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Teaching an Online Course


  • Scheduling the course – This process is exactly the same as for on-campus courses. The department schedules the course in ROOMs and lists the instructor in ROnet.
  • Cloning (creating a term specific course space) - WSU Online creates a course space with the course content by copying an earlier version of the course.
  • After the course has been copied, the assigned instructor will receive an automated email regarding the Course Verification process and be asked to inform WSU Online of any changes or to confirm that the course space is OK. It is the instructor’s responsibility to ensure the course is ready on the first day of class. Review the entire course space including links, course schedule dates, assessments settings, etc. There is a check list included within the Course Verification link in the course space.

  • An Instructional Designer is assigned to each course to provide support to instructors. You will be contacted by the Instructional Designer assigned to your course, but don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.
  • Orientation materials, for those new to teaching online or for WSU Online, or those out of practice, are available. See the Angel Training Workshops section for more information. In addition, the Instructional Designer will invite you to a more personalized orientation session prior to the beginning of the term.
  • Welcome Announcement - The Welcome Announcement is very helpful in providing insight for the students about the instructor and course, and in connecting with the students. A well-crafted announcement will help head off the onslaught of questions often received the first week or two of the semester. Therefore, the announcement should be in place prior to the first day of class.
  • Grades - Use the grade book in the course space. Grades need to be entered into ROnet at the end of the semester, just as they are for on-campus courses. For questions related to grades, incompletes, or student enrollment issues contact

Training opportunities

Learn More about Collaborating!

Did you know you can attend Blackboard Collaborate training? If you want to know what it is and how best you can use it to enhance your course, then sign up for Web Conferencing 101. Go here for the schedule and information.

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