Course uses Central style
Overall design of course is consistent with other courses in the same qualification/study area/portfolio. For example, banner graphic, menu item names, folder names, styles and colours are the same where possible.
All read-only documents for viewing via Bb (e.g. Learning plan, assessment guide, RPL processes) to be presented in Central-approved document templates and in PDF format
Blackboard course maintains the Central approved 'template' for visual design.
Colours are used appropriately and consistently and are employed so as to ensure adequate visibility and contrast.
(See also accessibility section)
Approx. 50% of any screen is white space
Background textures or patterns do not interfere with legibility. Page backgrounds must be white or an APPROVED background scheme supplied by e-learning helpdesk.
A maximum of two or three fonts is used throughout the course
Decorative fonts are only used for headings
Body text uses sans serif fonts (e.g. Arial, Helvetica, Verdana)
Text content is presented in short paragraphs
Body text is left justified
Emphasis (bold, italics) is used sparingly and to maximum effect
The course contains clear content descriptions that enable the learner to locate and understand the purpose of the content.
The course navigation is intuitive, consistent and does not confuse the learner.
There is a clear and contextual learning path through the resources.
Learners are provided with an explanation of how the content may relate to face-to-face delivery ( if appropriate)
Content is designed for screen reading and/or is available for downloading and printing by the learner.
(See also accessibility section)
No 'wall of text'.
ie Content reduced & chunked. Content organised with headings and lists. White space, graphics and video are used to effect.
Major headings are clear and descriptive.
A maximum of 5-7 bullet points per section (particularly in Powerpoint pages)
Clear submission instructions. Students are certain about the assessment how and when.
Assessment methods are appropriate, not relying solely on knowledge based quizzes and written submissions.
Students are given expected timeframe for providing feedback.
Assessments are submitted online where possible
Lecturer contact details are provided
if appropriate, adminstrative support contact details are provided.
The course uses an orientation process
Copyright compliance requirements are met with all licenses and attributions correctly placed.
A copyright register is maintained, copy sighted.
Images are all legally owned, or are used according to copyright law.
Files are compressed/optimised to minimise storage and bandwidth overheads
Video and animation are consistent in quality, size and type
Videos are planned and edited where necessary so that they are no more than two to five minutes in duration wherever possible.
Use of video is appropriate to the delivery
Video is stored and downloaded as appropriate.
YouTube videos are streamed, and captioned where possible.
Wherever possible, audio narration is included with digital resources (video, screen capture tutorials etc)
Narration is clear and concise.
Volume can be controlled by the user
Audio can be paused
Language used is clear and concise
Spelling and grammar are correct
Language is culturally neutral.
Tone is appropriate for the learners
Complex sentences are avoided
Text content has been reduced to allow for screen reading
Images are meaningful and have a purpose
Images are resized and compressed for web
Screen captures do not contain any personal information (e.g. the personal contents of the instructor's computer screen)
ALT tags are used on all graphics
Text is provided for all non-text elements (e.g. a transcript of video; long description of images)
Video files have associated script or dialogue or captions.
Colour is NOT used as sole method of conveying content
As far as possible, the Central-endorsed Content Management System is used for the storage of all learning resources.
All video content created by the practitioner is stored in a Central-endorsed system (e.g. Clickview or similar)
Identify examples of demonstrated good practice, and provide suggestions for improvement.