Recommended Components of an Online Course in Etudes

Policies and Procedures

Element

Course Site Location

Syllabus

Syllabus or Module
Resources

Learning objectives (or student learning outcomes)

Syllabus or Module

Guidelines and resources for students with disabilities, especially regarding assessment and testing

Syllabus or Module

Criteria for determining attendance and drop for non-attendance

Syllabus
Module

Criteria and standards for student participation in terms of quality, quantity, and time frame

Discussion Forum
Syllabus or Module

Grading criteria clearly stated and aligned with objectives

Syllabus
Module

Policy on plagiarism and cheating

Syllabus
Module

Policy on late submission of assignments

Syllabus or Module

Policy in case of technical problems with testing

Syllabus or Module

Course readings and/or textbooks

Syllabus or Module

Instructor’s anticipated response time for Discussion postings, Private Mail, and grading

Syllabus or Module

Appropriate use of Discussion and Chat in terms of netiquette

Syllabus or Module

Course Content

Element

Course Site Location

Content clearly written and error-free

Module

Printable versions of Module contents

Module

Links to external websites active, correct, and aligned with objectives

Module

Objectives clearly displayed with each learning module

Module

Reading assignments aligned with objectives

Module

Compliance with ADA Section 508 accessibility requirements Module

Compliance with TEACH Act and Fair Use

Modules

Schedule of assignments, readings, due dates, testing

Syllabus or Module
Schedule

Interactions and Collaborations

Element

Course Site Location

Discussion forums and topics logically organized and aligned with objectives

Discussion Forum

Live or real-time interaction between instructor and students

Chat

Minimum standards or expectations for Discussion Postings along with examples of appropriate and inappropriate postings

Syllabus or Module

Learning Assessments

Element

Course Site Location

Practice tests/quizzes

Assignments, Tests and Surveys

Due dates/time for each assignment

Assignments, Tests and Surveys

Due dates/time for each quiz/test

Assignments, Tests and Surveys

Clear instructions for each assignment

Assignments, Tests and Surveys

Assignment objectives consistent with learning objectives in Syllabus

Assignments, Tests and Surveys

Gradebook

Gradebook

Student collaboration

Wiki

Ongoing anonymous feedback opportunities for students

Assignments, Tests and Surveys
Private Mail
Discussion

End of quarter student evaluation of course (contact FGA staff for assistance with this)

Assignments, Tests and Surveys

Learner Support

Element

Course Site Location

Information about Student Help Center at Foothill Global Access

Announcements
Syllabus

Welcome and Getting Started with link to Introduction to Online Learning at http://www.foothill.edu/fga/realitycheck.php

Announcements
Modules
Discussion
Email

Instructor’s introduction

Modules
Discussion

Information about access to relevant Library databases

Module
Resources

Instructions on how to use and navigate Etudes for this course
(see Users Group Resources for downloadable copy of Student Help Modules to import to your course site)

Modules
Module on How to Print
Module on How to Use Discussion

Posted office hours

Chat
Discussion

Information about access to tutoring services

Syllabus

Information about access to academic advising services

Syllabus

Information about requesting accommodation via the Disability Resource Center

Syllabus

Technology Components

Element

Course Site Location

Compliance with ADA Section 508 for accessible content

Modules

Downloadable software plug-ins, if necessary

Resources

Computer system requirements and browser settings (provide link to http://etudesproject.org/gateway/server_info.html)

Announcements
Module

No files larger than 5mb; no PowerPoint slideshows

Module
Resources