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Instructors: Four things you need to do before the semester ends

The end of the semester is fast approaching and you can’t wait to finish grading finals, sit out on the deck, and enjoy the sunshine. But before you take off for a relaxing summer vacation, you’ll want to make sure you’ve done these four things. You’ll save yourself a headache later when you come back for Fall semester.

Enter your grades in BannerWeb

Although you can track student grades in Blackboard, they need to be submitted in Bannerweb in order to be official. Whether it’s your first time or you just need a refresher, you can view our help guide here.

Download and save your Blackboard Grade Center

You should always keep a record of student grades in case you need to reference them later. Blackboard courses are only available for four to eight weeks after the end of the semester. After that, things become much more difficult to retrieve. Save yourself the hassle later by downloading and saving a copy now while your course is still available. The Grade Center will download as an easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet. You can check out the instructions here.

Export your Blackboard course materials

Did you know you can export your Blackboard course materials to use in future courses? You can and should always download a copy of your course — even if it’s just for archival purposes. You never know what you might need to reference at a later date. Keep in mind that the export process will strip the individual student data out of the course, so don’t skip the Grade Center download. Get more information on how to export your course here.

Get your Blackboard course ready for Fall

Importing an old course is an easy way to get most of your content ready for the next semester. There are a few steps you should take to make sure your course is in tip-top shape before students start accessing the materials.

  • Clean out old announcements, discussion board posts, and anything else that is no longer relevant
  • Add a revised copy of your syllabus for the new semester
  • Check out the Grade Center to make sure there are no unnecessary columns that need to be removed
  • Update any assignments and documents that have changed
  • Change dates (if you have them) that reference previous semesters
  • Contact eLearning if you have any issues or concerns while updating your course

These four easy steps will have you out the door and on your way to summer fun before you know it. Have a wonderful summer break and rest easier knowing you’ll be ready when the Fall semester rolls around. You can check out more helpful hints on our eHelp site.

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