students to complete. Since you cannot physically see students, attendance is harder to take. We use to use last login date as proof of attendance, but regulations have changed. Attendance is now determined by last activity performed by students. (You may use the self-introduction discussion as the graded activity.)
  • Take attendance in all online classes and report those to the Registrar via the MyBridge account. The Registrar will note the absence and contact the students. Any student who has not attended class by the end of the fourth week of the class will be notified of their unsatisfactory progress and provided directions on how to withdraw from the class and/or institution. (For more information see Operating Policy D-OP-6-14)
    1. First date for verification of attendance check is at end of the 1st week of a term. Any student that has not attended classes will have their record flagged with a grade of NGR (no grade reported).
    2. Financial aid will not be paid until students can provide proof of attendance for all classes. Students reported as not attending must have all instructors sign a proof of attendance form indicating that the student has begun attendance.



Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

January 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

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