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Before the Semester

This information is intended to be most useful before a course begins, but may continue to be helpful, even after the term has started.

Some departments provide instructors with a “stock” syllabus, but if not, Teaching & Learning Innovation has syllabus templates for you to start with.

Often your department will have a pre-set textbook selection if you are teaching for the first time, or have been assigned a course close to the first day of classes.  However, if you have been given the option to designate your own course textbooks, take a look at this page on ordering textbooks.

UT uses Canvas as its learning management system (LMS).  You should be able to log in and access the Canvas system with your netID and password.  If you have trouble, see the Troubleshooting portion of this guide.

Don’t have your netID and password yet?  Check in with the OIT Helpdesk for more information.

The registrar’s office maintains the Academic Calendar page, which shows the primary course-related deadlines, and days when classes will be in session.

Many classrooms host advanced technology, and OIT offers primers on using those, and with related teaching issues. They maintain a page on using the devices in our technology-enhanced classrooms, and they also offer trainings and workshops on how to help students use technology, as well as how to maximize its effectiveness in our classes.

The UT Libraries are ready to assist you and your students in locating materials and making reserve materials (books or other media held at the reserve desk) available for your courses.

Although the University of Tennessee does not engage union contracts, there are local offices and chapters of several organizations. If you are interested in getting involved with the local offices of the Communications Workers of America or the American Association of University Professors, the links here provide more information about whom to contact.


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