A rubric is a learning and assessment tool that articulates the expectations for assignments and performance tasks by listing criteria, and for each criteria, describing levels of quality from excellent to poor (Andrade, 2000; Arter & Chappuis, 2007; Stiggins, 2001). The clarity of rubrics is the most important characteristic for its comprehension and application.
Quality Matters (QM) is a continuous improvement model for assuring quality of online and hybrid/blended courses through a peer review process. To meet Quality Matters expectations, a course must meet all the Essential Standards AND achieve a total overall score of 85 out of 100 points.
In Assessing the Online Learner (Palloff & Pratt, 2012), , the authors present effective assessment as not only an element of good course design, but a key component in student engagement.
In 2013, I took a position as training director of a crisis hotline. The majority of call agents worked remotely from locations all around the world. Even though the virtual training program was successful, the process could have benefited from an AAR during the train the trainer phase.
Addressing generational differences in course design is an important, yet challenging task for instructional designers. In theory, design for younger learners is less complex than design for mixed-age adult learners. Much has been written comparing Baby Boomers to Millennials; however, today’s secondary schools are not filled with millennials. These students are from Generation Z (also known as post-millennials, iGeneration, Homeland generation).
Dr. Dee Fink was the founding director of the instructional development program at the University of Oklahoma and is currently principal in Dee Fink & Associates. His work with significant learning led to the development of what he calls the five principles of course design and Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning.
Open source projects promote the principles of open exchange, peer-review, collaboration, rapid prototyping, transparency, and community-based development.