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)

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Summary comments

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

Good practice examples

Improvement opportunities

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