MOOC Development Checklist - 3.0
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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: Make a copy of the MOOC Development Checklist (File > Make a copy)

Step 2: As indicated in the "Link / Agreement" column, insert a link to the location in your course that completes the corresponding requirement or mark [ ] stating your completion/intent to complete the corresponding requirement.

Step 3: Send your completed MDC review to checklist@edx.org and your edX Project Coordinator. Course teams that undergo an MDC Review must submit this form 10 business days prior to the launch of their course.
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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 page
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Learners new to edX are requested to view edX Demo101
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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.")
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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.")
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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" section
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Prerequisites for the course are clearly stated
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Time commitment for the course is clearly stated
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All course deadlines and due dates, including time zone differences, are clear
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Grading policy including the grade needed to receive a certificate is clearly stated
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Learning objectives, goals, and outcome(s) are clearly stated
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Academic Policy for the course is clearly stated
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Guidelines provided for discussion forum etiquette
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Expectations for frequency of learner forum participation in the course is clear
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Roles and expected level of involvement for Instructors/TAs is clear to students
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Schedule for releasing course content, and the expected frequency of course updates is clear
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Any unexpected changes to released content will be communicated clearly to students [ ] I have done this.
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Course Structure and Design
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Course design intersperses instructional content such as videos and text with exercises[ ] I have done this.
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Course has set a grading policy
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Course design is clear and consistent from week to week[ ] I have done this.
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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.
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Questions and prompts in assignment problems are articulated clearly[ ] I have done this.
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Deadline for assignments are clear[ ] I have done this.
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Verified upgrade deadline is before any assignment deadlines if there is differentiated content by cohort or content group.
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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.
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Consistent and adequate video quality and audio levels[ ] I have done this.
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Timed captions provided for all videos and audio content[ ] I have done this.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Learners are encouraged to use the discussion forum to introduce themselves
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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.
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Certificate templates have been reviewed by the course team and are approved to activate[ ] I have done this.
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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.
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Accessibility
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All team members have reviewed the edX Website Accessibility Policy [1][ ] I have done this.
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All team members have reviewed the Accessibility Best Practices Guidance for Content Providers [2]
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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 materials
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Practice proctored exam is enabled in the course
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Proctoring system requirements are clearly linked
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Help documentation and support instructions for proctored assessments, including instructions for accessibility requests, are clearly linked
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In-course verification reminder is placed before the first proctored assessment
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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 decision
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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.
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Policy
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Grade needed for credit eligibility matches passing score for course
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If the course is part of a program, requirements for passing the entire program are clearly stated in the course
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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 course
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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.
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Test banks and randomized problem sets are in use
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