Checklist for Meeting Quality Matters Standard 1 – Course overview & Introduction

Quality Matters Standard 1

1.1 Instructions make clear how to get started and where to find various course components.

1.2 Learners are introduced to the purpose and structure of the course.

1.3 Etiquette expectations (sometimes called “netiquette”) for online discussions, email, and

other forms of communication are clearly stated.

1.4 Course and/or institutional policies with which the learner is expected to comply are clearly

stated, or a link to current policies is provided.

1.5 Minimum technology requirements are clearly stated and instructions for use provided.

1.6 Prerequisite knowledge in the discipline and/or any required competencies are clearly


1.7 Minimum technical skills expected of the learner are clearly stated.

1.8 The self-introduction by the instructor is appropriate and is available online.

1.9 Learners are asked to introduce themselves to the class.

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Standard 1 Checklist

  images Send welcome Email. (1.1)
 images Explain to students what to do first-steps to getting started. (1.1)
images Provide access to the syllabus. (1.2)
images Post a pacing guide. (1.2)
images Discuss netiquette expectations. (1.3)
  images Direct students to institution’s resources and policies. (1.4)
images Explain prerequisites including technology skills. (1.6, 1.7)
  images State required technology (1.5)
  images Write your instructor introduction. (1.8)
  images Facilitate student to student introduction. (1.9)
  images Establish Social Cafe or Tech Help Section (1.1)
  images Explain to students what to do next. (1.1)


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