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NAU Online Course Development Checklist

Design Standard N (0) I (1) Y (2) Course Features NAU thumbs up
NAU Policies       1. NAU’s syllabus template and NAU’s syllabus policies are used in the course. thumbs up
      2. The online class format matches the instruction mode listed in LOUIE for the class. thumbs up
      3. University-established course start and end dates are followed. thumbs up
      4. The privacy of student grades and feedback in maintained in accordance with FERPA thumbs up
      5. NAU policy regarding intellectual property (IP) as set forth in Arizona Board of Regents Policy 6-908. thumbs up
      6. Current copyright legislation and citation conventions are used for all course materials. thumbs up
      7. All grades are recorded in the Bb Learn Grade Center, and grades are kept up-to-date. A link is provided to the Bb Learn My Grades tool, and a Current Grade column is available to students throughout the course. thumbs up
      8. A comprehensive table of assignments and due dates is provided to students. This shows all deadlines for all graded and un-graded tasks, assignments, and assessments in the course. thumbs up
Course Overview & Introduction       9. The organizational structure and layout of key course materials is introduced to students including instructions on how to get started and where to find various course components (QM 1.1, 1.2). QM
      10. It is made clear to students how the course fits into the program of study. thumbs up
      11. A welcoming introductory message and/or video is provided by the instructor to students with the course orientation materials (QM 1.8). thumbs up
Learning Objectives       12. Course and module learning outcomes are clearly communicated to students (QM 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3) thumbs up
      13. Course learning activities and instructional materials support course and module Learning Outcomes, and the relationships between activities, materials, and outcomes are made clear to students. (QM 5.1, 5.2, 4.1, 4.2) QM
Assessment & Measurement       14. Exams, quizzes, projects, assignments and all other assessments measure learning outcomes, and the relationship between them is clear to students (QM 2.4 and 3.1) QM
      15. Assessments provide clear instructions with fully-aligned rubrics or other grading criteria embedded with each assessment (QM 3.3). thumbs up
Content & Instructional Materials       16. The relationships between course content and the course learning activities are clearly communicated to students (QM 4.1, 4.2) QM
      17. Instructional materials are current and/or appropriate to the course content. thumbs up
Learning Activities & Interaction       18. Learning activities are structured to provide a variety of opportunities for students to interact with each other and to support a community of learners. (QM 5.2) thumbs up
      19. Expectations for the amount of time students should spend working with the course, classmates, and the instructor are clear. (QM 5.4) QM
      20. There is clear evidence of regular and substantive interaction between students and between students and instructor. (QM 5.3) thumbs up
Course Technologies       21. Course tools and technologies are used effectively to support learning outcomes, active learning, and/or create ways for students to work with content, other students and the instructor. (QM 6.1, 6.2) QM
      22. Course tools and technologies are NAU-supported, provide students with information about protecting their privacy, and maintain student records/submitted work according with university policy. (QM 6.3) QM
Learner Support       23. Course facilitates learner access to essential student support programming and university resources including technical support, student services, and academic resources. (QM 7) thumbs up
Accessibility and Usability       24. The course design facilitates ease of use, straightforward navigation, and readability. (QM 8.1, 8.2, 8.3) thumbs up
      25. The course provides accessible text and images throughout and provides alternative means for accessing multimedia content in formats designed to meet the needs of diverse learners. (QM 8.3, 8.4) thumbs up
      26. The downloadable copy of course syllabus has an Ally score of 100% QM

thumbs up are Best Practices identified by NAU’s Faculty Committee on Online Teaching & Learning.

QM refers to a Quality Matters Program standard or best practice.