Distance Learning at UNA

Online Course Checklist


Course Title:
Course Number:
Is this a cross-listed course? Yes
If so, list course number(s):
Instructor Name:
Instructor Email:
Applicable Semester:

Basic Features

Course title, number, and section
Instructor information: e-mail, work phone, office location, office hours, link to web page
Welcome message
Instructions for primary course components (on ANGEL start page)

Course Information/Syllabus

Syllabus complies with departmental guidelines and is complete
Course description included (“Custom Content” nugget in ANGEL)
Prerequisites listed
Course objectives listed
Text and required materials listed
Supplemental materials listed, including video or audio (Tegrity) (including descriptions of how they may be accessed)
Access to library resources listed
Assignment expectations (due dates, assignments graded by date, scoring criteria/rubric, types of assignments)
Instructor expectations
Student expectations
Alternate plans & responsibilities in the event of technical difficulties stated
Expectations for frequency and timing of participation are stated and described
Instructor office hours are listed and convenient for students with various schedules (including chat times if applicable)
Phone number is listed for instructor/student consultation
Response time to e-mails is explained
Orientation quiz is included

Milestones/Course Calendar

Schedule of course activities is listed
Dates for units, assignments, activities and tests are shown
Institutional term information is listed (course start/end dates, withdrawal dates, etc.)

Interactivity and Discussion Forums

Instructor provides regular updates to students on course changes (announcements, e-mail)
Discussion forums are used
Ground rules and procedures for discussion forum communication are established and communicated
Appropriate discussion and chat behavior is addressed and guidelines are established and described
A moderated “help” discussion forum is included
A virtual “student lounge” discussion forum and/or chat room is included
Discussion forums are student-led/instructor monitored
Interactive opportunities are frequent and easy to initiate
Private opportunities to interact between faculty and students are available
Live chat sessions are used for office hours or small group work

Assessment

Methods and plans for student assessment are described
Assessment methods demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes and competencies for the class
Testing schedule is complete yet flexible to accommodate various student schedules
Assignment submission instructions are provided and describe acceptable file/ software formats
Assessment is spread out over a variety of methods (multiple choice, short answer, essay, papers, discussions, presentations, projects)
Security issues are taken into consideration when necessary (proctored exams, timed exams, random question exams, ANGEL security enabled, Respondus Lockdown Browser, etc.)
Feedback procedures of assessment are described
Evaluation forms are available for assessing quality of instruction

Course Design

Any copyright issues related to this course have been addressed
Instruction and media are designed to provide for multiple learning styles
Learning outcomes for the course are written and are matched to instructional and learning activities
The sequence of events and assignments are appropriate for online learning and provides for in-depth exploration of content material
Course content is provided in logical chunks (weeks, modules, units, chapters, objectives, etc.)
Course content is provided in segments that are technologically deliverable via limited bandwidth
Multimedia use is suitable to the topic and to the constraints of delivery
Video/audio segments are edited to reduce long downloads and/or streaming
All links to content modules are checked and working prior to start of course
All multimedia files are technically sound (good audio and video; no playback issues)
Graphics are appropriate and well utilized
Accessibility issues are considered (ADA compliance, Section 508 guidelines)

Instructor Considerations

Method for monitoring attendance (Course Tracking) in use
Security issues addressed (assessment protocols, proctored exams, honor codes, etc.)
Records of all communication with students are kept for at least one semester after the class has been completed
Course content is backed up and downloaded by the instructor at the end of semester