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Criterion 2. Course techniques and tools

2.0: All technologies used in the course are listed and explained in the syllabus.

The hardware, software, or technology applications necessary for successful course participation are introduced, along with resources to support full student mastery. This information is communicated to students in the syllabus and reinforced throughout the semester.

It is well established that technology issues and ambiguous instructions frustrate online students (Hara & Kling, 1999). Access issues must be mitigated early on for students to be successful. In addition, instructors may wish to remind students of the skill level required for full participation in the course. For example, if the course incorporates an advanced technical program, students may should be explained in the same way.

If students need to use third-party content (publisher’s website, online labs, assignment utilities, web-based subscriptions), links to relevant resources and instructions on how to access this content are provided. , included in the easy-to-find course documentation.



2.1: Students have easy access to frequently used technology tools. Unused tools are removed from the course menu.

If a resource or tool is no longer used in a course, remove the associated link from the course navigation menu. Students rely on consistent navigation cues (such as established menus), but links to tools they no longer need can be seen as a distraction from the course. Again, students report much lower levels of efficiency and motivation in less searchable online courses (Simunich et al., 2015). Students get frustrated and sidetracked when they have to spend extra time sorting through links to unrelated course tools.



2.2: The course contains links to the privacy policies of technology tools.

The University’s Privacy Policy states that “We will not sell, exchange, or otherwise distribute your personally identifiable information without your consent, except as required by law.” This applies to all sites within the UNR domain, including WebCampus.

If the instructor uses a technology program that has not been previously vetted and supported by the university, details of what types of information may be monitored, collected, and/or disseminated through third-party technical programs or registration processes. must include a statutory privacy policy statement or legal document. For external tools (i.e. homework manager programs).

Students are required to provide access to information regarding the extent to which their information (identity, submissions, logons) is being monitored, collected and/or disseminated. Students entrust their personal information to universities and expect that information to be protected. In addition, transparency is her one of the highest rights related to student privacy policies (Strauss, 2014), giving students direct, easy access to all policies related to the technology her tools used in the course. must be able to access the

Privacy policies are available from campus administration offices, textbook and program representatives. Links to these policies should be checked regularly to ensure they are still in effect.