Course Prep Checklist

The IDTS Team has put together an interactive checklist of tasks that should be done as you prepare for and teach your class. As you complete each to-do item you can check it off and the list will remember where you left off each time you return to the page.

Want to see an abbreviated (and accessible) tip sheet? Use the condensed, printable version of this list for quick reference.  Note: You may be prompted to sign in with your NetID after clicking the link.

Several Weeks in Advance One Week in Advance Ongoing End-of-Semester Several Weeks in Advance

New and returning Part-Time Lecturers

There is paperwork that needs to be signed and returned to Marisol Porter or Linda Dondero. This needs to be completed before you can access your course in Canvas or Sakai.


Familiarize yourself with technical assistance, workshops, and trainings.


Familiarize yourself with the learning space for your course.

All SC&I classrooms are equipped with a podium with computer, monitor, Internet access, and overhead projector, so instructors do not need to bring their laptop to the classroom. If you bring your laptop, you may need to obtain/purchase your own video adapter to connect to the podium.


Review & update syllabus before sending to Program Director.

  • School-Program-Course-Section_OfficialTitle_InstructorLastName.docx
  • (e.g. 04-192-101-01_IntroductiontoCommunicationandInformationProcesses_Householder.docx)



Review course content and materials in Canvas.


Instructional Design and Technology Services

One Week in Advance

With one week to go before the semester these tasks are finishing touches that will confirm you have access to all the tools you need to ensure a smooth first day of class.

  • Welcome Announcement
  • Syllabus
  • Assigned Textbook (if applicable)
  • Required Software (if applicable)


Online instructors will also want to remember to:


Are you ready for the new semester?  Final questions to consider:

  • How will you communicate with students and have you indicated your preferred contact method?  (Canvas, Phone, Email, Office Hours)
  • How have you indicated your response time for general questions and/or assignment grading?  (e.g., Students can expect a response to emails within 48 hours, Mon.-Sun.)
  • How have you indicated the ways in which your course will be conducted and how you will participate?
  • Do course activities and assessment meet stated learning objectives?
  • Is your Gradebook setup and are you fully comfortable using it?
  • How are students interacting with the content and each other?
  • What are your plans to head off potential problems or challenging situations?  (e.g., Rutgers network disruptions, bad weather, illness)
Ongoing Once the semester starts it is time to move from course prep to course management. There are several key tasks to remember to do on a daily or weekly basis. These occur in addition to any synchronous sessions scheduled for the class.

  • Email
  • Canvas inbox

  • Read posts and monitor online discussions
  • Grade assignments
  • Give feedback
  • Send updates and assignment reminders

End-of-Semester As the semester winds down these tasks help to close out the term clearly and efficiently.

  • Akindi – scantron alternative
  • Kaltura – lecture videos
  • Poll Everywhere – polling
  • Zoom – virtual meetings