University of West Georgia - 5-Star Online Course Review

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Three copies must be completed: one by the instructor, one by a peer, and one by DDEC. All three must reach satisfy scoring requirements (at bottom) for course to be deemed exemplary. All standards with 3 possible points MUST be met.

 

Course Introduction and Information

Standard

Points

Check if met

Comments

  1. The instructor provides a biography, photograph, and an appropriate self-introduction which presents the instructor as approachable and engaged.

 

3

 

 

  1. Students are encouraged to introduce themselves to the class.

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  1. The course provides initial exercises to enable the student to become accustomed to the course management tool (ex: send instructor an email, reply to a discussion posting).

 

1

 

 

  1. Minimum technology requirements and prerequisite technology skills are clearly stated.

 

1

 

 

  1. The course syllabus is easily located, and provides complete and clear information pertaining to ALL of the following: course objectives, grading, instructor contact information, required materials, the nature of distance learning, and honesty policies ensuring the integrity of student work.

 

3

 

 

  1. The course calendar is available with assignments, test and other due dates.

 

3

 

 

  1. Instructions on how and where to receive technical assistance are readily visible and easy to understand.

3

 

 

  1. Information regarding other academic resources (library, tutoring, testing services, etc.) are clearly visible (syllabus and/or linked from main course page).

 

3

 

 

 

Learning Materials/Content

Standard

Points

Check if met

Comments

  1. The course is complete (not under construction).

 

3

 

 

  1. Each course module includes clear learning objectives.

 

2

 

 

  1. Course content and materials are of sufficient breadth and depth.

 

2

 

 

  1. All external links are functional.

 

2

 

 

  1. Supplementary resources and links are available to students and are labeled as required or optional.

 

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Assessment and Evaluation

Standard

Points

Check if met

Comments

  1. The course includes a formative evaluation, soliciting student feedback regarding course quality, at or prior to the mid-point of the course.

 

1

 

 

  1. The grading policy is clear.

 

3

 

 

  1. Performance standards, rubrics, or examples of quality assignments are provided.

 

2

 

 

  1. Self-check or practice tests/assignments (games, quizzes, written work) are provided to enable students to measure their own progress.

 

1

 

 

  1. The types of assessments are appropriate for the online learning environment and encourage academic honesty.

 

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  1. Course materials and assessments are clearly related to the course learning objectives.

 

2

 

 

  1. Each activity and assignment is well-written, providing students with a clear understanding of what is expected and how they should submit their work.

 

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  1. Activities and assignments are achievable, and minimize unnecessary or redundant "busy work."

 

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Instructional Design & Interaction

Standard

Points

Check if met

Comments

  1. The course is well-organized and easy to navigate.

 

3

 

 

  1. Course pages and materials are consistent in appearance and organization.

 

2

 

 

  1. Course materials and modules are presented in a logical progression.

3

 

 

  1. Course materials are divided into appropriate sections or chunks, with all or most sections containing assignments/exercises involving recall or application.

 

2

 

 

  1. Course materials appeal to multiple learning styles through the use of print, visuals, and real-life applications (when appropriate).

 

2

 

 

  1. Graphic elements load quickly and are legible.

2

 

 

  1. Course activities and assignments promote student-instructor interaction and student-content interaction. Student-to-student interaction is fostered when appropriate to the academic discipline.

 

2

 

 

  1. The instructor clearly states how often students are required to interact with one another and the instructor, the expected quality of such interactions, and how these interactions affect student grades.

 

2

 

 

  1. Course guidelines provide information as to the amount of time a student can expect a response from specific inquiries to the instructor.

 

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  1. Course guidelines provide information as to when and how (email, discussion board, etc.) students will receive feedback on assignments, grades, and participation.

 

3

 

 

 

Course Technology, Innovation and Accessibility

Standard

Possible Points

Check if met

Comments

  1. Course technologies are readily and easily accessible.

 

3

 

 

  1. The course makes broad use of technology available within the course management system (CourseDen).

 

1

 

 

  1. The course provides links to tools required for viewing course content (Acrobat Reader, QuickTime, etc.), and includes instructions for using such tools.

 

2

 

 

  1. Course content is enhanced as appropriate through audio and visual materials.

 

2

 

 

  1. Audio/video clips are short.

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  1. The courses uses appropriate formatting (font, color, etc.) to maximize readability.

 

2

 

 

  1. The course can adapt learning materials and activities to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

 

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  1. The course provides a statement telling students how to access ADA services on their campus.

 

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Total possible points: 81

 

For exemplary status:

 

_____ All standards with 3 points must be achieved.

 

_____ Total score must equal 68 or greater (85%).