Course Quality Matters
Consistency is not sameness when designing the perfect online course environment: understanding where quality matters
Mark Bailye (Blackboard), Michael Sankey (Griffith University) & Bill Searle (Charles Darwin University)
What is it?
Today, a number of institutions have initiatives or projects in place to explore and evaluate their online courses, to ensure a positive and inclusive learning experience for all learners. This of course happens at a number of levels; the institutional level, at the school level, at the program/course design level and at the professional development level. This may take the form of formal or informal benchmarking, a review against some agreed-on standard or rubric prior to the commencement of teaching, an audit during the teaching cycle, or after an evaluation at the completion of teaching. In whatever form, there is always some element of alignment necessary within the institution if these mechanisms are to have sustainable and enduring value. Consequently, various approaches have been trialled and taken, and institutions have turned to recognised tools and standards in support of this, and several checklists, scorecards and rubrics have been developed to assist with this process, designed to support the quality of online learning. This workshop will provide an overview of many of these tools, and will seek to, through a collaborative practice, help institutions pick the mix that may best suit their particular context.
This workshop will be very interactive, providing participants with an opportunity to share their current practice, while at the same time not seeking to preference any one tool or methodology. It is designed to provide each participant with options that they may consider introducing to their own practice, in an effort to extend the quality options available to them and those they represent.