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Benerd College
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3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95211
3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817

Suggested Tools for Basic Sakai Course

The current course review for online certificate programs in the CPCE and the faculty development courses uses the following guidelines:

  • Home: a welcome message on the landing page with information about the course.
  • Announcements: A message clearly indicating where students need to go to start the course
  • Syllabus: A syllabus that contains learning outcomes, course overview, policy information, clear grading criteria, and calendar.
  • Lessons: There is a clear narrative or path for the student to follow in the course. This can be through the Lessons tool, a very detailed syllabus, or some other mechanism like announcements or a blog, for example.
  • Alignment: The syllabus is aligned to the tools and assignments in the LMS
  • Resources: Necessary resources for the course are available. 
  • Links: Links within the course site are active and not broken
  • Interactions: There are clear mechanisms for interaction between Instructor-Student and Student-Student through one or more of the following: Forums, wikis, Blogs, Elliuminate.
  • Assignments and Assessments: Assignments are set up with correct dates and are aligned with the syllabus
  • Test & Quizzes: Tests and quizzes are set up with correct dates and are aligned with the syllabus
  • Grade book: Grade book is aligned with syllabus

These guidelines are specific to a program taught on only the Sakai platform. It is recommended that course quality guidelines be created that are expansive enough to take into account a variety of delivery (or future) platforms while focusing on core student experiences and provides for both synchronous and asynchronous communication.
For a broader (and perhaps more useful) quality assessment tool, SUNY Empire State College developed a tool under creative commons that looks at each course through three basic categories: Learner support and resources, organization and presentation, and instructional design and delivery.

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