Guidelines

Updates coming soon!

Check the boxes
WOU is developing an online course rubric to help guide you through the process of creating an online course or self-evaluate your existing courses for ease of use and quality. Coming soon!

Make your materials accessible
WOU is committed to nondiscrimination in the delivery of its programs, services, and facilities to persons with disabilities. It is important to consider students with hearing or visual impairments when creating your course resources. It's a good idea to include transcripts with all video and audio files and to make sure that images are given an alternate text description.

Too often, instructors neglect accessibility in their online courses and do not prepare for teaching students with disabilities. This not only puts an additional strain on the instructor to modify course resources after a term has begun, but it also puts students at a distinct disadvantage in the course if they must wait to access important materials.

Not sure if your course is accessible? Talk to the Office of Disability Services.

Be mindful of copyright laws
Copyright laws can become a bit fuzzy online, especially regarding educational use of materials. What may be fair use in your physical classroom is not necessarily so online. Sharing copyrighted content on a public website, for example, can result in legal action from the copyright holder. While material accessed by students in a learning management system (LMS) like WOU Online (moodle) is protected from public access with unique login information and a private password, public websites and documents must contain only information you are legally permitted to share. This includes private information about your students.

Consider NETS
Incorporating technology well in your hybrid or traditional classroom can be a challenge. While these standards were developed with K-12 education in mind, the International Society for Technology in Education's National Educational Technology Standards, or NETS, are a widely accepted set of guidelines for modeling and fostering modern technology skills in a classroom setting.