Course Design Standards | Capital University


Course Design Standards


    As of July 1, 2013, Capital University is a member of Ohio Quality Matters Consortium. Quality Matters is developed to provide inter-institutional quality assurance in online learning.

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    Quality Matters (QM) is formed by a consortium of colleges and universities in Maryland to provide tools and training for quality assurance of online courses. Within 10 years, more than 600 higher education institutions in the US have joined the Quality Matters and benefit from the QM Rubric and peer-review process for course design to ensure inter-institutional online and hybrid course quality. The Quality Matters rubric standards have also been adapted to classroom instruction that have incorporated some form of educational technology.

    Eight general standards are identified based on continued research and best practices in instructional design that capture the overall essence of quality course design. The Quality Matters rubric standards are used to support designing online and hybrid courses and peer review process for continuous improvement efforts of online and hybrid courses. These standards present the necessary components of what has been determined to be in place for any given course. The concept being that if these eight standards are addressed, the course design will embody all of the necessary elements for effective student learning.

    Each standard in the Quality Matters Rubric includes several elements that are measured by point assignments based on importance. A “3” means essential, “2” means very important, and “1” means important. The point system came about as a standard for developing elearning courses and of measurement for peer review process. For the purposes of current use, faculty members are encouraged to use the rubric as a tool for course design.

    To view the Quality Matters rubric you will need to create a Quality Matters account or stop by the CELT office.

    Contact the Curriculum Technology Specialist for more information regarding implementing the Quality Matters rubric.