Course Checklist

DIYversity Course Checklist

DIYversity wants you to have the best online course so we created a checklist that will guide you along the way. For this reason we provide you with this detailed Course Checklist to guild you through building your course and provide the best user experience for your students.Not only will these guidelines help you create an amazing online course, but they provide you with the exact standards needed to be met in order to be a part of the DIYversity marketplace. Every course published on DIYversity is reviewed and approved based on these standards. So, read through the items below and become familiar with our product requirements and best practices / standards for online teaching and learning at DIYversity. (Note: any content deemed inappropriate will be removed from DIYversity and any course that doesn’t meet our recommended quality standards may not get listed in the DIYversity marketplace.)

The Course Checklist Items below correspond to the sections found on the course management page or Profile.

BASICS
# ITEM PRODUCT REQUIREMENT BEST PRACTICE / STANDARD YES
NO
1a Title Max. 60 characters. · Title is concise, reads well, and accurately represents the course. YES NO
1b · Title does not use any excessive capitalization or special characters
(e.g. !, /, *, $, #).
YES NO
1c · Title sets a reasonable expectation for the course. YES NO
2a Subtitle Max. 120 characters. · Subtitle reinforces the title with more detail and is not redundant. YES NO
2b · Subtitle describes a course so students know what will be learned. YES NO
3 Keywords At least 1 keyword. · Keywords match the topics covered in the course. YES NO
4 Category A category is selected. · Category is appropriate for the course topic. YES NO
5 Locale/ Language A locale/ language is selected. · Locale / language matches the main language used to teach the course. YES NO
DETAILS YES NO
# ITEM PRODUCT REQUIREMENT
BEST PRACTICE / STANDARD YES NO
6 Course Summary At least 50 words. · Summary gives a detailed course overview, including but not limited to: 1) what the course is about / key learning objectives, 2) how the course is taught, 3) how a student will learn, 4) description of course materials, 5) length of time it will take to complete the course, 6) explanation of why someone would benefit from the course, and 7) clarifies the level of instructor involvement/availability. YES NO
7a Course Goal and Objectives
At least 1 line item. · Course goal explains, “By the end of the course, you will be able to do X.” YES NO
7b · Course objectives explain, “In this course, you will learn X, Y, Z.” YES NO
8 Intended Audience
At least 1 line item. · Audience defines who the course is for based on level of knowledge, experience or ability. YES NO
9a Course Requirements At least 1 line item. · Requirements include necessary materials to complete the course (i.e. software, specific versions of applications, equipment). YES NO
9b · Lists any prerequisite knowledge. YES NO
10 Instructional Level A level is selected. · Level accurately specifies whether the course is introductory, intermediate, or advanced, or covers all levels of instruction. YES NO
IMAGE YES NO
# ITEM PRODUCT REQUIREMENT
BEST PRACTICE / STANDARD YES NO
11a Course Image File type is .jpg, .gif, or .png. · Course Image is clear, non-pixelated, and appropriate. YES NO
11b · Image is 16:9 ratio (widescreen) with dimensions of Min. 480×270 to Rec. 960×540. YES NO
11c · Course Image does not include: any kind of banner, label such as “free” or “discounted,” social media handle, URL, product image (real or otherwise), currency, or action icon like a play button. YES NO
11d · Course Image meets DIYversity’s design standards. NOTE: DIYversity reserves the right to improve or create a custom image for any course. YES NO
PRIVACY YES NO
# ITEM PRODUCT REQUIREMENT BEST PRACTICE / STANDARD YES NO
12 Privacy Public or Private is selected. · Public or Private is appropriately selected. Public courses are available for anyone to take on DIYversity. Private courses are for exclusive or select group of students. YES NO
PRICE & PROMOTION YES NO
# ITEM PRODUCT REQUIREMENT BEST PRACTICE / STANDARD YES NO
13 Price (Paid course only) Price is set. · Course is priced appropriately for the course topic and instructor. NOTE: A typical course is priced between $19-$199. YES NO
CURRICULUM YES NO
# ITEM PRODUCT REQUIREMENT BEST PRACTICE / STANDARD YES NO
14a Section Minimum 1 Section. · Course is organized into logical sections. YES NO
14b · In each section, lectures are sequential, logical, and consistent. YES NO
15 Section Title Max. 80 characters. · Title is short and details what is covered in the section. YES NO
16 Lecture Title Max. 80 characters. · Title is short and details what is covered in the lecture. YES NO
17 Lecture Description
Max. 2000 characters. · Describes and reinforces the key learning points covered in the lecture. YES NO
18a Lectures Completed
Minimum 5 lectures complete with title, description, and content asset. · Course has a minimum of 5 complete lectures with title, description, and asset. YES NO
18b · A lecture has a beginning, middle, and end (i.e. We will discuss X, discuss X, then summarize X). YES NO
18c · A lecture is a standalone lesson to cover X,Y,Z objectives (unless clearly stated as Part 1, 2, or 3 of a whole.) YES NO
18d · Lectures are on average 2-15 minutes in length, or appropriately long based on the instructional content. YES NO
