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Expectations for Creating a Complete Online Course

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Tutorials, Training, and assistance in meeting these requirements are available through VTEO and TLOS. Also see QM Rubric 6th Ed.

  • Asynchronous delivery must be available for diverse audience:
    • International students & those in different time zones.
    • Students working at distance or cannot attend live.
    • Students with SSD accessibility needs.
  • Equivalent recorded versions by Zoom of any live sessions.
  • Equitable participation for asynchronous learners.
  • Contact Engineering Online staff for appropriate accessibility guidelines where applicable.
  • All courses have a Canvas shell created automatically to serve as a central location for all course materials and Zoom recordings.
  • All course materials and recordings must be contained within the Canvas shell or clearly referenced or routed through the shell.
  • Use for delivery of written content, downloadable files, video, quiz-taking, discussion boards, etc.
  • Clear navigation and instructions should be provided to students throughout
  • Available in Canvas course shell. Minimally - download in ‘files.’
  • Preferred – Canvas syllabus page.
  • State purpose and structure of course
  • Explain method and frequency of instructor communication
  • Explain communication expected of students.
  • Set expectations for frequency with which student should engage with the instructor and the course content.
  • Explain technology and digital literacy requirements.
  • Identify prerequisites for course.
  • Introduce the instructor(s) to students.
  • Clearly describe grading policies
  • Syllabus includes all required university elements, e.g., Honor Code statement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Concrete measurable outcomes
  • Course activities directly related to objectives.
  • Assignments listed and detailed in Canvas.  Assignments and tests assigned in Canvas, and students submit through Canvas.
  • Clear expectations, requirements, tool needs. Grading policy stated.
  • Support attainment of stated learning objectives.
  • Promote engagement and active learning.

Canvas quiz tool is preferred.  No emailing of exams by instructor.

  • Grading Criteria clearly explained.
  • Equitable grading for all students, synchronous or asynchronous.
  • Assessments measure achievement of learning objectives
  • While asynchronous delivery must be available, any synchronous lectures must only be offered during the officially scheduled class time.
  • Office hours and exams will accommodate multiple time zones of students.
  • Record and post spoken lecture materials within 24 hours.
  • Upon student request in advance, subtitle all video or spoken materials using Canvas tool.
  • Provide lecture slides to students and in advance if possible
  • Provide Audio-Only version of recorded lectures
  • Take into account time required to process and access online materials when setting assessment policies.
  • Give clear instructions for all assignments, assessments, and expectations of students.
  • Use tools provided by Virginia Tech – Canvas, Zoom, Kaltura, etc.
  • Hold online office hours
  • Contact VTEO to assist in any way.
  • Consider using digital ink (active stylus to write on screen)
  • Do provide students with a typewritten or otherwise legible version of any handwritten notes.
  • Do not scan handwritten documents, without confirming with students that the transcripts are legible to them
  • Do not email PDF’s to students as a method of content delivery.
  • Do not require or assess performance based on ability to be at a specific physical location or in real time (synchronous learning).
  • Do not use multiple platforms within the same course. Ex: Some assignments in Canvas, some in Google docs, some in email. Be consistent.
  • Do not experiment with tools you have not become comfortable with, or that there is no support for at the university.
  • Do not use unlicensed tools Unless otherwise free to the user, software and tools not licensed for use at the university should not be required.
  • Do not give an exam that requires all or nearly all of the available time for a student to complete it.
COE Expectations for Online Course Development.pdf If you wish to have a printable document containing the information on this page, download this file.

For a complete online course development walkthrough, vist our Canvas site: Online Course Development Walkthrough