Is Your Course Ready for a QM Review?
Quick Check Your Course in relation to QM standards
Quality Matters Checklist: Help is available to address any or all of the following nationally recognized Quality Matters standards. You can apply these to your Moodle-Supported, Hybrid, Online, or F2F classroom.
_____1. Getting Started in the Class is Choice One on the Lessons Page
Instructions about how to proceed in the class are clear; an introduction provides purpose and structure of the course, lines of communication and netiquette policies, course policies, prerequisite knowledge required, minimum technical requirements. Also present are an instructor’s self-introduction and an activity encouraging students’ introductions to each other.
_____ 2. Learning Objectives are Clear and Measurable
The Learning Objectives (LOs) are appropriate and written from the students’ perspective; instructions on how to achieve LOs and how individual activities and assignments meet LOs are clear; LOs clearly form the foundation of course content and activities: this is called alignment.
_____ 3. Assessments are Linked to Learning Objectives
Assessments are sequenced, varied, appropriate, and measure student learning; course grading policies are clear; evaluative criteria is clear and connected to the grading policies; policies include frequent and meaningful feedback.
_____4. Instructional Materials Help Achieve Course Learning Objectives
Textbooks, links, and materials are comprehensive and connected to the course outcomes; instructional materials represent current thinking in the discipline and provide a variety of perspectives on the content.
_____5. Course Interactions Motivate Students and Promote Learning
Curriculum encourages active learning, involves connecting student to student, student to instructor, and student to content; instructor’s feedback and timeline plan is clear.
_____6. Navigation through the Course is Logical, Consistent, and Efficient.
Course tools (such as discussion forums, chat rooms, gradebook, social media, Tegrity, Collaborate/Elluminate) and media (video, audio, podcasts) are used effectively; course design makes movement and access to technologies manageable; links and connection to publisher materials is easy and purposeful.
_____7. Course Connects Students to Instructional Support Services
Links and information about technical assistance, writing and tutoring centers, student services, accommodations and campus accessibility policies and services, and the campus library are clear, encouraging, and obvious.
_____8. Course Fosters Accessibility
Accessibility includes readability of text, avoidance of distractions, appropriate design elements, alternatives to auditory and visual content, clarity about obtaining accommodations, and streamlining navigation.
Let’s talk about your class and find ways to increase student success and instructor satisfaction. Contactlee.Ash@skagit.edu , Quality Matters Coordinator. For a good QM overview see the ‘Presentation’ at www.qmprogram.org.