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When taking your face-to-face course online with minimal notice, you and your students deserve the smoothest transition possible. Here are three easy steps to make this happen.

Step 1: Get your Blackboard course ready

The good news is that you already have a Blackboard shell for your course and your students are already enrolled. The following is a 3 minute video that walks you through the basics in order to “Get Started” setting up your Blackboard shell.

Note: To view this video in fullscreen mode open in a new tab.

For a step-by-step writeup of preparing your course, visit the tutorial.

Note: As a faculty member you are not expected to provide technical supports for your students. Please direct any student questions or support needs to the ITS Helpdesk: 303-352-7548

If you are a student or wish to view the student resources, please visit ITS Online Ready.

Step 2: Consider your course and students

As you think about transitioning your course, consider new goals for how you will continue instruction: Should your syllabus and schedule change? What are your new priorities? How can you keep your students engaged and learning?

Perhaps most important of all, decide on your communication plan and provide it to your students. Frequent and relevant communication can make all the difference in a moment of change. Students will have questions in the first weeks after the transition, so having a solid plan on how to manage them is essential.

Step 3: Know your resources

Once you have prepared your Blackboard shell and considered how to keep your course moving forward, you might want to take advantage of other features and tools. Following are tutorials (each 3 minutes or less) designed to quickly get you up and running.

Ready Tutorials

Ready to Learn More?

Want to do more? Didn't find what you were looking for? Learn how to translate your face-to-face pedagogy into online teaching and learning by visiting our Ready to Learn companion site. Here you'll find a plethora of answers and trainings that will take you and your students to the next level of online teaching and learning.

Looking for training?

We currently offer the following training services:

  • Virtual training: From 9 a.m to 3 p.m.
    • We offer online drop-in training sessions. Use the button below to start a session.

Additional questions related to instructional training will be answered by calling the Faculty Ready Support Line at 303-615-0800.

If You Need Assistance

Please call: 303-615-0800 or email:

We hope to answer your call in-person, but you may have to leave a message. Messages and emails will be addressed ASAP by our Ready team.

Remote Teaching Resources

There are a large number of useful resources for faculty teaching online, both general tools and advice, as well as items specific to this particular moment. Jeff Loats has compiled many of these in an online spreadsheet.

These resources are each tagged with discipline, type/topic, and short descriptions. Please explore these, and share them with your colleagues. If you find other resources that you think could be added to this list, please email Jeff Loats.

Communication Template to Students

Need a starting place to help communicate with your students about transitioning to online learning? Wondering what to say and which bases to cover? The following is a template in which you can copy, paste, and customize information for communicating with your students.

Communication Template

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