Category 2 - Online Organization and Design

A. Course navigability and organization

box.jpg Course content is organized in a logical format

box.jpg Syllabus and course schedule are easily located from main menu

box.jpg Links to other parts of the course and external sources are accurate and up-to-date

box.jpg Instructional materials required are clearly identified and easily located

box.jpg Numbers identify sequenced steps; bullets list items are not prioritized or sequential

box.jpg Topics are clearly identified and subtopics are related to topics

box.jpg Due dates for weekly tasks are clearly identifed

box.jpg Course materials are available in a printer-friendly format for student convenience

box.jpg Resources are separated into "required" and "optional" categories

box.jpg Objectives and outcomes are made available in a variety of areas in course (e.g., within syllabus and each individual learning unit)

B. Syllabus includes

box.jpg Course description

box.jpg Student learning outcomes

box.jpg Course completion requirements

box.jpg Textbook information

box.jpg Expectations of students’ participation, honesty, etc.

box.jpg Timeline for student participation is clear

box.jpg Faculty member(s) introductory information

box.jpg Expectations of availability of and turnaround time for contact with instructor

box.jpg Entire course schedule

box.jpg Course policies, including grading, late work, etc.

C. Aesthetic design

box.jpg Typeface is easy to read

box.jpg Sufficient contrast between text and background makes information easy to read

box.jpg Appropriate images supporting course content add visual interest

box.jpg Design keeps course pages to a comfortable length with white space

D. Consistency in course

box.jpg Layout of course is visually and functionally consistent

box.jpg Navigability is clear, simple and user friendly

box.jpg Spelling and grammar are consistent and accurate

box.jpg Written material is concise

box.jpg Language of written material is friendly and supportive

box.jpg Clear directions are given for each task or assignment

box.jpg Sentences and paragraphs brief

E. Universal accessibility

box.jpg Universal accessibility concerns are addressed throughout the course, including captioning of videos, transcripts, and accessible documents

box.jpg Images are optimized for speedy display and include alternative text

box.jpg Alternative formats of materials provided, when possible (e.g., optional print packet of extensive reading materials, CD of audio clips used in course, etc.)

box.jpg Use of color adds interest but does not disadvantage those with color blindness