November 1, 2018

Online Course Readiness

Is Your Online Course Ready to Go?

There are 3 main areas of Online Course Readiness as seen below:

Syllabus Syllabus is fully complete with detailed information about course schedule, assignment & grading, course materials, technology requirements, course & university policies.
Course Navigation & Presentation The course structure and tools are completely set up in Blackboard. All course content is posted and ready.
Accessibility The course is fully accessible. The course employs accessible materials (e.g., documents, images, and videos) and a variety of instructional methods (i.e., to address different learning styles).


The Online Course Readiness Checklist represents an inventory of important elements of an online course, based on national standards of best practice and instructional design principles.

As an instructor, you have the flexibility of where & how to include these items within your online course.


Stearns Center for Teaching & Learning

Looking for feedback about your online course?
The Stearns Center can provide faculty members with feedback on the quality, design, and delivery of their online courses.

Please contact:
stearns@gmu.edu (email)
(703) 993-6200 (phone)

Assistive Technology Initiative

ATI helps faculty address course accessibility need pertaining to Universal Design, Section 508 Compliance, web accessibility, and the use of assistive technology. ATI provides free video captioning and audio/video description support to Mason faculty.

Please contact:
ATI@gmu.edu (email)
(703) 993-4329 (phone)