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QM Standard 4: Instructional Materials

Quality Review Standard 4

Instructional Materials

Instructional materials enable learners to achieve stated learning objectives or competencies.

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Specific Review Standard 4.1Specific Review Standard 4.2 | Specific Review Standard 4.3 | Specific Review Standard 4.4Specific Review Standard 4.5 

QM Specific Review
Standard 4.1

The instructional materials contribute to the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies.

The instructional materials and course technologies should contribute to the achievement of your course and module learning objectives. Indicate the relationship between materials and learning objectives to students throughout the course.

QM Specific Review
Standard 4.2

The relationship between the use of instructional materials in the course and completing learning activities is clearly explained.

Provide explanations to your students about how instructional materials required in the course will impact their ability to complete assignments and assessments in the course. This helps reduce the appearance of busy work, helps further indicate alignment, and allows your students to understand the relationship between the learning activities and instructional materials within each module.

QM Specific Review
Standard 4.3

The course models the academic integrity expected of learners by providing both source references and permissions for use of instructional materials.

You should provide citations, permission statements and source references for the instructional materials used in the course. It is recommended to use the citation format that you require your students to use as this models the correct style. 

QM Specific Review
Standard 4.4

The instructional materials represent up-to-date theory and practice in the discipline.

The instructional materials utilized in your course represent up-to-date thinking in your  discipline. Provide recently published or created instructional materials alongside legacy materials required for your students. 

QM Specific Review
Standard 4.5

A variety of instructional materials is used in the course.

Provide your students with a variety of different types of instructional materials in course. For example, your course could contain a required textbook, recorded lecture content, module podcast episodes, infographics, case studies, articles, and more. 

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