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Academic Program Manager Master Course Training

Ruth Coleman
EDU23
Dr. Linda Kaiser

The Academic Program Manager (APM) Master Course Training will be developed in Blackboard. The template that is provided
by XYZ University will be used to be consistent with the template APMs use. The template is laid out with the Navigation Bar on the
left side of the screen. The background color is Dark Weak Cyan #33666 with White font color, #FFFFFF. Each Unit/Content item
background color is White #FFFFFF and the Font color is Black #000000. The font for all areas of the template is Times New Roman,
12 per guidelines and to maintain consistency.
Navigation:

Documentation:
The following documents will be created:
Unit 1:

XYZ Universal Design Strategy

Unit 2:

Checklist for ADA Compliance in Online Courses (Appendix A) the sections that will be covered are:
o Links
o Text
o Images
o Audio
o Video

Unit 3:

Instructions to upload items to Content Collection

Unit 4:

Master Course Maintenance Document (Appendix B) Quick Glance on key items to watch for.
Tutorial Documents will be created for:
o Creating Unit Content Items
o How to Insert an Image Using Text Editor
o Using Mashups

Unit 5:

Unit 6:

Instruction will be created for the following:


o Column Organization
o Assign Categories
o Create and format weighted grade column

Tutorial documents will be created for:

APM PreMod Course Checklist Appendix C


Course Link Checker Internal - The Check Course Links allows APMs to check the links to Content Collection items that are in
a course. Links to items make be broken because the path to the item no longer exists.
EZProxy Tutorial - document will demonstrate how to: modify existing EBSCOhost library resources within master courses to
incorporate the EZproxy prefix (video included) and modify library permalinks when adding new library resources.

Links

Text

Checklist for ADA Compliance in Online Courses Appendix A


a. Provides wordings for the link. Avoids using "click here" for the links
b. Uses text descriptions for the links.
a. Uses Arial, 12 for easy readability.
b. Uses black text on a white background.
c. No bright colors as text or background colors.
d. Uses one font throughout the site.
e. Avoids overuse of all CAPS, bold, or italics.
f. Avoids underlining words, as the screen readers can mistake it for a navigation link.
a. Images are clear.
b. Image files are optimized for efficient loading.

Images

c. Does not use animated or blinking images, text, or cursors. These can cause seizures
for some people.
d. All images have alt texts/long descriptions attached to them.
a. Audio quality is clear.
b. Audio file length is adequate to meet the goals of the activity without being too large
to restrict users' ability to download the file on computers with lower bandwidths.

Audio

c. A written transcript is provided with all audio files.


d. Audio file length is adequate to meet the goals of the activity without adding
unnecessary information.
e. Audio player required is compatible with multiple operating systems and requires only
a standard, free plug-in.
a. Video quality is clear.
b. Video file length is adequate to meet the goals of the activity without being too large
to restrict users' ability to download the file on computers with lower bandwidth.

Video

c. Provides closed-captioning or has accompanying text-based scripts for all videos.


d. Video file lengths are adequate to meet the goals of the activity without adding
unnecessary information.
e. Video player required is compatible with multiple operating systems and requires only
a standard, free plug-in.

Yes

No

N/A

Appendix B

Academic Program Manager

Pre-Mod Course Checklist


Appendix C

Units:
1. Confirm that all external links including web links, presentations, videos, etc. work and open in new
windows.
2. Confirm that all internal file links open correctly.
3. Relink any links not working.

Discussions:
1. Confirm that all external links work.
2. Confirm that all internal file links open correctly.
3. Relink any links not working.

Grade Center:
1. Full Grade Center > Manage > Column Organization
a. Review categories.
b. Review points possible.
c. Move columns as necessary to ensure the correct order.
2. Update individual columns as necessary regarding category and points possible.
3. Edit Weighted Total Column information.
a. Confirm the total is 100%.
b. Confirm individual percentages match the syllabus.
c. Update accordingly.

Users:
1.
2.
3.
4.

Extraneous TAs removed.


New TAs added as needed.
TAs correctly identified to roll out into sections.
Submit a Helpbox ticket if any of the above changes are needed.

Note for Day Courses:


Even though day courses may not have the same content as the online equivalent, please check the content in a
similar manner. If you have not identified Master Course content for the day course, please submit a Helpbox ticket
with the necessary information.

Unit 1 Quiz
Enter the type of assessment
question: MC for Multiple
Choice; TF for True/False
TF
TF
TF
TF
TF
TF
TF
TF

type the question or true/false statement


Too much information does not overload the
brain.
It is important to maintain font style consistency
throughout the course
Content chunking breaks up content into smaller
pieces
Photos do not need to be relevant to the unit
Images help students visualize and retain the
ideas being presented.
A lot of different color fonts is distracting for
students.
An image does not need to be from an authorized
source.
Design content first, then assessments.

enter
answer
choice #1

enter
answer
choice #2

Myth

Fact

Myth

Fact

Myth
Myth

Fact
Fact

Myth

Fact

Myth

Fact

Myth
Myth

Fact
Fact

Unit 6 Quiz
Enter the type of assessment
question: MC for Multiple Choice;
TF for True/False
TF
TF
TF

type the question or true/false


statement
Master courses are prepared for term
release by APMS.
Links in master courses should open in a
new window.
Links do not need to be checked in the
disussion boards.

enter
answer
choice #1

enter
answer
choice #2

TRUE

FALSE

TRUE

FALSE

TRUE

FALSE

TF
TF
TF
TF

TF
TF
TF

EZProxy will provide access to


EBSCOhost materials without a library
bar code.
The link check utility will not check
links to the content collection.
Master courses do not have to be
checked prior to term release.
The grade center must be reviewed prior
to term release.
A helpbox ticket needs to be filed if a
TA needs to be enrolled in a master
course.
Broken links need to be fixed prior to
term release.
The weighted total column in the grade
center should equal 200%.

TRUE

FALSE

TRUE

FALSE

TRUE

FALSE

TRUE

FALSE

TRUE

FALSE

TRUE

FALSE

TRUE

FALSE