U3.3 - Presence of Course Progress Indicators
||On-line courses are almost never completed in one sitting. Thus, it is vital that learners know what materials they have accessed, completed and still need to complete every time they access the course. Many successful courses have some sort of progress icon that varies for different levels of completion which is displayed on every page to give the learners a constant cue as to their progress.
||The following must be included for this standard to be complete.
- Learners are given some indication of where they are in regards to completed and non-completed material when they log in.
- At the Unit level, the learner should be given an indication of their Progress within the Unit.
- At the screen level, learners should be told if theyve been there before or other relevant information to their progress.
- If an instructor has to use a system where some type of progress tracking simply isn't available, the course should at least have written directions and guidance to the learners on how to track themselves. For example, "As you go through this course, there is no automatic tracking of progress you've made. To keep track of your progress, it is best not to skip around but to progress through the material as it's presented. When you are done with a session, make note of where you are so that the next time you enter the system, you will know where to go to in order to continue.
A rating of 5 should be given only if all criteria are fully met, or if it is a small course designed to be completed at one sitting. A rating of 4 can be given if one criterion is found to be only partially met (e.g. a progress indicator immediately upon login isnt available). A rating of 3 should be given if more than one criterion is found to be partially met. If one of the criterion isn't fully met, a rating of 2 should be given. If more than one criterion isn't fully met, a rating of 1 should be given.
Learners should always be given some cues as to their overall course progress, especially in an environment where days may go by without course access. The evaluator should use some judgment on how well this standard is met, but should always consider how informed the learner is of his/her progress at any point within the course.
Quality Online Courses
U1 - Interface
U2 - Support
U3 - Navigation
U4 - Media
U5 - Communication
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