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  1. Quality Assurance - Online Course Design and Review Spring, 2014 DSU Extended Programs

  2. Agenda • An Introduction to Quality Assurance • Course Peer Review Process • Tips for Design Course to Meet Quality Assurance in D2L • Share Insights

  3. The Quality Matters Program • Developed through a FIPSE grant in 2003 • Designed for faculty focused on improving student learning • Provided tools and training for quality assurance of online courses • Adopted by DSUin 2005, 165 self/peer reviewed courses + 118 instructors

  4. Quality Matters is …. • A set of standards (rubric) • A course peer review process • An instructional support tool • A professional development opportunity Reference: http://www.qualitymatters.com

  5. The Rubric • Eight broad standards: • Course Overview and Introduction • Learning Objectives • Assessment and Measurement • Resources and Materials • Learner Engagement • Course Technology • Learner Support • Accessibility • Alignment: Critical course elements work together to ensure that students achieve the desired learning outcomes. Key components must align

  6. Rubric Scoring

  7. To Meet Expectations A course achieves • all essential standards (each 3 points) • A minimum of 65 out of 76 points • 85% (65/76) or Better

  8. Course Peer Review Process

  9. Peer Review Process is • NOT about individual instructor • NOT about faculty evaluation • NOT about pass/fail

  10. Which courses will be required to be reviewed? • Self Review • New online instructors • Existing courses, taught by the same instructor, review cycle of every three years. • Peer Review (faculty to faculty) • newly developed or redesigned courses that receive Summer Grants.

  11. How to Self/Peer Review? • Go to the review tool https://secure.dsu.edu/coursereview/login.asp • Enter your system login • View the list of courses • Select Yes or No and add descriptions

  12. How to Self/Peer Review?(2) • View the annotations and examples • Points can be automatically calculated • Submit a self review, upon which an e-mail notification will be sent to coordinator and the assigned reviewers.

  13. How to Self/Peer Review?(3) • View instructor’s self review first. • Observe the course site from a student’s point of view. • Provide review feedback on course improvement. • Submit the completed review, upon which an e-mail notification will be sent to the course instructor.

  14. Tips for Design Your Course to Meet Quality Assurance in D2L

  15. Preparation • Have a simple start • Think about course goals/students/formats • Prepare course documents • Break a long syllabus into separate sections

  16. Preparation (2) • Consider content structure and navigation • Be familiar with D2L| • Know how to get help • Plan and design course before teaching

  17. Before and Upon Course Starts • Communicate with students through D2L mail • Check and make sure the course is active • Provide student orientation • Create an opportunity for student introduction • Provide technical support resources

  18. Course Content Delivery • Use standard HTML webpages • Ensure course is accessible to all students • Keep course content organized • Use Role Switch and Preview in D2L

  19. Course Content Delivery (2) • Beyond PowerPoint • Add audio narration • Create screen capture/casting • Require minimal hardware/software

  20. Course Content Delivery (2) • Avoid creating large video files • Use shorter (3-5 minutes) videos • Get DSU Video service support help@dsu.edu • Put it online (YouTube, Slideshare.net)

  21. Class Communication • Clarify your expectations • Maintain instructor presence in the course • Provide timely feedback about student progress • Create an FAQ to address common questions

  22. Class Communication (2) • Deliver updates, important notices (News) • Post course related events (Calendar) • Engage active learning (Group/Discuss) • Offer office hours in real time(Collaborate) • Social media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter)

  23. Assessment • Aligned with learning objectives • Incorporate low-stakes quizzes with automated feedback • Explain grading policy: scale/distribution • Grade with rubrics

  24. Assessment(2) • Track student performance (User Progress) • Grade with Assignment Grader (for iPad) • Paper Originality Checking(Turnitin Plagiarism detection) • Use survey tool to get course feedback • Reflect on your teaching

  25. Summary • Take a simple start, and be prepared. • Keep your focus. • Explore different strategies and approaches. • Keep course for a continuous improvement.

  26. Support Resources • Course Quality Assurance Rubric http://support.dsu.edu/qa/course_rubrics.htm • Course Design for Quality Assurancehttp://support.dsu.edu/d2l/coursedesign/ • D2L Sample Course(to enroll this course, contact Haomin.wang@dsu.edu) • Designing and Developing Blended/Hybrid Course in D2L (D2L login required) • Individual trainings(email, phone and walk in visits)

  27. Questions/Comments?