Quality Matters Monday: Standard 1.1
General Standard 1 – Course Overview and Introduction: The overall design of the course is made clear to the learner at the beginning of the course.
Standard 1.1: Instructions make clear how to get started and where to find various course components.
While this standard may seem a bit obvious, it is often overlooked. In online courses, the last thing we want to happen is for the technology and navigation to get in the way of learning. Therefore, this standard encourages that once a student is in a course, there is no question as to where they need to go first and where they can find each component in the course.
This can manifest in several ways: We suggest either an opening announcement on the home page that sets a welcoming tone for the course and uses strong directional language and/or a large button/section that simply states, “Start Here.” See below for an example of how we meet this standard in our suggested course shell.
As you can see, all of the major components of the course, including where to start, appear on the course home page.