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Set-Up Checklist for Gen3 Online Course Template

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Setting up your course involves multiple steps, each equally important to ensure a great online experience for both you and your students. Your department or college may also have additional requirements for online courses outside of the requirements that were adhered to during the development of this template - for more information, please speak to your program coordinator or department director.  

To utilize this template course to its full potential, you should customize all areas as you see fit, however, you may follow the checklist below to complete the general tasks that need to be accomplished before your course goes live:

Get the most recent version of this template from Canvas Commons with the latest fixes, updates and changes to administrative areas like the ‘University Policies’ section in the Syllabus. The latest version of this resource is called University of Utah DLX Gen3 Template.

Start by visiting the Modules feature in the left-hand menu of your Canvas course. Align each module with the objectives of your course, tailoring the layout to your planned lesson scaffolding. Remember, you should be adding most course content to the module overview pages; prepare to add lecture videos, readings, external resources, a to-do list, a submission list, and any other section desired in the module overview template as you see fit. Detailed instructions can be found in the Module Instructions page.

Pages like Home, Start Here, Contact Me, Tech Help, Course Resources, and the Syllabus should be tailored to reflect your teaching style and course requirements (external platforms, tools, textbooks, etc).

Module overview pages should be the main area to deliver instructional content and direction to students. Make sure to add any supplemental material like PDFs, external links, or lecture videos in an accessible format to the module overview pages. Ensure all Kaltura lecture videos (auto-generated captions are now enabled by default for all uploaded videos in the U’s My Media) and linked external videos have closed captions or transcripts available and uploaded/linked documents are accessible and ‘green’ in Ally.

Duplicate and modify assignments and quizzes in line with your course material. More on this can be found in the Assessment Instructions page - ensure you link assessments on their appropriate module overview page. By following the above assessment instructions, you can build multiple assessments directly in the Canvas Modules feature by duplicating the templates provided - ensuring your assessments are easily accessible to students and contain working navigation links for their respective module.

Announcements with direct course links to module overview pages, assignments, quizzes, or discussions, with the intent of reminding students to complete tasks at various points during the module (at the beginning of the module, in the middle of a module, or near the end for those who are destined to procrastinate) is a great way to enhance compliance for online students. Taking the time to duplicate and customize the provided announcement template for multiple pre-planned announcements throughout the semester can help provide additional structure to the online course environment where it is sometimes hard to create a similar structure of interaction and course updates found commonly in traditional in-person courses.

Included on many pages is the footer “Produced by University of Utah's Digital Learning” This link directs users to DLX's knowledge base for both students and instructors. If so desired, and for developments outside of Digital Learning, you may update footers where content is developed by departments or instructors. Please maintain at least basic course production attribution on pages with the footer already included to ensure students have access to Digital Learning’s knowledge base.
Please use the updated footer below for course developments outside of DLX:
Content by [Linked Department or Instructor's Name]
Produced by University of Utah's Digital Learning

The University of Utah is committed to ensuring that all students have equitable access to a quality education. Read more about the standards that instructors and colleges are required to uphold on the Course Accessibility page. Use the Accessibility Report by Ally to identify and fix accessibility issues in the course. While all University of Utah courses have access to Anthology Ally in Canvas, you may have to enable the Accessibility Report in the ‘Navigation’ tab of your course Settings.
We recommend you visit the Digital Learning Knowledge Base on Accessibility to learn how to create accessible course documents for online classes in Canvas.

Before making the course live, test all links, videos, and downloadable resources to ensure they work as expected. You can quickly check links by using the 'Validate Links in Content' feature in the Settings of your course.

Ensure that all modules, assignments, and resources are published and accessible to students.

You are done. Great job!

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