Semester Start - Instructor Checklist

ItemAdditional Comments
Course Shell Verification
Verify your course shell is present in your D2L course list.If it is not, check in iStar. Contact your chair or Department Manager if the shell is missing in iStar. Contact LSC-Online through VTAC Chat if it is only missing in D2L.
Activate your D2L section early.Activation allows your students to:
  • Access your course once the start date arrives.
  • Puts the course link in the My Courses list of the students enrolled in the course.
  • Allows them to verify that their course registration is accurate prior to the first day of class.
Confirm Roster
Merge course rosters.To combine multiple course sections, please enter the course to designate as the primary section and go to VTAC Support > Self-Service > Course Design Tools > Merge Course Sections.
Verify your D2L roster daily the first week.
  1. In D2L, go to VTAC Support > User Access Tools > Reconcile Your Rosters.
  2. Click the [Enroll into D2L] or [Un-enroll from D2L] button to correct the roster. 
  3. Repeat regularly until registration is complete.
NOTE: Without this tool, it can take up to 36 hours for iStar updates to be reflected in D2L.
Add other instructors, TAs, etc.
  1. In D2L, go to VTAC Support > Self-Service > User Access Tools > Add a User to Your Section
  2. Submit the request form with the username or ID for all of the other instructors, TAs, etc. you want to have access to your course.
Become familiar with VTAC Services.In D2L, go to VTAC Support > Assistance > Instructional Support (VTAC)
Complete the Online Teaching Certification - Quick On-Boarding and the Full Online Teaching Certification Course.In D2L, go to VTAC Support > Learning > Online Teaching Certification.
Build Course Content
Build, import or update course content.Copy, import, or update course components from sandbox or previous course as needed.
Update all course dates (due dates, date restrictions, etc.).Add any other desired restrictions, conditional releases, or calendar dates. The Manage Dates tool is available from the Course Management > Course Admin link on the navbar.
Add or check Grades items & associations.
Add or check Assignments.
Add or check Quizzes (preview and complete as a student).
Add or check Discussions.
Make sure publisher materials import correctly.
Add new welcome announcement / video / audio in an announcement item on the course home page. Send welcome email to students.
Update syllabus and schedule with current semester information.