Generic Course Procedures and Content

A. Welcome

Information that should be included on the Welcome Page:

  • Course Title
    Include the course title as it appears in the Westchester Community College Course Catalog and Schedule of Instruction. (e.g. “CHEM162 Topics in Science”)
  • Current Semester
    Remember to update the semester listed to reflect the semester currently in progress or the upcoming semester before registration begins.
  • Instructor
    Include the instructor’s name and contact information.
  • Required Textbook(s)
    Include detailed information about required textbook(s) for the course, including authors, titles, editions, ISBN numbers, year, any information regarding texts/software packaged together, etc… Students should also be directed to the Westchester Community College Bookstore and can be linked to to purchase books online through E-Follet.
  • Recommended Textbook(s)
    Include the same information as above for recommended textbooks that students are not required to have.
  • Required Software
    Include detailed information regarding software required for the course. If this software includes free browser plug-ins (e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader, media players, Java plug-ins, etc…), links to websites where the plug-ins can be downloaded should be included. If publisher software is to be purchased, include the same kind of information and in the same detail as above for Required Textbook(s). Also include any information about required operating systems (e.g. Windows XP, 98, etc…) and any necessary word processing or productivity software required (e.g. MS Word, Excel, etc…).
  • Required Access Code
    If you are using a Blackboard e-pack provided by a publisher, include information about necessary access codes, including how to obtain them (a simple “yes” is not enough).
  • On-campus requirements
    Give specific details about any requirements that the students appear in-person on campus for exams or other proctored course content. Be sure to give dates, times, schedule options, and information about obtaining remote proctoring services for out-of-the-area students.
  • Additional Information
    Include any additional information you feel is important for students to make a decision to enroll in your online course. This may include a brief description of the course content, a note on expected outcomes for the class, description of the type and amount of work expected from students, or any other information that will help students make an informed decision.

C. Policy Statements

  • Attendance
  • Plagiarism
  • Copyright
  • Netiquette
  • Privacy
  • Student Responsibilities, e.g.,
    • completion of mandatory orientation
    • setup and test any off-campus computers that will be used to access online courses
    • access course frequently; read directions carefully; submit assignments/complete activities in a timely manner
    • adhere to posted due dates

D. Course Contents

  • Course Policies
  • Instructor Contact Information
  • On-campus requirements: midterm and/or final exams. If applicable, students should be aware of alternate proctoring services available and the lead time needed to arrange for them.
  • Response time to emails and other student-initiated contacts
  • Course Syllabus and Evaluation
  • Semester Calendar of events during the course
  • Course outline, content, assignments, and activities
  • Expectations (from the instructor’s and students’ perspectives)
  • Items included automatically in classes:
  • Library Resources
  • Academic Support Resources including disability services
  • College Academic Polices
  • Technical Support — instructors for content, Online Education office for technical