Students need productive, personal, and regular feedback. This is especially important in online learning where in-person contact with students is often limited. Learn more about Formative Assessment & Feedback here.
Students need to know what is expected of them, how they’ll be graded, and what success looks like.
Clear and comprehensive guidelines for completing assignments are provided
Grading Rubrics or grading keys are used for assignments, discussions, and/or quizzes
Step-by-step examples of how to complete tasks or solve problems are given
Review sessions or other support are offered
Introductions to Learning Outcomes
Developing Learning Outcomes
Rationale, Relevance, and Alignment
Students need to know why they’re doing what they’re doing. What will they learn? How will the activities in the course help them learn? How will they apply what they’ve learned? How does the course fit into the bigger picture of their education, future career, life, and community?
The knowledge and skills students will develop are clearly stated
The path to success in the course is clear
Assessments are aligned with what has been covered in the course
Assignments and assessments are focused on skill and knowledge development
The course is presented in the broader context of a major, a field, or society