Visual design

  • 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

Instructional Design Standard

  • 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

  • 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

Text Content

  • 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)

Accessibility/Usability Standard

  • 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

File and Resource Management Standard

  • 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)

Sign off

  • Signature of QA

  • Lecturer signature

  • Enter date this report signed

Summary comments

  • Identify examples of demonstrated good practice, and provide suggestions for improvement.

Good practice examples

Improvement opportunities

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