OSCQR – Standard #4

OSCQR – Standard #4

A printable syllabus is available to learners (PDF, HTML).

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Keeping learners on track is a core part of teaching online, and the more information you can provide in advance, the fewer problems and obstacles your learners will encounter. Creating a syllabus is fundamental aspect of any course design process. Providing a syllabus in a format that is easy to find in the online course, and available for learners to access, download, and print at their convenience is equally essential.

Many learners prefer a document that they can print and refer to offline, or keep for their records. Producing a syllabus in a format that is readable and printable (not editable) is the goal. PDF and HTML file formats are recommended over DOC formats.

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Chang, S. L., & Ley, K. (2006). A Learning Strategy to Compensate for Cognitive Overload in Online Learning: Learner Use of Printed Online Materials. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 5(1), 104-117.

Podolsky, T., & Soiferman, K. (2014). Student Academic Reading Preferences: A Study of Online Reading Habits and Inclinations. Online Submission.

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OSCQR has been developed by a community of online practitioners interested in quality course design. There are numerous opportunities for community members to offer suggestions, donate resources, and help with future development.
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