Course Development Path to Success

Weekly Update~Summer 2014 Course Development

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April 14 -- April 20, 2014

Weekly Update #10 Evaluate your Course

If you have been following along with each weekly Course Development Path to Success e-newsletter you should now have a fully developed online course. Congratulations!
This week you should take some time to assess the quality of your course, and make any necessary changes before the semester begins.

Week 10 To-Do's

1. Look over the following rubrics (under "Resources") and decide which one you will use to assess your course. Both rubrics deal primarily with course design but the Blackboard rubric considers additional elements including Interaction & Collaboration, and Learner Support.

2. Set aside an hour or two to look closely at your course in relationship to each of the criteria outlined in the rubric. If you see any missing elements consider making changes to your course as soon as possible. If you are unsure of how to meet the stated criteria please contact an instructional designer (Anne Reed at GSE, or an expert at the Teaching and Learning Center) for assistance.

3. Once you have completed the self-assessment you should celebrate your achievements! Course development is a lengthy task, you should be proud of all of the work that you have accomplished over the last 10 weeks.

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Evaluation Rubrics:

1. Blackboard - Designing an Exemplary Course Rubric

This rubric, which is part of the Blackboard Designing an Exemplary Course Award Program, can be used to provide a framework to identify online courses that demonstrate best practices in: Course Design, Interaction & Collaboration, Assessment and Learner Support.

2. Quality Matters - Quality Matters Rubric

The Quality Matters Rubric offers a set of 8 general standards and 41 specific standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. The Rubric is complete with annotations that explain the application of the standards and the relationship among them.

Further Reading:

Technology Source Archives - Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses

The "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education," originally published in the AAHE Bulletin (Chickering & Gamson, 1987), are a popular framework for evaluating teaching in traditional, face-to-face courses. These principles have been reconsidered in light of online education environments.


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