Meet the CVC-OEI Online Course Design Standards

Create a high-quality learning environment that promotes student success with a suite of collaboration tools proven to engage students.

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Meet the CVC-OEI Online Course Design Standards with Harmonize

A5 Unit-level Chunking
A8 Effective Use of Multimedia
A14 Technology Support
B1 Pre-Course Contact
B2 Regular Effective Contact
B3 Student-Initiated Contact
B4 Student-Initiated Contact with Other Students
B5 Regular Effective Contact Among Students
B6 Participation Levels
C3 Variety
C5 Rubrics/Scoring Guide
C6 Assessment Instructions
C8 Self-Assessment
D Accessibility
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Instructor Contact

Make it easy for instructors to engage with students

Core to the CVC-OEI standards is ensuring that instructors are regularly interacting with students. Harmonize makes it easy for instructors to engage with students using a wide variety of communication tools and also provides students with multiple means for contacting the instructor.

  • Multimedia discussion boards
  • Q&A boards for asynchronous communication
  • 1:1 and group chats for real-time communication
  • Polls to ask students for anonymous feedback
  • Engagement Insights to monitor interactions with students & identify students who need more support
Chat and polls
Vibrant, multimedia grid-like discussion boards in Harmonize.
Student-to-Student Contact

Build a community of learners

Harmonize makes it easy to create a social learning environment that is inclusive of diverse learners. Fully accessible multimedia discussion tools, polls, chat, and Q&A boards encourage more frequent interactions by providing students with a variety of ways to engage more deeply with course material and each other.

  • Groups make it easy for smaller groups of students to connect and share ideas
  • Peer facilitation puts students in control of discussions and promotes peer-to-peer learning
  • Annotation makes it easier for students to communicate using images & videos
  • Milestones (aka multiple due dates) help instructors set clear expectations for participation
Effective Assessment

Streamlined grading for timely & regular feedback

The CVC-OEI standards reinforce the importance of providing students with effective formative and summative assessment —and Harmonize makes that easy with:

  • At-a-glance activity reporting that includes all the information instructors need to assess student performance
  • Image & video annotation to share meaningful feedback
  • Auto-grading to easily evaluate student participation
  • Rubrics to assess learning against key outcomes 
  • Canvas SpeedGrader integration to automatically pass grades and feedback to Canvas
  • Plagiarism detection integration to ensure originality
Promote social & inclusive learning

Easy, Accessible & Inclusive Tools

Harmonize provides tools that are fully accessible so you can ensure there’s a way for students of all abilities to be part of the conversation.

  • Easy-to-use multimedia provides learners with multiple ways to engage with content
  • Auto-captioning and video/image annotation
  • Mobile-first with course material available 24/7 on any device

A full suite of tools built to enable meaningful interaction & active learning.

Grid view

Gauge student engagement at a glance. The Harmonize layout makes it easy to see which conversations have the most engagement and what students are saying.

rich multimedia icon Rich multimedia

Why should students only be able to post text? Harmonize supports video, images, audio, and embedded URLs, so students can finally express themselves.

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Let students answer each others’ questions. Leave Q&A boards up all term to avoid repeated questions and help students share information in one place.

polls icon Annotations

Adding annotations to content promotes peer-to-peer learning, richer instructor feedback, and deeper engagement with course material.

reactions & tagging icon Tagging

Pull students into the conversation by tagging them directly. Students and instructors have the ability to tag anybody in the class.


Keep students on task and help them meet deadlines with notifications. Add a custom notification for the whole class or individual students.

chat bubble icon Chat

Using Harmonize Chat, instructors and students can communicate in real time. It’s easy for students to see which classmates are online and begin a new chat.


Use polls to gauge understanding, assess students, or review content. You can even use a poll to take attendance. Run a poll on its own or add it to any discussion.


Students can use emojis to respond to their classmates. Reactions lower the barrier to responding to peers and help more students contribute.

Harmonize Seamlessly Integrates with Canvas

With our seamless Canvas integration, it’s easy to encourage more vibrant and inclusive online discussions right in your LMS. And we can get you up and running in under 30 min!

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