Course Readiness Checklist
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Checklist to ensure your course is ready for students.
As we gear up for campus in-person instruction, it is important that instructors feel confident in the course readiness of their courses. The following is a checklist that guides you through different elements of your with important associated tasks. Once completed, you can feel comfortable that you and your course are prepared for student instruction.
- You provide students with a conceptual framework for the course (topics covered, supported course outcomes, and activities.
- You provide students time to reflect on content before moving to a new topic.
- You have a variety of ways for students to ask questions and get clarification on concepts.
- You have plans opportunities for students to engage with one another.
- Learning materials are provided in multiple formats (print and digital).
- PowerPoint slides limit the amount of text presented on the slide.
- Font size is large enough to read, is sans-serif, and colors provide adequate contrast.
- Slides use diagrams, tables and graphics to represent content when appropriate.
- You know how to upload and organize materials in your Canvas course.
- You know how to upload and caption video content in Kaltura MediaSpace and how to make it available in Canvas.
- You can set up Canvas Announcements.
- You can set up Google Class Group list for student email.
- You can download your class roster and/or your class photo roster.
- You can talk with students about the campus masking policy.
- You can share your preferred communication method with students.
- You can share your plans for in-person or online office hours with students.
Feedback and Assessment
- Students are aware of how learning will be assessed.
- You will provide student feedback on their performance (both formative and summative).
- You have identified activities that help you intervene in students' learning challenges.
- You can use Canvas SpeedGrader to provide quick feedback to students on assignments.
- You have added your assignment rubrics into the Canvas Rubrics tool.
- You have reviewed the list of supported technologies.
- Students know where to get technical support for course-related technologies.
- If tools are unsupported, students know where to get help with technical problems.
Course SyllabusYou have the required elements in your course syllabus:
- course description;
- course learning outcomes;
- credit hours;
- course designation and attributes;
- instructional mode (in-person, hybrid, or online);
- instructor and teaching assistant information;
- a description of how the credits are met; and
- regular and substantive student-instructor interactions.
- See course syllabus template.
- See more information on Course Syllabus (AEFIS) at UW-Madison.
- Course syllabus is available (in Canvas Modules or through the Course Syllabus (AEFIS) tool).