Folio Foundations Template
The Folio Foundations Template provides a structural foundation for online courses in Desire2Learn (D2L) consisting of editable Web-based pages as well as a set of course tools like discussion forums and assignment dropboxes.
The template is available to any faculty member at Georgia Southern University.
The structure of the template is based on best practices for online courses as outlined by the Quality Matters Rubric — a set of 8 general standards and 41 specific standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses.
Review and download the Quality Matters Rubric.
Installing the Template
To use the template, it is best to add it to a course before any course development begins to avoid losing the work. To obtain a copy, please contact the Center for Online Learning for assistance: 912-478-0049.
Template Sections and Pages
|There have been several versions of the Folio Foundations Course Template, but all versions are built around the following sections.
|Introduction: Use the introduction as an opportunity to catch the students’ attention. This is a “hook” to help them to prepare mentally for the upcoming instruction. This is a great opportunity to post a video as well.
|Task List: The task list is a checklist of activities that the students need to do. The list concisely and explicitly names the documents and tools (quizzes, discussions, assignments, etc.) that support the teaching and learning activities in each module.
|Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes define the kinds of knowledge and skills students will acquire, apply, and demonstrate within the scope of a course and it’s modules.
|Study Guide: The point of a study guide is to help focus students’ attention on what you consider important and what they need to do to successfully learn the content. Think of it as an explicit extension of your learning outcomes expectations.
|Lecture: Lecture pages can be used to deliver any content for your students to study, review, watch, etc. Types of lecture material could include: text, images, embedded video and/or audio presentations.
|Discussion Instructions: This page is used to outline discussion activity requirements for the module. Instructions could contain the following elements: instruction, grading criteria and due date
|Assignment Instructions: This page is used to outline assignment activity requirements for the module. Instructions could contain the following elements: instructions, grading criteria, due date and submission instructions
|Module feedback provides instructors with a means to reflect upon the voluntary input of students about the instruction in each module.