For New Instructors

1 Nuts and Bolts

Administrative Tasks

Your department’s office manager will help you to sign up for the required training.  Things can get pretty hectic, so use the list below to make certain that you don’t forget something.  Your department (particularly in the health sciences) may require additional training.

Office Setup


Human Resources (HR):

my Training menu
Access HR training through

Online Training:



Create Your Syllabus

To facilitate clear communication about courses between students and faculty, the University of Florida requires departments and course instructors to make available for free for each course, a syllabus containing specific information about the structure of the course. Instructors also must submit copies of course syllabi to the departmental office to document compliance with this syllabus policy. Syllabi must be posted at least three days prior to the first day of classes.

Other Semester Preparation Resources

First Day of Class Preparation

  • Visit your classroom(s):
    • Test the computer:  log in, open all files, access all software
    • If you will be using your own laptop or mobile device, test out the connections and cables
    • If you need help, contact Classroom Support  (352) 392-6683
    • Request a training session with Classroom Support prior to the first day
    • Test the microphone (if using)
  • Print out a roster of each class
    • For smaller courses, print a Photo Roster from your Canvas Course site (located in the left menu)

Good to Know


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