Online Course Checklist

UWG

Course Title: __________________________________

Course Number: _______________________________

Instructor: ___________________________________


Basic Features

Course title, number, and section
Yes
No
Instructor information: e-mail, work phone, office location, office hours, link to web page
Yes
No
Welcome message on Homepage by first day (click for template)
Yes
No
E-mail request that students begin participating in course
(click for template)
Yes
No
Primary instructional components are in WebCT
(syllabus, assignments, assessments, discussion posts, lecture notes, multimedia)
Yes
No
UWG Online Resources listed (click for template)
Yes
No

Course Information/Syllabus

Syllabus complies with UWG and departmental guidelines and is complete
Yes
No
Course description included
Yes
No
Prerequisites listed
Yes
No
Course objectives listed
Yes
No
Text and required materials listed
(include title, author, publisher, date, and ISBN)
Yes
No
Supplemental materials listed
(include descriptions of how they may be obtained included)
Yes
No
Assignment expectations
(due dates, assignments graded by date, scoring criteria/rubric, types of assignments)
Yes
No
Course grading criteria explained
(include rubrics & checklists for projects & assignments )
Yes
No
Instructor expectations
Yes
No
Student expectations
Yes
No
Alternate plans & responsibilities in the event of technical difficulties stated
(click for sample)
Yes
No
Expectations for frequency and timing of participation are stated and described
(include rubrics - click for sample)
Yes
No
Instructor office hours are listed and convenient for students with various schedules
(include chat times, turnaround time on answering e-mails)
Yes
No
Phone number is listed for instructor/student consultation
Yes
No
Explain your response time to e-mails
Yes
No

Course Calendar

Schedule of course activities is listed
Yes
No
Dates for units, assignments, activities and tests are shown
Yes
No
Institutional term information is listed
(course start/end dates, withdrawal dates, etc.)
Yes
No

Interactivity and Discussion Groups

Instructor provides regular updates to students on course changes
(weekly private mail about coming week's activity - click for samples)
Yes
No
Discussion posts are used
Yes
No
Discussion posts are Instructor led
Yes
No
A virtual "hallway" or "student lounge" is included on the Discussion Board
Yes
No
Discussion posts are student-led/instructor monitored
Yes
No
Faculty and student interactive opportunities are frequent and easy to initiate
Yes
No
Private opportunities to interact between faculty and students are available
Yes
No
Ground rules and procedures for Discussion Post communication are established and communicated
Yes
No
Appropriate discussion and chat behavior is addressed and guidelines are established and described
Yes
No
Live chat sessions are used for office hours or small group work
Yes
No

Assessment

Methods and plans for student assessment are described
Yes
No
Assessment methods demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes and competencies for the class
Yes
No
Testing schedule is complete yet flexible to accommodate various student schedules
Yes
No
Assignment submission instructions are provided and describe acceptable file/ software formats
Yes
No
Assessment is spread out over a variety of methods
(multiple choice, short answer, essay, papers, discussions, presentations, projects)
Yes
No
Security issues are taken into consideration when necessary
(honor code, proctored exams, timed exams, random question exams, etc.)
Yes
No
Feedback procedures of assessment are described
(posting grades in gradebook, how critiques of assignments are returned, Assignment DropBox)
Yes
No
Evaluation forms and processes are in place to assess student satisfaction with services
Yes
No
Evaluation forms are available for assessing quality of instruction
Yes
No

Student Services

Links to institutional distance education resources are posted within course
Yes
No
Any required tutorial/learning support resources and services are available online
Yes
No
Link to student support services is provided within the course
Yes
No
Link to library
Yes
No

Technical Support

Students are informed of the hours and services of the Distance Education Center and how to contact
Yes
No
Link to Distance Education in UWG Resources
Yes
No

Course Design

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

Instructor Considerations

Method for monitoring attendance (Course Tracking) in use
Yes
No
Security issues addressed
(assessment protocols, proctored exams, honor codes, etc.)
Yes
No
Records of all communication with students are kept by UWG's DDEC for at least one semester after the class has been completed
Yes
No
Course is backed up and downloaded at end of semester for use in future terms
Yes
No