Guidelines for course guides, because of the narrowly focused audiences, must be considerably more flexible in design and style than any other pages. The principle focus should be on providing resources and instruction for a particular course, in consultation with faculty; however, because course guides are also linked on portal pages, and some people outside the course will inevitably use them, authors should also make an effort to adhere to general design principles to ensure some consistency with the rest of the site.
If there is a relevant research guide determine if is there enough new and unique content to justify a course guide.
It is essential to have a profile box with the appropriate subject specialist on all course guides. It might also be relevant to add details of other subject specialists who might assist (especially for cross disciplinary topics).
It is important to work carefully with the course instructor. Make sure that you obtain a copy of the course syllabus first.
The title of the course guide should correspond closely to that of the course, and should include the course number.
If a major assignment for the course is a research paper, consider including a tab/box on the appropriate bibliographic citation style and/or tools.
While LibGuides is a great platform for creating and publishing content it may not always be the best medium for publishing course guides.
If any of the following is true for your use case then you should consider alternatives to LibGuides:
Some popular alternatives include:
These alternatives allow you to limit who can see the content, and guarantee that the content will never get stale. Also, these alternatives make it easy to create web accessible content with their built-in creation tools.
Course guides should only be published/public for the duration of the course. This usually means through the semester the course is being offered. Course guides can become stale quickly, and leaving them untouched outside the duration of the course may prove to be more problematic than beneficial.