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Course Design Requirements

Course Design Requirements

All Carson-Newman courses will use the standard learning management software (C-N Online/Edvance360) for a minimum of their course syllabi.  All Online Learning courses will use C-N Online/Edvance360 for their course delivery.  If the faculty chooses an outside learning management system it must be approved by the Online Learning office AND it must meet secure login/identification criteria.

Required Elements: 

  • Look and Feel:
    • –   Front page organization and navigation
    • –   Refrains from using non-standard colors or fonts
    • –   Content accessible to students with disabilities when appropriate.  Ex: a video may need to be accompanied with a text file.
  • Setting the Stage:
    • –   Links and explanation to the C-N Online/Edvance360 orientation
    • –   Links to technical support
  • –   Course Orientation
    • An introduction to the C-N Online/E360 course tools and how they will be used in this particular course
    • Instructor’s contact information including:  accepted modes of communication (at least two), accepted times for communication, times of “black-out” or no expected communication
    • The course “attendance” policy. 
    • Instructions for obtaining any special software, textbooks, or other tools needed to complete the online course
    • If this orientation is delivered via email or C-N Online with an attached document or new document it will be in PDF or HTML format.
    • –Detailed Syllabus. 
      The Course Syllabus is NOT the calendar.  The Syllabus is the document outlining course policies, procedures, goals, and outcomes.  Its section should include:  required texts and materials, class format, expectations, academic honesty and grading policies, academic support statements, etc.  A template for use with a Carson-Newman Online course is available on EagleNet: 
      https://eaglenet.cn.edu/provost  >online teaching.
    • –Course Schedule. 
      The course schedule document should include a detailed outline to set the pace for the course.  It should include any reading/assignment deadlines, synchronous chat, meeting, or video viewing event dates/times, and assessment schedules which include time restrictions.  You may choose to reiterate how you will record course attendance and grading deadlines on the schedule as well.
  • Welcome. 
    • –Pre-course postcard or letter mailing.  This physical mailing should tell them to look for a pre-class e-mail from you with the syllabus and course schedule, include the C-N Online web address, the student’s user name, and your contact information
    • –Welcome e-mail.  In this e-mail show some excitement.  Reiterate what was on the post card/mailing.  Tell them how to get started with the course. See example in Appendix C (Welcome Examples).  Don’t make the e-mail too long.
    • –Make sure all tools in C-N Online which you do not intend to use are removed from the course. 
    • –Place a “Getting Started” document or announcement on the course home page.  See Suggested Orientation list in Appendix C (Welcome Examples).
    • –Create/edit your bio/profile setting an example for each of your students to include their own.  You may wish to add your contact information here as well as on the Syllabus and Course Schedule.
    • –Add a course description to the “About this Course” section of C-N Online.  You may wish to add the “Getting Started” statement here.
    • –Create links to Global resources needed for the students
  • Content
    • Each course will use and present different content in a different fashion.  Consider the value of using “Lessons” to set continue to set expectations and guide the student. 
    • Use engaging elements such as audio and video notes, images, surveys, and simulations.
    • Provide as many self-help resources as possible, such as rules of netiquette, writing style guides, software how-to links, and grading rubrics.

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