First Day/Last Day Checklist

First Day/Last Day Checklist








Start of Term Checklist
 Prepare syllabus
o Copies made (if needed)
o Submitted to Admin. Assistant in Division Office
 Send welcome letter to students if applicable
 Prepare Blackboard site
o Load faculty information
o Load syllabus
o Load any schedule or agenda items
o Load any prepared assignments
o Load welcome announcement
 Include date, time, and location of first class meeting
 Quick message about what to bring or complete
o Check to see students enrolled
o Change course name if needed
o Change colors or format if needed
o Rename links if needed
 Print and post semester schedule on office door
 Load term schedule, meeting times, and breaks in Outlook
 Check and print/download roster on MyWestern Self Service (Compare to
Blackboard roster).
 Make attendance sheets or Blackboard grading column if needed
 Check classroom for equipment software and key/badge admittance
 Remind yourself why you teach and why you are confident in teaching

End of Term Checklist
 Give reminders to students about the end of the course
o Announce when grades will be posted
o Review syllabus for grading scale
o Remind students to address grade questions immediately
o Advise students that instructors can be used as a future resource
 Make notes of any changes to class materials or syllabus
 Finalize grades
o Finish figuring grades and double check figures
o Enter grades for class in MyWestern
o Save and post grades
o Print, archive or save grade book
o Check with Division Office for any particular standards for recording grades
 Finalize Blackboard sites
o Update grades
o Post announcement and email that grades are posted
o Decide on recycle/archive options
o Change class to unavailable
 Reflect on your past term’s accomplishments and challenges
 Print and post next term schedule on office door
 Check currency and availability of next term’s textbooks
 Load term schedule, meeting times, and breaks in Outlook
 Set email to an out of office message for the break
 Save important, graded class projects or finals
 Clean up or organize computer files and desk
o Check I/H/Skydrive for files and organize if needed
o Create backup files for class materials
 Check the Professional Development/Training schedule over break for any possible sessions.
 Decide what day(s) to return for prep work now and put on calendar
 CELEBRATE the end your term!