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Design your Course

The Drexel University Core Design Element Checklist is a list of fundamental design components that can be applied to any Drexel online or hybrid course. Developed at Drexel University for use by Drexel faculty for Drexel courses, the items on this list are strongly recommended for use as a guide in developing or reviewing any Drexel online or hybrid course.

Core Design Element Checklist

  1. A course description is provided.
  2. This may include a statement that introduces the student to the purpose of the course and its components.
  3. In the case of a hybrid course, there is a statement that clarifies the relationship between the "face-to-face" and "online" components.
  4. The number of credit hours earned for successful completion is clearly posted.
  5. The grading policy is clearly stated.
  6. Specific/descriptive criteria are provided for the evaluation of student work and participation.
  7. Instructions for completion and submission are provided.
  8. Grading scales and weights are provided.
  9. Course learning objectives describe outcomes that are measurable.
  10. Assessment and evaluation are aligned with course learning objectives.
  11. Assessment and evaluation tools are appropriate for measuring the stated learning outcomes.
  12. Assessment and evaluation goals are clearly communicated.
  13. Information about student feedback is provided.
  14. Instructor contact and availability information is provided.
  15. A list of textbooks, supplies, and other instructional materials needed for the course is provided.
  16. Due dates and deadlines are provided.
  17. A disclaimer that dates are subject to change should be included.
  18. A code of conduct and information about academic integrity are provided.
  19. Links to university policies should be provided.
  20. Netiquette standards should be provided as needed.
  21. Links, email addresses, and/or phone numbers to technical support are provided.
  22. Content is sequenced and structured in a manner that enables learners to achieve the stated goals.
  23. The course content is divided into learning units that are labeled and presented in a logical manner.
  24. The course is easy to navigate.
  25. The components and structure of the course are clear and understandable.
  26. Instructions about how to get started and where to find various course components is provided.
  27. Broken or outdated links are corrected or removed.
  28. Required online resources are accessible.
  29. Links to academic resources are provided.
  30. Links to Drexel Central, library, tutoring centers, counseling services, Provost Office, DragonCard Office, and bookstore are provided.
  31. The university statement regarding ADA compliance is provided.
  32. Information about how to request special services is provided.