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Faculty Resource Guide: Course Information

Guide for full and part time faculty

Course Information

Course Information

Section 1 of the E-Blueprint Course Development Review focuses on the Course Information.

Review Item

Example (Possible Evidence)

Note: Links in this column are to pages in the TLC Professional Development Course or Canvas Guides

★ A.1 Home Page provides visual representation of course; a brief course description  from course catalog, a welcome module with introduction; clear instructions for students (e.g. where to begin) and navigation to current content in less than three clicks.

---UDL 2.5 Illustrate through multiple media 

Course uses a Home Page throughout the course. Students are directed to content instead of a list of modules or other links.

Example 1

Example 2

Setting a Home Page

★★ A.2 Home Page utilizes a course banner with imagery that is relevant to subject/course materials.

---UDL 2.5 Illustrate through multiple media

The home page includes a horizontal banner image across the top of the page. Can be topic or college related. For College provided image, contact the Teaching and Learning Center.

★★ A.3 Course card provides visual representation of subject by adding an image in Course Settings (Settings (i.e. an image of a microscope for a science course)

---UDL 2.5 Illustrate through multiple media

The course includes a subject related image provided for the Course Card that is available in the Dashboard.

course-card-example.gif 

★ A.4 Course Navigation - Ensures the top five links are in the following order:

  • Home
  • Announcements
  • Syllabus
  • Modules
  • Support/Policies
  • LRC Services
  • Grades

The Support/Policies and LRC Services links to campus policies and resources available, including the LRC helpdesk, and explains what resources are available as direct links for students are hidden from Course Navigation.

NOTE: This navigation is the default setup. Faculty may choose to enable Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, etc. if the preference is to give students direct access to those items.

Canvas Guide - Navigation Links

---UDL 7.3 Minimize threats and distractions

All terms provide this navigation setup. When copying courses please review to assure navigation is as described. This setup directs students to Modules and all content provided therein. When Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes are enabled this permits students to bypass other course pages.

SYLLABUS & WELCOME MODULE

★ A.5 Course syllabus is posted in the LMS Syllabus page and a link to a printable PDF that contains all required information as designated by the college is provided (information available in the Faculty Resource Guide).

---UDL 6.2 Support planning and strategy development

The course syllabus page includes all course information provided by the faculty AND a link to a PDF version.

Example syllabus template

★ A.5a Instructor provides course specific learning outcomes, policies for grading, late work and make-up work, communication, instruction and expectations, guidelines, contact information, office hours (online and in-person), biographical information, and other relevant details or helpful advice with links provided to campus resources, and sets expectations for assignment turnaround/feedback. This information can be provided in the syllabus page and the Welcome module.

---UDL 8.1 Heighten salience of goals and objectives

This information is included in the syllabus and/or the Welcome module.

★ A.5b Student is made aware of participation expectations; course specific technology requirements; and supplemental textbooks, reading lists, and course materials. This information can be provided in the syllabus page and the Welcome module.

NOTE: General technology requirements provided in the Support/Policies tab.

---UDL 7.3 Minimize threats and distractions

This information is included in the syllabus and/or the Welcome module.

★ A.5c Instructor directs students to Support/Policies link for statements regarding academic integrity, netiquette, and the college honor code, including consequences for violating that code.

---UDL 9.2 Facilitate personal coping skills and strategies

This information is included in the syllabus and/or the Welcome module.

Support/Policies sample page

Getting started with Canvas sample page