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EdX is committed to delivering the best courses from the top faculty and instructors at the most highly regarded universities, colleges and other institutions throughout the world. In order to ensure that we maintain the highest degree of course quality, edX has developed the following MOOC Development Checklist (“MDC”).

Course teams should use the MDC as a development tool for MOOC courses. EdX will use the MDC as the criteria for determining if a course is ready to be offered on the edx.org site.
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Step 1: Visit this link to access the edX MOOC Development Checklist (MDC): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddOh0_X6lk5l8CwUVhWWZrCiAMsydB87RAEBqXBNau_ZYuag/viewform

Step 2: Fill out the MDC with your team, and follow the submission guidelines if appropriate.

If you are unable submit or access the above linked MDC form, please contact your edX Project Coordinator.
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RequirementLink / AgreementComplete?Comments
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Course IntroductionTo be completed by partnerThis boxed section for edX use only
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Welcome message posted on the Home pageYes
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Learners new to edX are requested to view edX Demo101Yes
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Welcome message prompts the learner on how to get started with the course (e.g. "To get started, click on the "Course" tab at the top of the page.")Yes
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Explanation posted of how to get help with learner issues (e.g. "To get help with the course, click the Discussion tab and post a question. To get help with a technical problem, click Help to send a message to edX Student Support.")Yes
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Course Syllabus
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Course syllabus is included as a separate static page or a PDF in the "Course Handouts" sectionYes
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Prerequisites for the course are clearly statedYes
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Time commitment for the course is clearly statedYes
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All course deadlines and due dates, including time zone differences, are clearNot Applicable
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Grading policy including the grade needed to receive a certificate is clearly statedNot Applicable
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Learning objectives, goals, and outcome(s) are clearly statedYes
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Academic Policy for the course is clearly statedNot Applicable
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Guidelines provided for discussion forum etiquetteNot ApplicableIf you have a question for the instructor, please post your question in the Discussion Board and reference the Lecture Title and Part number.
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Expectations for frequency of learner forum participation in the course is clearNot ApplicableThis is not required for this course.
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Roles and expected level of involvement for Instructors/TAs is clear to studentsYesInstructors will answer Discussion Board questions on an as-needed basis.
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Schedule for releasing course content, and the expected frequency of course updates is clearNot ApplicableThis is a self-paced course. No updates are planned.
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Any unexpected changes to released content will be communicated clearly to students
[ ] I have done this.Yes
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Course Structure and Design
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Course design intersperses instructional content such as videos and text with exercisesYes
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Course has set a grading policy Not Applicable
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Course design is clear and consistent from week to weekYes
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Assessments
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Course includes gradable assignments, e.g., exercises/homework/quizzes and assigns a grade[ ] I have done this.Yes
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Questions and prompts in assignment problems are articulated clearly[ ] I have done this.Yes
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Deadline for assignments are clear[ ] I have done this.Not Applicable
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Verified upgrade deadline is before any assignment deadlines if there is differentiated content by cohort or content group.Not Applicable
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Course Videos
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Course includes original videos that are hosted in the edX video player[ ] I have done this.Yes
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Consistent and adequate video quality and audio levels[ ] I have done this.Yes
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Timed captions provided for all videos and audio content[ ] I have done this. Yes
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Other Instructional Material
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Any images used in the course are of consistent and adequate quality[ ] I have done this.Yes
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All content from third-party sources is integrated into the course material rather than linked to another site, if applicable [ ] I have done this.Not Applicable
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All content is freely available to learners (e.g. open source, in the public domain, or cleared or paid for by your organization), if applicable[ ] I have done this.Yes
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Paid content is not required to achieve learning goals and is clearly marked as paid content, if applicable[ ] I agree to do this. Yes
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Off-platform content is optional and it is clearly noted that the link will take learners to a site outside of the course and the edX platform, if applicable[ ] I agree to do this. Yes
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Learner Engagement
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A welcome email message will be sent to learners on the course start date[ ] I agree to do this. YesThis will be taken care of by the Highlights email sent by edx.
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Email messages will be sent to learners to communicate the release of new content, provide updates on course events, and so on at regular intervals throughout the course (once a week is recommended)[ ] I agree to do this. YesThis will be taken care of by the Highlights email sent by edx.
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A closing email message to learners with final course details will be sent near the end date of the course[ ] I agree to do this. YesThis will be taken care of by the Highlights email sent by edx.
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Learners are encouraged to use the discussion forum to introduce themselvesYes
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Certificate Preparation (courses ending after November 1, 2015)
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All certificate information is correct and has been uploaded in Studio [ ] I have done this.Yes
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Certificate templates have been reviewed by the course team and are approved to activate[ ] I have done this.YesPreview of certificate looks good
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Reruns, Reusability, and Licensing
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All IP issues are cleared for the course and clearly documented[ ] I have done this.Yes
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Accessibility
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All team members have reviewed the edX Website Accessibility Policy [1][ ] I have done this.Yes
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All team members have reviewed the Accessibility Best Practices Guidance for Content Providers [2]
[ ] I have done this.Yes
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Additional Requirements for Credit Eligible Courses (including MicroMasters programs)
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All credit eligibility requirements are clearly stated in syllabus and intro materialsNot Applicable
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Practice proctored exam is enabled in the courseNot Applicable
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Proctoring system requirements are clearly linked Not Applicable
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Help documentation and support instructions for proctored assessments, including instructions for accessibility requests, are clearly linkedNot Applicable
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In-course verification reminder is placed before the first proctored assessmentNot Applicable
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A contact has been identified for the purposes of reviewing a suspicious exam result if a student initiates an appeal of a grading decisionNot Applicable
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If learners will purchase credit directly through edx.org (currently not applicable for MicroMasters courses), all credit-required items have been indicated prior to course start and will show on the course Progress Page.Not Applicable
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Policy
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Grade needed for credit eligibility matches passing score for courseNot Applicable
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If the course is part of a program, requirements for passing the entire program are clearly stated in the courseNot Applicable
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If the course is part of a program, the complete number of program credits and individual course credits are clearly stated in the courseNot Applicable
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Academic Integrity Considerations
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Cohorts with differentiated assessments for Verified learners are being implemented[ ] I agree to do this. Not Applicable
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Test banks and randomized problem sets are in useNot Applicable
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