Face-to-Face & Supplemental Course Review

The Course Review Process for Face-to-Face courses Moodle will be conducted by the hiring Academic Affairs supervisor using a report that documents that the required components are available.  Faculty will receive feedback regarding their Moodle course shell prior to the start of the term. 


Required components include:


  1. Blocks:  In order to maintain consistency among all of the GSC courses, there are a few blocks that are required in all courses.  This includes the Instructor Block, Messages, Activities Block and Research Help Block.  The Instructor Details block, while optional, is highly recommended to include detailed information about communications preferences, availability to meet with students, expected response time, etc.  Other blocks may be added, but it should be considered as to whether they add value to the learning environment or not.  Too much clutter can cause as much confusion as not enough information.  If possible, blocks should remain in the left-hand side of the course.
  2. Main Topic Area: The main topic area remains at the top of the course main page.  Because it can’t be collapsed or hidden, it is prime “real estate” for important resources and information.  However, if there is too much in this main topic area, it forces the students to scroll every time they log into their course in order to get to the desired module.  This is especially noticed if they are accessing their course on a mobile device. 

    –> Syllabus: edit the “Updated” date every time you revise your syllabus. 
    –> Announcements:  use this “instructor only” forum to make regular class announcements.  This also creates a sense of instructor presence.
    –> The Course Resource Documents is a folder in which files can be added.  
    –> General Course Questions & Discussion Forum:  This forum is used for general questions or discussions regarding the course.  Students can post their questions and the instructor or other students can respond in this public forum. 

  3. Additional Resources:

    In addition to the syllabus, faculty teaching F2F courses are asked to include at least one additional resource or activity in their Moodle course that will provide benefit to the students.  This could be something like notes, Powerpoint presentation, links to additional resources, etc.  To learn more, see Moodle documentation for adding resources or documentation for adding activities.

  4. Rich Media Content: Rich media is encouraged when it enhances the learning and engages students more with the content and with each other.  GSC provides access to some tools such as Kaltura streaming media server and Bb Collaborate web-conferencing.  Other Open Educational Resources are available freely on the Web.  ADA compliance and Universal Design principles should be considered when using rich media.  Instructions and support information should be added if necessary.  (Also see Best Practices for Using Video in Your Course.)
  5. Coming soon…Gradebook: The gradebook should be setup to reflect the grading criteria established in the syllabus.  Columns should be organized to facilitate ease of use.  See Gradebook Basics.

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