DISASTER RECOVERY INFORMATION
· Keep copies or originals of your course materials available locally (or on an alternative site): assignments, discussion board questions, even wiki and blog assignments should be retained off site.
· Archive your course: use Control Panel, then Archive Course. There is a free reader called bFree that you can install in order to access your course archive (http://its2.unc.edu/tl/tli/bFree ). Note, however, that this utility does not give access to the Grade Center.
· Grades and copies of student work are also best kept off site, on a local computer or flash drive. Download the Grade Center regularly, .To DOWNLOAD your grades to an Excel spreadsheet, go to Grade Center, move your cursor to Manage, and choose Download.
· Keep a list of the students in your section(s) and their emails. If you do not have this, you can get a list from Steve Castellano (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you provide him with your course and section number.
· Keep the emails of your Instructors up to date.
· Keep copies of all the files and other projects that you have submitted through Blackboard.
· Keep a copy of your grades, and even, if appropriate, contributions to Discussion Board Forums and Blogs or Wikis.
· Email your instructor for directions on how to continue your work in the course.
· Send an e-mail message to the students in your class and let them know about extended deadlines and other changes in your class schedule (if any).
· Also, consider attaching important files (like reading assignments) to this message.
· OR, rather than e-mailing important files to your students as attachments, put these files on an alternate server such as
o personal server space which comes with most personal or home ISP (Internet Service Provider) contracts
o (free) personal server space provided by various organizations/vendor including Google Documents
(Thanks to Manfred Kuechler and the Hunter College Bb Information system, http://bb.hunter.cuny.edu/, for tips and information!)