All courses need to be revised and refreshed throughout their lifecycle. Whether it is a simple modification to update links that have changed, altering a graphic for one that is more current, or doing a complete redesign because a key component of the course has changed, revisions are required. Aside from all of the routine “course cleanup” tasks necessary to keep your course functioning as it was developed, you should also review your student feedback to determine whether more pedagogical changes are required. For this task, turn to your sources of quantitative or qualitative feedback from your students, which as mentioned in the last section, might include any or all of the following:
- Midterm surveys
- Distribution of grades
- Other feedback you have received from students
Once you have finished designing and developing your online or hybrid course, it is important to reflect upon its quality. Is your course design usable and accessible? Will your course effectively promote student learning?
Quality Matters is a rigorous review process based on research-supported and published best practices that aims to improve online student learning. Consider the following questions based on Quality Matters standards when reviewing your course:
- Does your course have a “Start Here” button or “Read Me First” section to instruct your students how to begin?
- Do you convey important information about your course’s purposes, learning activities, and assessments through a syllabus and course schedule?
- Are your course objectives clearly written and aligned to the learning activities and assessments?
- Do your course’s assessments, learning activities, and instructional materials promote interaction and the achievement of the objectives?
- Do you clearly state grading policies for your course?
- Does your course include a plan for responding and offering feedback to students?
- Do you integrate tools that promote engagement, active learning, and the achievement of the objectives?
- Does your course guide students to technical support and UNF accessibility policies and services?
- Is your course navigable and user-friendly?
- Does your course clearly state information about the accessibility of all technologies required in the course?
To learn more about the course review process, visit the Course Review page.
To request feedback from an instructional designer regarding your course, schedule a meeting with your department’s appointed instructional designer by visiting the Liaison Program page.
To learn more about the Quality Matters process or how to submit your course for official review, visit UNF’s Quality Matters page.
Once you have incorporated student feedback and made changes to your course as necessary, you may need additional assistance from CIRT. As always, if you need assistance with any aspect of your course, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and setup an appointment for Canvas assistance, or schedule a consultation with an Instructional Designer.
Here are some example of the kinds of requests faculty contact us for:
- Assistance with formatting course content
- Tool help (i.e., Blogs, Wikis, Journals, Discussions)
- Development of Assignments and Rubrics
- Rebuilding testpools and quiz settings
- Wiki design (HTML and layout)
- Convert Narrated PPTs with iSpring and add to course
- Find external content links
- How-to videos using Captivate
- Convert tests with Respondus
- Media production and updates
- Course files- reorganize and relink
- Template - verify Universal Design and best practices
- Verify that all course links are accurate and functional