Instructional Logistics

While planning a course at Western you have many assets available to you. Whether it’s how to access certain technology or how to determine what textbook to use, here are just some of the more popular resources available to Western Faculty.

Making Copies

Sustainability (PDF) is a Western Core Ability, so print only what is necessary.

  • Copies can take days—so plan accordingly.
  • Avoid color copies. Also, much of Western’s printing is done through Digicopy.
  • On La Crosse Campus copies vary per division so contact your Division Office.

Syllabus

Use this syllabus checklist (PDF) to make sure you are including all of the necessary elements within your syllabus.

Instructors use WIDS software to create syllabi, still some guidelines may vary between courses. Use these syllabus sample guidelines as idea generators or as is.

For more information and resources, visit the Curriculum area of this website.

Textbooks

Western has outlined policies and procedures for helping assure students and faculty get the most out of their class books.

The purpose of the textbook policy (PDF) is specifically to assure the best interests of students’ and that Western’s required certification levels are maintained. A number of criteria are involved in the textbook selection procedure (PDF).

Rosters

Official rosters are on Powercampus.

Unofficial rosters are on BlackboardWhen a student drops, faculty must remove a student from their Blackboard Roster

Drop/Dynamic Dates

Instructors may contact their division office for specific drop dates for their classes.

Instructions for finding drop dates for your courses (PDF)

Students can find the Drop and Withdrawal Policy on Western’s site to learn more about drop dates and refunds.

Posting Grades

For information on posting grades please visit: Posting Grades

Reminders about submitting grades:

  • Spring grades are to be posted by 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2015.  Please check with your division office for other (if any) grade reporting requirements.
  • Be sure to enter all your grades and click on Submit Final. If you only select SAVE your grades will not be posted.
  • If your class ends early you can post as soon as the class is done. If you have a spring term class that is scheduled with an ending date after April 24th, please post your grades as soon as your class has ended.
  • Grades are available on line to the student as soon as they are submitted – grades are no longer being mailed.

Open Hours

Open times are set aside for clubs, committees, teams, and other organizations can have designated times, clear of most scheduled classes. Open hours are scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.