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Here is the checklist for CHECK 1. Resources have been added to the right of the checklist item to which they correspond. Feel free to explore any that seem helpful or interesting!

A. Syllabus

 The course syllabus is an important orienting document to students. It should be clearly posted and include the following:

  1. Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are included by listing in the Course Syllabus.  To locate SLO for your course go to
  2. Course measurable objectives from WebCMS ( are included on the Syllabus. 
  3. Instructor Contact Information and response time to emails included. 
  4. Policies and Expectations are included (including accessibility statement, behavior, netiquette, and plagiarism).
  5. Course Requirements are included.
  6. Grading Criteria including the instructor’s methods of collecting and returning work are clearly explained.
  7. Grading Feedback response time is included.
  8. Schedule/Calendar is included and clearly organized
  9. A downloadable/printable version of syllabus is provided. 
B. Welcome & Course Orientation 

These items start the course. Courses should include the following and make them easy to find:

  1.  Professor contact information is posted in a highly visible location. Professor has a profile picture.
  2. Welcome Announcement – A detailed introduction and instructions on how to start the course is provided in an announcement.
  3. Orientation activity is provided in the course. It is clearly labeled with instructions on what students need to do to be counted as “present” in the course.*
B. Welcome
C. Presentation &  Organization of  Content 

This topic pertains to the overall structure and navigation of the course. The content within items will be discussed in other checks.

  1. Home page – the course has a well-defined and well organized home page that identifies the course and its main elements.
  2. An image or banner at the top of the home page identifies the course and semester. “Online” or “hybrid” is included in the course label.
  3. A tutorial on using the course management system (CMS- aka Moodlerooms) is provided in print, video, or both. 
  4. Content is “chunked” into manageable segments that are distinct learning units or modules.
  5. Content is presented in the appropriate/ efficient tool or mechanism within the CMS. E.g., links use the URL tool, content uses a content-appropriate tool, etc.)
  6. Learning Objectives are clearly labeled and included in each module.
  7. Navigation is intuitive and content flows in a logical progression.
  8. External URL sites and files are set to display to a new browser window to prevent students from accidentally exiting the course.
C. Content

Copyright questions? Check out this libguide with copyright info for faculty:  

Faculty Guide to library content you can use in your courses! 

FREE MULTIMEDIA Images, online content, videos you can use for free from the library! 

Be sure to check out these and other resources available from the Mt. SAC library! Our institution has paid for access to these resources so feel free to use them! 

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