WebCOT Updates: Live on April 15th

We have made some improvements to the Course Outline Tool (WebCOT) for this spring 2020 as part of our commitment to continuous improvement in quality assurance.

We reviewed feedback from faculty and other stakeholders and worked to explain instructions and resources to allow usability to be increased and to better support faculty in developing course outlines.

These are the changes in the outline tool:

  1. Updated Instructions – Instructions, tip sheets and videos to assist the faculty in completing the sections will be revised by April 17, 2020.
  2. Added the drop-down menu ‘Evaluation Categories’ in the Evaluation section – These selections then appear in the Learning Plan as pop-up check boxes. This provides students with consistency of evaluation criteria, clear language, an equivalence structure and increased successful curriculum mapping.
  3. The course outline lists relevant Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) to which the course contributes – Included in the course outline, lists the PLO’s under the course information to which the course contributes were defined during the revised CPR curriculum of the program. This addresses College Quality Assurance Audit Process (CQAAP) commitment.
  4. Pre-populated Ontario Qualifications Framework (OQF) table for degree course outlines – Read-only data for OQF table for degree course outlines. This complies with the approval of the Ministry.

Commonly asked question:

One of the common questions we’ve seen is around the interaction of Section VII and Section XII. If you do not complete the Evaluation Column of Section VII, nothing will appear when you attempt to update the Evaluation field in Section XII. This new video provides step-by-step instructions on how to complete Section VII:

The new interaction of Section VII and the Section XII is also accompanied by warning messages when the learning plan is reviewed, or the outline submitted for review. Each empty Evaluation field in Section XII is flagged as a warning, the wording of which implies it must have information. However, the outline will successfully submit for review when the warning is ignored.

For more WebCOT resources please visit: https://durhamcollege.ca/cafe/educational-tech/course-outlines/