Presentation on theme: "Quality Matters! Using the Quality Matters Rubric to Improve Online Course Design Susan Bussmann and Sandy Johnson NMSU Quality Matters Institutional."— Presentation transcript:
1Quality Matters!Using the Quality Matters Rubric to Improve Online Course DesignSusan Bussmann and Sandy JohnsonNMSU Quality Matters Institutional Representatives
2Why QM- Teacher Feedback “I am seeing measurable differences in the response, satisfaction and performance of students in both my blended and online courses.”“…my classes are now benefiting from my new understanding of course organization and alignment.”“I'm so thrilled to learn how to make my course more engaging.”
3Why QM- Student Feedback “The instructor does a great job being available for us even though we are in an online course.”“I have already recommended it (the online course) to others.”“I received a complete introduction, which clearly explained the course's goals.”“More than what I expected, happy that it was.”“Very comprehensive and clear. Outstanding”
4Quality Matters Quality does matter to… Students Faculty AdministratorsInstitutionsAccrediting agenciesLegislatorsTax PayersHow do we…Identify & recognize it?Motivate & instill it?Assess & measure it?Insure it?Assure it?
5The QM Rubric Process QM is Continuous! A Process designed to ensure that all reviewed courses will eventually meet expectations.Is Integral to a continuous quality improvement process.
6The QM Rubric Process QM is centered- On research - the development of the rubric is based in national standards of best practice, research literature, and instructional design principlesOn student learning - the rubric and process are designed to promote student learningOn quality - the review sets a quality goal at the 85% level or better (courses do not have to be perfect but better than good enough)
7The QM Rubric Process Collegial Part of a faculty-driven, peer review processIntended to be diagnostic and collegial, not evaluative and judgmental
8The QM Rubric and Process Quality Matters reviews are-CollaborativeIdentify evidence of quality course contentFlexible and not prescriptive (many ways to meet each standard)
10Factors Effecting Course Quality QM Reviews Course DesignOther components to online instruction include-Course delivery (i.e. teaching, faculty performance)Course contentCourse management systemInstitutional infrastructureFaculty training and readinessStudent engagement and readiness
11Quality is…. More than average; more than “good enough” An attempt to capture what’s expected in an effective online course at about an 85% levelBased on research and widely accepted standards85 %
12The Rubric Eight General Standards: Course Overview and Introduction Learning ObjectivesAssessment and MeasurementResources and MaterialsLearner InteractionCourse TechnologyLearner SupportAccessibilityKey components must align.Alignment: Critical course elements work together to ensure that students achieve the desired learning outcomes.
13Summary of Changes for 2011-13 QM Higher Education Rubric The New NumbersStill has eight General Standards, but increases to 41 specific standards.Twenty-one 3-point standards, twelve 2-point standards, and eight 1-point standards.95 total points and a “yes” on all 3-point Essential StandardsTotal overall score of 81 or higher is required to meet Quality Matters expectations.
14Rubric Scoring 41 95 Standards Points Relative Value 21 3 Essential 12 Very Important81ImportantTOTALS4195Must obtain 81 points to pass QM formal reviewTeam of 3 reviewers initially score individuallyOne score per standard based on team majorityPre-assigned point valueYes/No decision; All/None pointsConsensus is NOT required
15To meet expectations a course must achieve- “Yes” on all 21 of the 3-point “essential” standardsA minimum of 81 out of 95 points81/95 = 85%
16Let’s Practice!You will need your Quality Matters rubric to participate.
17Let’s Practice Does this scenario meet Standard 2? Discuss at your table.Share with whole group.In a course you are reviewing, you find no module or unit-level objectives. You do see (reprinted below) a course description and course-level goals on the syllabus.Course Description During this course we will be intensely involved in reading and discussing readings from the modern era (that is, from the 1600’s on), from around the world. We will consider the common themes that bind us together as human beings on this planet, as well as recognizing and acknowledging cultural differences. We will also consider what it means to be “modern,” and the relation of art to life and culture. There is one major research paper.Course Goals This course will contribute to the development of the following General Education Objectives:1. oral and written communication 2. reading with comprehension 3. critical thinking 4. abstract reasoning
18Let’s PracticeDoes this scenario meet Standard 3?Discuss at your table.Share with whole group.The Early Childhood Education course you are reviewing has listed the following course level learning objective:Design your ideal classroom using features that meet the space, safety, and comfort needs of very young children.Students are to produce a model of their ideal classroom, take pictures of the model, post them on the course website, and also write and post an essay explaining how the model represents the ideal. Both the models and the essays will be evaluated according to a grading rubric distributed along with the class assignment.
19Let’s PracticeOn the homepage of a course you are reviewing is a button entitled "Notes on Course Topics." This links to a commercial website that contains a huge amount of material: outlines, PowerPoint, animations, exercises, self-test, charts and graphs, and text, all related in some way to the subject of the course.Assignment directions in the online course say to click on the link, peruse the commercial website, and find material related to the weekly topic.Does this scenario meet Standard 6?Discuss at your table.Share with whole group.
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