Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

Policies of Electronic Course Production

- 2020/08/23

Duration of Electronic Course Production: 65 business days

1. Intellectual Property of the Course:

The intellectual properties of the e-course, including the “educational objects and multimedia” after its development, belong to Umm Al-Qura University, represented by the Deanship of E-Learning and Distance Education, which has the right to use and disseminate it.

2. Course Development Requirements:

The academic staff member has to fill out the following forms before receiving the educational content, namely:

  • An acknowledgment of the college’s approval of the accuracy of the e-course in accordance with the rules and regulations of the college and university, and its approval to teach the course electronically after its development.
  • Content Preparation Acknowledgment Form.

After filling out all the needed forms and obtaining the necessary approvals, the following is required of the academic staff member:

In the first stage of the course development (analysis):

  1. Study plan
  2. The academic materials must be provided in the form of written digital texts.
  3. All course resources related to the study plan (including the necessary proposals of activities, enrichment materials, evaluations, and questions for the course) must be provided.

In the second stage of the course development (design and development):

  • The (storyboards) prepared by the development team at the deanship have to be reviewed within a maximum period of one working day for every 5 educational elements, taking into account the total number of elements after which the storyboards become binding on both parties.
  • Cooperating with the deanship's team (Digital Production Department) to record the audio and visuals for the developed course, to be recorded in the deanship's studios.

In the third stage of the course development (application and review):

  • The developed educational modules have to be reviewed within a maximum period of 5 working days for all educational modules, after which the modules are considered approved by the expert of the academic subject.

3. Specifications of the Developed Courses:

The developed courses and educational elements follow the latest technical standards that facilitate the ease of use and access for the learners and are in line with the latest international standards for quality online courses. They are also in compliance with the standards of the international organization Quality Matters and the applicable Blackboard standards for developing model electronic courses.

4. Course Development Criteria:

  • The content must conform to the Shari`ah principles approved for the educational content at the university.
  • The academic material must be addressed to male and female students, and this should be taken into account with regard to the examples and graphic design.
  • The Qur’anic texts must be in written in Al-Rasm Al-Uthmani (The Uthmani Orthography) and the Hadiths must be authentic and fully diacritical when there is a need to cite them in the material.
  • The design of the content must be in accordance with the standards of educational design and the nature of each course.
  • The content must be accurate and free of linguistic errors.
  • Specific and clear behavioral objectives must be assigned to each educational element:
    1. Appropriate verbs should be used for the respective behavioral objectives.
    2. The behavioral objectives must be observable, measurable, and assessable.
    3. Each objective must reflect one learning outcome.
    4. The meaning of the objectives must be clear and understandable, and their wording must not have multiple interpretations.
  • Each educational element must include interactive activities.
    1. The activities should be appropriate to the nature of the e-course.
    2. A button should be added to display correct answers of the activity.
    3. Activities must not direct the learner towards the correct answer.
  • Each educational element must contain assessment methods and self-testing questions.
    1. Questions must measure all the educational objectives of the element.
    2. Each educational objective should be measured using at least one question.
    3. The questions must include feedback.
    4. The wording of the questions must not suggest the correct answer.
  • The educational elements must contain a special alphabetical dictionary.
    1. The dictionary must include only the terminology for the educational element.
    2. Each dictionary must cover all the letters of the alphabet.
    3. All dictionaries that do not contain terminology from the content must be closed.
  • Each educational element must have a summary.
    1. The summary must not contain any explanation.
  • The multimedia used must add value to the content of the educational element.
    1. The multimedia used must be carefully chosen to help achieve the objectives of the content of the educational element.
    2. The multimedia used must state the topic of the educational content.
    3. The images and static graphics must be used functionally when needed for educational purposes.
    4. The learning strategies and activities must be appropriate to the level of course interactivity.
    5. The logical organization and sequence must be taken into account when displaying the course content.
  • The interface of the elements must be clear and consistent.
    1. The content must be free of duplication errors.
    2. The buttons on the interface must work properly.
    3. The timeline must be suitable.
    4. The font used in the interface menu must be clear and legible.
    5. The interface must include the deanship and university logos.
    6. The operating instructions must be included in all display interfaces.
  • High-quality images and static graphics must be used.
    1. High definition resolution is required.
    2. Colors in the images and graphics must be consistent and realistic.
    3. Clear readable texts must be used with all images and static graphics.
    4. Consistency and balance must be observed with regard to the images, graphics, and texts being used.
    5. White spaces must be avoided.
    6. The intellectual property of all images must be preserved.
    7. The size of the images and static graphics must be small and must not hinder the e-course download.
  • Each educational element must contain a clear audio.
    1. The voice artist must articulate the letters correctly and have a clear and audible voice.
    2. The voice must be clear and free of background noise.
    3. The learner must be able to control the audio clip and play it back when needed.