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Quality Matters Monday: Standard 3.3

Submitted by on July 6, 2015 – 4:02 pmNo Comment

QMIt’s Quality Matters Monday! Each Monday, we highlight a Quality Matters standard and review its importance in an online course and how we evaluate this standard.

Today, we are reviewing Quality Matters Standards 3.3.

General Standard 3 addresses the inclusion of assessments that evaluate learner progress in achieving the stated learning objectives or mastering the competencies.

Click here to view Quality Matters Standard 3.3 in the Quality Matters Rubric. This standard specifically addresses the inclusion of specific and descriptive criteria for the evaluation of learners’ work that are also tied to the course grading policy.

It is important to include a clear and complete description of the criteria that will be used to evaluate the learners’ work and participation in the course. These criteria:

  • are stated upfront at the beginning of the course.
  • provides learners with clear guidance on the instructor’s expectations and on the required components of coursework and participation.
  • give learners the information they need to understand how a grade on an assignment or activity will be calculated.
  • align with the course objectives or competencies.

Read below for examples of quality criteria:

  • Evidence that the instructor has stated the criteria for evaluation of all graded work. Criteria may be in the form of a detailed checklist, rubric, or other instrument for identifying the various levels of learner mastery.
  • A description of how the learners’ participation in discussions will be graded, including the number of required postings per week; the criteria for evaluating the originality and quality of learners’ comments and their responsiveness to classmates’ comments; and the grade or credit learners can expect for varying levels of performance.

In our demo course, BUSN 7000 Start-Ups: Venturing Into Entrepreneurship, you can find the clearly stated grading policy in the syllabus and on each assignment page.

QM Standard 3.2

QM Standard 3.2 2

QM 3.3 3

QM 3.3 4

Click here to access Quality Matters eLearning Marketplace. The Quality Matters eLearning Marketplace is a free, searchable database built to serve the broad QM community with an easy-to-use eLearning product/service directory organized within the 8 general standards of the rubric as well as by user and product categories.

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