Distance Education

Preparing course materials

When preparing course materials for your students or providing guidelines for student work, consider the following suggestions and best practices.


One of the great things about using the OpenLab is that it’s easy to share work, such as writing, images, video, and sound. This means that it’s also important to understand how to respect copyright guidelines, give appropriate credit to the work and ideas of others, and to understand how others might use your work.


Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, it means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Implementing accessible design standards will often improve the experience of everyone using your site.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) are cost-free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes. Consider using OER in your OpenLab Course.

Working with files

If you use large files for presentation or your students produce large files for graded assignments, consider hosting or collecting those files using Dropbox, Office 365 or other hosting service provided by the college. It’s easy to link to Google Slides, Slideshare, or YouTube on your OpenLab Course.