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Center for Professional and Continuing Education
800.959.5376 or 209.946.2424
Office Location: 1776 W. March Lane Ste. 290, Stockton, CA 95207
Mailing Address: 3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95211
cpce@pacific.edu

Suggested Tools for Basic Sakai Course

The current course review for online certificate programs in the CPCE and the faculty development courses uses the following guidelines:

  • Home: a welcome message on the landing page with information about the course.
  • Announcements: A message clearly indicating where students need to go to start the course
  • Syllabus: A syllabus that contains learning outcomes, course overview, policy information, clear grading criteria, and calendar.
  • Lessons: There is a clear narrative or path for the student to follow in the course. This can be through the Lessons tool, a very detailed syllabus, or some other mechanism like announcements or a blog, for example.
  • Alignment: The syllabus is aligned to the tools and assignments in the LMS
  • Resources: Necessary resources for the course are available. 
  • Links: Links within the course site are active and not broken
  • Interactions: There are clear mechanisms for interaction between Instructor-Student and Student-Student through one or more of the following: Forums, wikis, Blogs, Elliuminate.
  • Assignments and Assessments: Assignments are set up with correct dates and are aligned with the syllabus
  • Test & Quizzes: Tests and quizzes are set up with correct dates and are aligned with the syllabus
  • Grade book: Grade book is aligned with syllabus


These guidelines are specific to a program taught on only the Sakai platform. It is recommended that course quality guidelines be created that are expansive enough to take into account a variety of delivery (or future) platforms while focusing on core student experiences and provides for both synchronous and asynchronous communication.
For a broader (and perhaps more useful) quality assessment tool, SUNY Empire State College developed a tool under creative commons that looks at each course through three basic categories: Learner support and resources, organization and presentation, and instructional design and delivery.

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