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Quality Matters Monday: Standard 3.4

Submitted by on July 16, 2015 – 8:35 amNo 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 3.4.

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 3.4 in the Quality Matters Rubric. This standard specifically addresses the inclusion of sequenced, varied, and appropriate assessment instruments.

It is important for assessment instruments to be sequenced so as to promote the learning process and to build on previously mastered knowledge and skills gained in the course and prerequisite courses. It is a good practice if the assessments are paced to give learners adequate time to achieve mastery and complete the work in a thoughtful manner. Next, assessments should also be varied to ensure multiple ways for learners to demonstrate mastery, and to accommodate diverse learners. Lastly, assessments ought to be suited to the learner work being assessed.

Examples that meet Standard 3.4:

  1. A series of assessments that progress from the definition of terms, to a short paper explaining the relationship between various theoretical concepts, to a term paper that includes the application of theoretical concepts and critical analysis of a journal article.
  2. Multiple types of assessment that enable the instructor to become familiar with an individual learner’s work and that discourage “proxy cheating” (someone other than the learner completing and submitting work).

In our demo course, BUSN 7000 Start-Ups: Venturing Into Entrepreneurship, you can find a list of all of the sequences, varied, and appropriate assessments used in the course.

QM Standard 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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