Updated Course Information Module

The use of the “course information module” has been identified as a best practice.   See the post, and podcast episode, for more information about this best practice.

The Course Information Module contains 5 files (Instructor Information; Syllabus, Books, and Materials; Course Objectives, Evaluation, and Structure; Policies; and D2L Help) that provide learners with all they need to know about the course and the instructor.  The Import/Export/Copy Tool in D2L is used to import the Zip file.  It will import as a module and show up below all the other modules in the course site.  The module can them be moved up to the top of the list of modules.

If you already have the Course Information Module imported, but need to add the D2L Help page, then you need this zip file to import that page.

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Best Practices: Course Information Module

Best Practices -- Course Information Module 640

I created the course information module to replace the old Course Information Book that had become so popular in Moodle.  It was designed to create an organized place for all of the important information required by the Online Assessment Rubric, i.e., instructor contact information, syllabus, required textbooks and materials, policies, learning objectives.  While much of this information is also in the syllabus, it is important that this information appear in multiple places in an online course.  Students have now become accustomed to seeing this module in courses.  I would encourage the use of this module in all of your classes, not just the completely online courses.

The course information module is available as a zip file for download in this post:  http://learningd2l.com/2016/11/16/updated-course-information-module-2/

 

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Desire2Learn Course Information Module

The “Course Information Module” is a module meant to be the first module in a Desire2Learn course site. The module is designed with 4 pages: Instructor Information; Syllabus, Books, and Materials; Course Objectives, Evaluation, and Structure; and Policies. Those pages are designed to contain all of the information required by in Section One of the college’s “Online Course Assessment Rubric.”  Some of the pages contain some “boiler plate” text that can be either used by instructors or replaced with their own information or policies.

The module can be downloaded from the link below and then imported into a Desire2Learn course site using the import/export/copy tool.

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Updated Course Information Module

The course information module for D2L has been updated to include new URLs for some of the resources listed on the various pages in the module.  Those  URLs changed when the new website was deployed.  If you have the pages in your course your should update the link on the policies page under plagiarism.  The link to the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities should now point to: http://www.jalc.edu/files/uploads/global/rights_responsibilities_manual/pdfs/article4.pdf.  The link to Netiquette on policies pages should now point here: http://www.jalc.edu/online-learning/netiquette.

I have updated the import package that is in the D2L Users Group with these new URLs.  If you would like to import this package into your courses, go to the D2L Users Group site, click on “Content”, click on the “Course Information” module, and click on the Package (it is a zip file).  To import the files into your course site, just click on the zip file and download it.  Go to the D2L course site where you would like the files to reside, then go to the “tools” menu and select “edit course”, and then select “import / export / copy files”.  Use the import function to import the zip file into your course.

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