Sage Online Criteria for Evaluating Hybrid and Online Courses

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As described in the Sage Distance Learning Policies and Procedures, Sage Online approves hybrid and online courses, including proposed courses and courses that are being moved from onsite to online delivery, in whole or in part.

The criteria established for review of online content include:

  1. A variety of instructional media are used to deliver course content;
  2. Student engagement in the course occurs in a variety of ways;
  3. Students document their mastery of course content using different tools, applications and modalities;
  4. Course expectations are clear, including use of technology, specific applications and tools required;
  5. Identification of faculty availability online and response tools to be employed are explicit in the course syllabus.

Moodle is the official online course management system of the Sage Colleges. All faculty teaching courses that rely on reduced class time with hybrid or fully online delivery of course components are expected to have the skills necessary to set up a course, establish learning modules, communicate with students via the news forum and email from within the course, establish a forum for general student queries, use assignments, instructional forums, quizzes, questionnaires, wikis, the journal and the gradebook. Faculty are also expected to employ screencasts, podcasts and vodcasts appropriate to course material, and to make these presentations accessible to students with disabilities. Each syllabus should include a link to the Office of Disability Services.

Variety of instructional methods and the different ways in which students are engaged and show their mastery of course content will vary depending on the type of course being taught. The number of digital tools and strategies employed will also relate to the amount of the course that is delivered online. Fully online courses will typically offer more variety in all categories than courses delivered in a hybrid format, but some variety of methodology, student engagement and the ways in which they will demonstrate mastery of course content will be included in each course, as will a statement of clear course expectations and faculty availability.

Instructional methods, Tools, Strategies, Applications Course Proposed

Use this chart to consider the variety of instructional methods employed in any particular course proposal. Highlight each of the tools deployed in the course in question. Each strategy highlighted should be identifiable in the syllabus. Other technological tools may certainly be added. Submit the completed form to Sage Online at

Course functions Moodle tools Other tools
Instructor communicates with students News forum, individual/class/group email, return graded papers, submit grades and comments MySage email, Skype
Students communicate with instructor General forum, email MySage email, Skype, iChat, GoogleTalk
Students communicate with each other Forums, wikis, blogs, email, etherpad  VoiceThread, Skype, iChat, GoogleTalk, Evernote, diigo, screen share, GoogleDocs
Instructor presents information Files, folders, labels, content block presentation, units, forums, SageTube  PPt, Screencasts, Vodcasts, Podcasts, Sketchcast, Animoto, Dippity, diigo, screen share
Instructor provides resources Files, folders, labels, embedded resources, hyperlinks Websites, Library search indexes and resources, persistent links, Google Scholar, diigo, Dippity, Publisher-provided textbook exercises
Students demonstrate their knowledge Quizzes, questionnaires, assignments, journals, blogs, etherpad PPt, Screencasts, Podcasts, Vodcasts, Xtranormal, Dippity, Animoto,, Mahara
Instructor plans student participation Forums, wikis, journals, blogs, quizzes, group work VoiceThread, Skype, Mahara
Instructor evaluates student performance Assignments, forums, wikis, journals, blogs, quizzes, questionnaires PPt, Screencasts, Podcasts, Vodcasts, VoiceThread, Skype, Dippity, CC survey tools, Zoomerang, Survey Monkey,, Mahara
Instructor seeks anonymous feedback regarding course (recommended, not required) Questionnaire CC Student Opinion Survey, Zoomerang, Survey Monkey, CC Survey


Approved by CAIT, April 18,  2013