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You’re live online! Now what?

Congratulations! You’ve started your first week of online teaching. Remember that this is an iterative process and you will need to revise and adjust as needed. Don’t forget that CETL is here to help. We continue to offer virtual drop-in and webinar Support Sessions. The best way to get questions answered quickly is to submit a help ticket to or call the service desk at 404-413-HELP (4357).

Keep your syllabus updated throughout the coming weeks.  As you discover what is working well online and what is not, be sure that you make adjustments to your syllabus as necessary.

  • Check in with your students and find out what is going well and what is not. Keeping in mind your students may find that their situation (environment, financial burdens, dependent care obligations, and their own health) is changing as each week passes.
  • Modify your plans as needed.
  • Update your syllabus and course calendar to reflect changes.

Adjust the content, readings, assignments, and quizzes that you have planned for the upcoming

Be sure to monitor your preferred communication tools using the plan provided to students.

  • Check your preferred communication tools using the established schedule you shared with your students— Webex, iCollege Mail, or Office 365 Mail.
  • Adjust your communication plan as necessary.
  • Communicate any changes regarding the syllabus and course calendar.

Continue creating a combination of brief lectures, readings and activities based on your updated course plan.

As needed…

This chart can help you decide which tools and technologies to use to move your content and activities online.


Communicate what’s coming in the upcoming week using the Announcement Tool.

Be sure to stress any date/time specific activities you are planning such as synchronous Webex meetings and due dates. Be clear, concise, and organized in your communications.

By now you’ve developed some familiarity with the iCollege features that you can use to assess your students— the Quiz Tool and Assignment Tool.  These features can be used for your final assessments. Review the Testing Guide to learn more about final exam scheduling, alternative testing strategies, and iCollege testing implementation suggestions.

Join CETL for webinars on how to grade quizzes and assignments and setup your grade book.

Keep testing your course using the iCollege feature of “Demo Student.”  Be sure to ask for assistance when you need it.  Visit CETL’s online drop-in sessions, join us for webinars, and submit help requests.


Preparing to Teach Online
Preparing to Teach Online Checklist (Accessible Doc)

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