Six Factors of Course Success

Course Success Self Review

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Course Planning
Supporting Students
Instructor-Student Interactions
Student-Student Interactions
Materials and Media
Assessment and Feedback
Self-Review Form

Course success factors

Following are six success factors and supporting recommendations aimed at helping strengthen instruction. In reviewing your course, consider whether these success factors are currently effective in your course. 

You can complete the Course Success Self-Review, based on these six factors.  This is an anonymous and quick survey tool for instructors. It is intended to help instructors strengthen the design and delivery of their courses, leading to better learning and student satisfaction. These recommendations are relevant to instruction regardless of modality: online, face-to-face, and hybrid. Based on your answers, you will receive targeted feedback and resources that can help you put these recommendations into practice.


1. Course Success: Course Planning: The amount of time a student spends learning reflects the university’s guidelines for credit hours (lectures, discussion, reading, assignments, studying, etc.). The definition of a credit hour is based on federal rules and ensures students receive the enriching and engaging education they deserve without demanding more effort than is required.

2. Course Support: Supporting Students: An inclusive learning environment is established when all students are supported in adapting to the structure, schedule, expectations, and technologies used in the course. Supporting students requires thorough communication about how their course is set up, what they have to do, how the course is run administratively, and what resources and services are available to help them succeed.

3. Course Success: Instructor-Student Interactions: The course is designed to include regular and substantive interaction and communication between student and instructor. Regardless of modality, a fully-realized educational experience provides students with ample opportunity to ask questions, receive answers, and obtain feedback and guidance from instructors. 

4. Course Success: Student-Student Interactions: The course is designed to include regular and substantive interaction among students. A fully-realized educational experience provides students with ample opportunity to actively engage and collaborate with their peers.

5. Course Success: Materials and media: Lectures and course materials are accessible, multi-faceted, varied, and aligned with course learning outcomes. 

6. Course Success: Assessment and feedback: Methods for assessment, grading, and feedback are planned and clearly outlined for students. Assessment methods should be carefully considered in terms of equity, transparency, rigor, and integrity, and may challenge conventional approaches to quizzes and exams.

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Owner:Timmo D.Group:Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring
Created:2022-09-15 10:40 CDTUpdated:2022-09-22 13:22 CDT
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