Course Management System (CMS) Standards
Standard 1. Accessibility & Usability
Standard 1 Description:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) identifies the required steps higher education institutions and individual faculty member must take in order to meet individual student’s needs. This section provides detailed information on the accommodations instructors are legally required to make, as well as provides guidance and direction for proper course setup for online and face-to-face classes.
Standard 2. Communication
Standard 2 Description:
Communication with students is a critical component in your D2L course. As the instructor, it is important to be visible and accessible. Students need to “see” that you are present in the course. This section provides detailed information on the various communication options available within D2L.
Standard 3. Intellectual Property Policy
Standard 3 Description:
Instructors should regularly review LCC’s Intellectual Property Policy to ensure that they are in compliance. This section provides you with quick and easy access to LCC’s Intellectual Property Policy.
Standard 4. Electronic File Formats
Standard 4 Description:
Instructors should carefully plan how they will create and accept electronic files within their courses to ensure that they are consistent, current, and allow for greater usability between different types of devices. This section provides detailed information on electronic file format best practices.
Standard 5. Learning Object Repository (LOR)
Standard 5 Description:
The Learning Object Repository (LOR) was designed to be a means of sharing course content between instructors in a department. Instructors can easily import and export files including quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, etc. into and out of the LOR. This section provides detailed information on using the LOR in your D2L course.
Standard 6. Master Course(s)
Standard 6. Description:
A Master Course is used as a template for preparing a new course, a course used for multiple sections, and/or a course for a new semester. Instructors can have one Master Course per delivery method (e.g. online, face-to-face, hybrid, 8 week, 12 week, and 16 week). In addition, department Master Courses can be requested to provide courses that are aligned with department course objectives to instructors who need a base course to teach from, while developing their own course. This section provides detailed information on Master Course policies.
Standard 7. Mentor & Review
Standard 7. Description:
Course mentoring is available for all LCC faculty members using D2L. The eLearning Instructional Designers are available to mentor and assist faculty with all of their D2L needs, as well as curriculum development, rubric development, and integrating educational technology tools into the classroom. This section provides detailed information on mentoring and review best practices.
Standard 8. Navigation
Standard 8. Description:
Ease of navigation should be a top priority during the initial course setup phase. Course setup and organization is an essential part of the online learning environment. Course navigation can have a major impact on student learning. Course documents/materials, including course readings, assessments, and other course media, should be clearly identified and easy to locate. This section provides detailed information on course navigation and course setup best practices.
Standard 9. Technology
Standard 9. Description
Technology is an integral part of our everyday lives, both inside and outside of the classroom. Effectively incorporating technology into your D2L course can enhance the learning experience by increasing student engagement and collaboration. This section provides information on the integration of technology into D2L, including the Course Quota Policy, determining appropriate technologies, and strategic implementation.
Standard 10. User Authentication
Standard 10. Description:
Verifying student users is an important part of the online learning environment. Luckily, there are a number of avenues that can be used to identify students. In addition, instructors need to familiarize themselves with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, otherwise known as FERPA, and LCC’s Acceptable Use Policies which aims to protect student data and information. This section provides information on verifying students, FERPA and LCC’s Acceptable Use Policy.
Standard 11. Electronic Gradebook
Standard 11. Description
D2L is provided to all faculty to use for the purpose of recording grades electronically. All faculty must ensure that grades are entered in a timely manner in order to keep students informed of current grade status. This section provides information on LCC’s Electronic Gradebook Policy and expectations for entering grades.