Prepare Your Course Materials

Prepare for potential disruption by identifying course materials and resources that can be provided to students to use offline. Digitized course materials allow students to independently access materials at their own pace in the event faculty or other instructional support become unavailable or are unable to respond quickly (See Establish Remote Teaching Strategies: Develop Content Packets). It is recommended that Faculty consider having at least four weeks of instructional materials and activities on standby.

  • You may already be familiar with the process of scanning, digitizing, and safely storing course materials (e.g. syllabus, lecture slides, assignment instructions and website pages) using OneDrive (follow the link to MyPath to access OneDrive). 
  • To learn more about OneDrive visit the TLC OneDrive resource collection (follow the link to Mypath to access OneDrive).

Before a disruption occurs, help students prepare by discussing your expectations in the event of an emergency, identifying the location of instructional resources, and requiring students to print or download content packets.

  • It is recommended for Faculty to share resources with students, using the methods with which students are most familiar (e.g., email documents, add content in Blackboard, share OneDrive document links, etc.).
  • Use consistent and descriptive naming conventions for your resources.

Accessibility is the responsibility of the instructor; be sure all students can access the content you post and can easily participate in class activities using the provided course materials. Blackboard uses the Ally accessibility tool to help identify problem documents which may not meet the standards for ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) compliance.

  • Review this video and guide to get started using Ally.
  • After you have checked course content for accessibility, remind students to download the resources in the alternative formats that meet their needs.
  • Provide mobile-friendly, text-based alternatives if large files (video, images, audio) cannot be downloaded.