Online Course Readiness Is your course ready to go online?
Course Design Course Navigation Is Clear and transparent to students. All necessary information is apparent, easily located, and clearly stated. Obvious starting point. Current instructor contact information. Clearly stated course policies. Check all due dates for accuracy and consistency. Check all course documents for spelling and grammar. Consistency and Logic in Course Content. Every folder should have content and every link should work. Appearance and Presentation of Material is appealing. Content can be provided in formats accessible to persons with disabilities.
Assessment of Student Performance Type of assessments are provided in various formats so as to address differences in learning styles. Site contains evidence of active or student-directed learning via assignments. Course uses varied and frequent self-assessment methods to guide learners.
Student Support/Feedback Site is set up to allow instructor to provide frequent and timely feedback to students throughout the semester The student grade book is designed so that students may track their own course achievement at any time. Students are provided a full set of resources to support their online learning experience, which are easily accessible in site.
Learning Community Variety of avenues for establishing a sense of community among learners has been incorporated into the overall design of the course. Site is appropriate for English-language learners, free from cultural bias, and minimizes use of idioms.
Pedagogical Practices Instructional design facilitates active or student-centered learning. Students are or can be given opportunities for practice, reflection, and engagement with the course content. Where appropriate, learning activities ask students to apply course content to their own lives. Teaching strategies are consistent with learning objectives. Site has a presence of innovative approaches to delivering content.
Use of Technology Course uses tools that support learning objectives. Graphics have clear instructional purposes that reinforce content and course objectives. Media used have clear instructional purposes that reinforce content and course objectives. Resource links are made available for students to test their software and to download necessary plug-ins.
There are other measures of course readiness. Now you know a few of the essential ones!