Course checklist

Course checklist

Instructors work with CTET learning designers to build or revise each course. After the course is revised, a CTET learning technologist will do a technical review. There will be also a final review.

Before your course goes to technical review:

  • use this checklist as a guide to make sure you've covered everything
  • check the hidden tasks timeline Moodle page at the top of your course

Many links on this list go to the Computer Services Knowledge Base. You may need to sign in with your Royal Roads username and password to access information behind the firewall.

Course checklist


Related resources and information to help you

1. Overall quality and structure

You have looked through the course and are satisfied with it.

Editing content - applies to any Moodle content – pages, books, activity schedule, readings list, etc.

Instructor contact information and profile are current and have the correct link

Adding and editing links

Course adheres to accessibility guidelines

Accessibility guidelines for course development

Course layout and contents adhere to format and standards of the program

Check with the learning technologist or your program about standards and templates

Links all work and are descriptive of the destination page (no "click here").

  • External links open in a new window
  • Internal links (links to pages within the course and links to files) open in the same window

Adding and editing links

2. Naming conventions and dates

Assignment names are the same in the schedule, assignment description, assessment matrix and Moodle assignments

Aim for consistency. For example, do not call something "Assignment #1 - Research Project" in one place and "Assignment One - Final Paper" in another.

Activities and assignment titles should indicate whether individual, team or class in parentheses at the end of the title.

For example, for a class discussion on concept map, the title would be: "Concept Map (Class)"

A course activity schedule is present, and updated for this offering

How to edit a course schedule

Due Dates in Moodle assignments are consistent with those in the schedule. When possible, use the default due time of 11:55pm (use 23:55 in the Moodle assignment settings drop-down menu).

Do not put dates and times in other places. It makes it harder to keep everything consistent in this offering and harder to update for the next offering. If you change a date in the schedule, you must also change the corresponding activity (e.g., assignments) – see Editing common activities.

3. Assignments, activities, learning outcomes and teams

Assignment instructions are clear, complete, detailed and in a single place.

Students get confused and worry if they find similar information in multiple places.

Settings for Activities, Gradebook and Moodle Assignments are correct and gradebook weights add up to 100%.

Ask for the learning technologist's assistance, if needed.

Learning Outcomes identified with assignments/activities are consistent with those listed in the approved course outline. Ensure consistency between Course Outline, Assessment Matrix, Activity Schedule when appropriate, and Assignment Description.

Contact STUDIO for assistance.

Any files in the course that were included in previous offerings, e.g. PowerPoints, PDFs, Word docs, are updated for the upcoming course (dates, names, contact info). Use a folder for multiple files.

To add new files: file upload.

Teams must be set up in Moodle before students submit their work or post.

Check if the settings are correct. For help in setting these up correctly, please contact the learning technologist, create a help ticket online or contact STUDIO.

4. Readings and copyright

Readings and resources, required and optional, are in a single place so that Copyright Office can approve them, at six weeks before course starts. Readings are complete, correct, and in proper academic citation format for your discipline and are links only, without any PDF or Word documents, unless approved by Copyright.

Have you done due diligence to ensure that your course (PowerPoints, video clips, images etc.) adheres to current copyright law?

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