What are standards?
Standards are a certain way of creating and saving files that enable compatibility between different programs created by different developers.
Why follow standards when using instructional tools?
So students can see your online content! Our students come to class with a variety of operating systems, software installations, devices and internet connection speeds. If standards are not followed, hardware and software incompatibilities can keep students from being able to open or view their coursework. Following standards will also cut down on time spent troubleshooting technical issues!
Standards for Web Tools
|What tool are you using?||Standards to follow:|
|MyPCC Course Tools||
Standards for File Types
|What type of file are you posting?||Standards to follow:|
Usually most audio recording software defaults are adequate. If you want details, see below:
|Scanned images and documents||
Standards for Microsoft Office Documents
|What type of file
are you posting?
|Standards to follow:|
|All Office Files||
Don't see your media type or tool listed above? You can check standards by thinking about whether your file can be accessed by students with different systems. Keep in mind the following situations:
- Different operating systems:
- make sure the file can be opened with different platforms (Windows, Mac, etc.).
- Low connection speeds:
- don't make students download huge files.
- Assorted browsers:
- Diverse abilities:
- make sure your content is accessible to students with disabilities - see Web Accessibility Guidelines for more.
- Device capabilities:
- attempt to make your content available across as many devices as possible. For example, support for Word documents is spotty on smart phones and tablets, but support for PDFs is widespread, which is one of the reasons we save Word docs as PDFs before posting.