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1 1 Quality Matters: A FIPSE project for Peer Course Review A Grant Initiative of MarylandOnline Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education (FIPSE)

2 2 Mary Wells (Co-Director) Prince George’s Community College, MD Dr. Chris Sax (Co-Director) University of Maryland, University College Dr. Joan McMahon (Process Committee Co-Chair) Towson University, MD

3 3 FIPSE is competitive 1550 preliminary applications 150 invited to submit proposal 42 funded projects (<3 %) Quality Matters!

4 4 Inter-Institutional Sharing Maryland Online (MOL) is a statewide consortium of 10 Maryland community colleges and senior institutions that share courses.

5 5 Quality Matters: Key Outcomes Replicable pathway for inter-institutional quality assurance (QA) of online courses Faculty-centered, peer review-based, consortium- wide QA process Review tools that incorporate nationally recognized standards of best practice F2F and online training Expanded resource sharing and increased articulation agreements

6 6 Quality Matters: Inter-Institutional Quality Assurance in Online Learning

7 7 What this process is NOT Not about an individual instructor (it’s about the course) Not about faculty evaluation (it’s about course quality) Not about “winners” and “losers” (it’s about continuous improvement in a supportive environment)

8 8 For Our Purposes, Quality Is… More than average; more than “good enough” An attempt to capture what’s expected in an effective online course Based on research and widely accepted standards Higher Standard 100 50 0

9 9 Quality Matters How do we … –identify & recognize it? Determine the Criteria of the Reviewers? Develop a Rubric on Quality?

10 10 Session Objectives Develop a rubric by: –Examining different brands of cookies. –Determining the criteria for review. –Setting the standards for the review. Reflect on the process of determining quality issues and standards. Project the implications for the process in online course review.

11 11 Develop a Rubric 1. Determine the criteria of the reviewer –You must have had some experience in eating.

12 12 2. Examine the “goods.” –Open the different bags of chocolate chip cookies.

13 13 3. Establish the weighted criteria of the “goods”. These are your standards. What are the criteria? What weight will you give each criteria?

14 14 4. Rate and rank the “goods.” How did you test the cookies for the quality indicators? How were your criteria results recorded?

15 15 5. Revise the criteria What criteria were the main differentials? Or the “deal breakers?” What insights did you have about the criteria development/rating process?

16 16 The Reflection 1.How did your group achieve consensus on the ratings? 2.What were the greatest challenges to arriving at a consensus ranking? 3.How comfortable would you be if you had to defend this rating before your vice president or before the faculty association? 4.Can your criteria be applied to all such similar items? 5.Is this process replicable? Can you use this process for other quality assurance activities? 6.What advice would you give to other quality assurance teams?

17 17 Cookies Don’t Just Happen! Recipe Ingredients Processes Packaging Marketing Seal of Approval What’s similar to quality online courses?

18 18 Analogy Cookies to Online Course Review IssuesCookiesOnline Courses How long was the Time on Task? 15 minutes Who sets the criteria? Who determines the weighting standards? Is it replicable? Are there subjective vs objective indicators? What are the “deal breakers?” How many can be evaluated at each sitting? What are the experiences of the reviewers? What were the unifying elements?

19 19 Now What? What do we do with “quality” courses? How do we use our certified peer reviewers? How do we tell students what this means?

20 20 Session Evaluation For grant purposes, please complete the evaluation provided. And thank you for your interest in the project.

21 21 Additional Information Please provide your email address if you wish to learn more.

22 22 Additional Slides…

23 23 Quality Matters: QA Process Overview Review of online courses by teams of 3 faculty members Using Rubric tied to national standards of best practice Feedback provided for improvement of course quality Instructional design support provided to implement recommendations Certification of course when standards met

24 24 Goals for Selecting Courses Focus on quality Continuous improvement Positive environment Low-risk Increase number of “shareable” courses

25 25 Quality Matters: Courses MarylandOnline Shared Course List State of MD Critical Workforce Needs: –Engineering –Teacher Education –Information Technology –General Studies –Allied Health

26 26 Quality Matters: Project Management Team Project Co-Directors Mary WellsPrince George’s CC Chris SaxUMUC Project Management Team Kay Kane Project Coordinator Cynthia FranceChesapeake College Jurgen Hilke Frederick CC Wendy GilbertMarylandOnline John SenerProject Evaluator

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