Checklist of important tasks to be addressed for both online and face-to-face courses before the first official day of class.

  • Familiarize yourself with and/or contact the Division of eLearning & Professional Studies for training to learn what is possible with Canvas, UAB's learning management system. (4 to 6 months prior)
  • Develop and design your semester course(s) either within your sandbox course or current semester course. (3 months prior)
  • Import new content or request (if you do not have the ability to do so yourself) that the previous semester's content be copied into the current course. You may want to copy your sandbox course into your semester course(s). (2 months prior)
  • Update deadlines, dates, notification settings, and materials copied or imported into the course. (2 months prior)
  • Request an appointment with an instructional designer for a course review either through your department or with the Division. Send an email to Samira Laouzai ( if your department does not have an instructional designer. (1 month prior)
  • Upload your new syllabus and course schedule. (3 weeks prior)
  • Post or update a Welcome Announcement. (3 weeks prior)
  • Inventory technology tools (external or internal) that will be used in the course (i.e. iclickers, GoToMeeting/GoToTraining, ProctorU, Turnitin, etc.). (3 weeks prior)
  • Ensure technology tools used during instruction are up-to-date and included in the syllabus. (2 weeks prior)
  • Request or add TAs or graders to your course(s). (prior to the first day of class)
  • Publish your course to make it available to your students. (First official day of class)
  • Create or update your Canvas Profile(First official day of class)
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