Whether you are teaching a course for the first time or the fiftieth, it is good practice to take a step back and critically reflect on the design of one’s course. Faculty are undoubtedly the masters of their course content, but it can be beneficial to consider the best practices that contribute to the quality design of a course as well. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple checklist to help you review your course’s design? Well, read on…
In support of the PLUTO Institute and initiatives, PLU holds an institutional subscription to the Quality Matters (QM) Program. The program rubric contains 44 standards to assess the design of online and blended courses. Quality Matters standards are based on best practices and help to guide the development of quality courses while providing a process for peer review. With PLU’s subscription to Quality Matters, faculty may use (and modify) the standards for unofficial review purposes. If you are interested in seeing the Fifth Edition of the Quality Matters Rubric, it can be accessed from the Instructional Technologies site with your PLU ePass.
If you have any design standards to add to the list, or if you have a course review checklist that you know and love, please share in the comment section below.
Originally posted 2/15/2015 in PLU’s Instructional Technologies blog