Syllabus: Additional Items for online / hybrid courses

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Whether your syllabus is more of a contract or more of a learning tool, there are a number of additional items to think about when teaching flipped, online, or hybrid.  Many of these are also useful in a traditional F2F class.

  Pedagogy Implementation
1

What hardware do students need?  Laptop? Will an iPad be enough? VR Goggles / Google Cardboard?*

While most students come to college with a laptop, more are coming with iPads and/or chromebooks.  Students should use the Chrome browser, not the Moodle app.

2

What software do students need?  MS-Office? SPSS? Video Editing? Any smartphone apps?*

In General, Google’s G Suite for Education is adequate for most assignments.  If there are particular features you need, and you’re not sure if Google supports these, consult the EdTech Center.

3

Be sure the above technologies are readily obtainable and use current versions.*

Include specific links to any downloadable technologies, including the specific version number and cost.  Ask IT Services if the College supports them or has discount licensing agreements.

4

Provide links to all external tools required for the course.*

If you’re not sure how to get a link to a web page, consult the EdTech Center, Tech Bar, or Service Desk.

5

What wetware (i.e., prerequisite computer skills) do students need? MS-Word?  SPSS? Video Editing?*

The College now supports Hoonuit online learning modules, or pathways, which cover many computer and document skills.  Consider providing the link directly to required learning tracks.

6

Prerequisite knowledge in the discipline and/or any required competencies are clearly stated.*

Be sure to include required prerequisites for your class, and citation styles you will be requiring.

7

How should students contact tech support?*

SMC’s Tech Support is (925) 631-4266, servicedesk@stmarys-ca.edu, and physically located in 111 Galileo Hall.

8

Links to tutorials and/or tip sheets.

Point out the Student Quickstart Guides link on the Moodle Home page, and the ITS Self-service Portal.

9

Links to other College resources, e.g., discipline pages on the library website.

Tell students the library Subject Specialist for your discipline.

10

Introduce to the purpose and structure of the course site.* For example, will assignments be handed in on paper, or uploaded digitally to the course site?*

For digital assignments, use the Assignment activity.

11

Course and/or institutional policies with which the learner is expected to comply are clearly stated, or a link to current policies is provided.*

Link to the Undergraduate Student Handbook or the Graduate Student Handbook, as appropriate.

12

Clear statement of online etiquette expectations, commonly called “Netiquette.”*

ASU’s Netiquette guide is a good starting point.

13

Provide Information about the accessibility of all technologies required in the course.*

Student Disability Services is a good place to start.

14

The syllabus should be accessible to students with disabilities.

Best practice is to use a Moodle Page resource.

15

Cell phone & laptop policy in F2F classes.

Are students allowed to use laptops or cell phones during F2F class time?  If so, are there any restrictions?

16 Remind students not to videoconference while driving. Don't laugh, it's happened.