COLRS Best Practices – Oakley Distinguished Online Teaching Award
The following best practices are considered by COLRS in evaluating nominations and making recommendations for the Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award.
Course Design & Facilitation
- Measurable course objectives
- A course calendar that has all readings, assignments, and dates.
- Communication policy
- Student assignment due dates are stated and consistent throughout the semester
- Announcements used to direct students to current work and/or provide feedback
- Course material is available for students to work ahead as appropriate to course
- Course materials are arranged in modules (weeks, topics, etc.) for ease of student access
- Course modules contain measurable objectives to guide student learning
- Course content is delivered in varied formats to engage multiple learning styles
- Opportunities for students to interact with one another are present (discussion board, blogs, group assignments, etc.
Assessment, Content& Teaching Technologies
- Active learning techniques are used in assignment designs
- Assessments measure module and course learning objectives
- Formative and summative assessments are present
- Discussion questions encourage critical thinking
- Timely feedback &assessment are provided
- Rubrics–holistic or analytic are used
- Course resources contain current text books and other current resources
- Technologies are used strategically and deliberately for an educational purpose.
- Specific instructions and tutorials are provided for required course technologies
- Word documents and PDFs use heading styles and accurate reading order
- Videos all have captions or transcripts
- Color combinations are high contrast
- Information/links to Student Support Services are provided for students as appropriate to course of study in any or all of the following areas:
- Financial Aid
- Counseling center
- Career center
- The Learning Hub
- IT Services