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Preparation Checklist for Faculty


  1. IMPORTANT: Setup Duo Two-Factor Authentication if you have not already done so. Duo is required to access your UTRGV Email off-campus. 
  2. Download the Blackboard Instructor Mobile App to send announcements, grade on the go, and view content. 

Course Communication

  1. Select a communication method that students can expect to receive notifications from.
    • COLTT recommends using Blackboard Announcements as they appear within your course, Blackboard mobile app, and can be sent out as an email. 
  2. Identify an option for holding class and/or office hours virtually. 

Course Content

  1. Upload your Syllabus and update it as necessary. 
  2. Upload at least three weeks of course content.
    • This could include items such as: Readings, PowerPoints, Recorded Panopto Lectures, Videos, etc.
    • COLTT recommends uploading files as PDFs as they're typically a smaller file size.
  3. If you are not actively using Blackboard in your face-to-face course, consider filling out the "Start Here" section of Blackboard, so your students will know how to navigate your course.

Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning

  1. Prepare your documents using accessibility best practices so that students using assistive technologies can easily navigate them.
  2. Utilize Blackboard Ally to correct any accessibility issues with your documents. 

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