Course Overview and Introduction: Take Action

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Course Overview and Introduction: Take Action

How Will Your Students Know What To Do?

It is extremely frustrating to log into a course and not know where to begin! In order to be successful in an online course, students need to know how to get started as well as specific information about how your course is organized and what you expect of them.

Course Overview & Introduction Checklist

As you develop your course in Brightspace, be sure to use this checklist to review your incorporation of learning objectives/outcomes throughout the course. This checklist is based on the Quality Matters Specific Review Standards 1.1-1.9.

  • Instructions make clear how to get started and where to find various course components.
  • Learners are introduced to the purpose and structure of the course.
  • Communication expectations for online discussions, email, and other forms of interaction are clearly stated.
  • Course and institutional policies with which the learner is expected to comply are clearly stated within the course, or a link to current policies is provided.
  • Minimum technology requirements for the course are clearly stated, and information on how to obtain the technologies is provided.
  • Computer skills and digital information literacy skills expected of the learner are clearly stated.
  • Expectations for prerequisite knowledge in the discipline and/or any required competencies are clearly stated.
  • The self-introduction by the instructor is professional and is available online.
  • Learners are asked to introduce themselves to the class.


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