18e · Lectures are sequential, logical, and educative. YES NO
18f · Lectures include any necessary supplementary materials (readings, Zip files, resources) that reinforce learning. YES NO
19a Course Completed (Course has all required elements.) · Course has a minimum of 30 minutes of content. YES NO
19b · Course has a minimum of 60% “Video Lecture” content (includes screencast and Mashup). YES NO
19c · Course has a mix of different content types (Video, Audio, Presentation, Document, Text, Mashup) as appropriate to subject being taught. YES NO
19d · Course materials are clear, easy to follow, and of high quality. YES NO
19e · Course has a clear, organized structure that takes a student through sequential learning steps. YES NO
19f · Course must have at least 90% completed or published lectures. YES NO
19g · Course has an introductory and concluding Lecture. YES NO
19h · Course (paid course only) is not entirely composed of material that can be found elsewhere on the internet for free, unless owned by the instructor. YES NO
19i · Course is not comprised of repurposed material from another DIYversity course. YES NO
MY PROFILE YES NO
# ITEM PRODUCT REQUIREMENT BEST PRACTICE / STANDARD YES NO
20a Profile Photo File type is .jpg, .gif, or .png. · Profile image is clear, not pixelated, and appropriate. YES NO
20b · Image dimensions are Min. 200×200 to Rec. 400×400. YES NO
21 Profile Bio Max. 2000 characters. · Bio explains instructor’s experience and expertise. YES NO
OVERALL YES NO
# ITEM PRODUCT REQUIREMENT BEST PRACTICE / STANDARD YES NO
22a Video Quality 1 GiB file size limit (Max. 3 GiB using DIYversity File Uploader); video format (.mp4, .mov, .flv) · Video is clear, high definition, and non-pixelated. 720p or HD. YES NO
22b · Widescreen 16:9 ratio preferred but 4:3 accepted. YES NO
22c · Videos are uploaded directly to DIYversity for optimal platform functionality and performance. YES NO
23a Video Audio N/A · Video has high quality audio that is clear, audible, and intelligible. YES NO
23b · Audio matches video picture. YES NO
24a Video Lighting N/A · Lighting is adequate so all video objects can be clearly seen. YES NO
24b · Lighting enhances the main object of focus. YES NO
25a Video Objects N/A · All objects in video (including presentation slides) are framed appropriately, and are clear, identifiable, and legible. YES NO
25b · Any video object, such as a presentation slide deck or helpful graphic, is included as a lecture’s supplementary material. YES NO
26a Video Background N/A · Background in video is clean and applicable to the course. YES NO
26b · Background is not distracting. YES NO
27 Audio Lecture Quality N/A · Audio is clear, audible, and intelligible. YES NO
28 Presentation Lecture N/A · Slides are clear and legible. YES NO
29 Document Lecture N/A · Documents are clear and legible. YES NO
30a Text Lecture N/A · Text lectures are clear and legible. YES NO
30b · Text is a combination of text and visuals. YES NO
31 Visuals N/A · Visuals and graphics used in a course are relevant and provide further explanation to help learner interpret information (i.e. not simply decorative). YES NO
32 Lecture Thumbnails N/A · Lecture thumbnails are appropriate. YES NO
33a Instruction N/A · Instruction is clear, engaging, and easy to follow. YES NO
33b · Instruction includes examples to demonstrate concepts. YES NO
33c · Instruction not only delivers information but helps students apply their learning through actionable items. YES NO
33d · Instruction is authored and delivered by the instructor(s) of the course. NOTE: DIYversity reserves the right to remove any course that has misrepresented materials. YES NO
33e · Instruction is designed for online learning. YES NO
33f · Instruction is suited for the DIYversity platform. YES NO
34a Activities or Exercises N/A · Course includes activities or assessments to reinforce learning (e.g. questions, projects, exercises, “Quiz”). YES NO
34b · Activities are set in a real-world context to help learners transfer knowledge and apply learning. YES NO
35a Instructor Engagement N/A · Instructor is available and accessible,
and
states level of engagement so students know if the teacher is available for Questions, Messages, 1-on-1 guidance or feedback.
YES NO
35b · Instructor sets clear expectations to students regarding his/her participation time (i.e. responds daily, reviews Questions once a week, sends course Announcements monthly with course updates or content related-info). YES NO
35c · Instructor encourages peer-to-peer learning by prompting student introductions and discussion in the Questions area. YES NO
35d · Instructor uses Course Announcements and Messaging to engage with students or to promote DIYversity content. NOTE: DIYversity reserves the right to suspend any account for offensive or spammy use of communication tools. YES NO
36 Promo Video N/A · Promo Video introduces instructor, instructor’s qualifications, the goal the course, how the course will be taught, and who will benefit by taking the course. YES NO
37a Supplementary Materials N/A · Add useful supplementary material (i.e. presentation slides, readings, Zip file, resources) to a lecture. YES NO
37b · All supplementary materials should be clear and legible. YES NO
38 Accessibility N/A · Video, audio, and visuals provide equivalent text alternative. YES NO
39 Downloadable Files N/A · Give access to any course content for offline access. YES NO
40 “Free” Preview Lectures N/A · Paid course has “free” lectures to preview instruction found in course. YES NO