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Quality Matters Monday: Standard 4.1

Submitted by on July 27, 2015 – 8:32 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 4.1.

General Standard 4 addresses the inclusion of instructional materials that enable learners to achieve the stated learning objectives or competencies.

Click here to view Quality Matters Standard 4.1 in the Quality Matters Rubric. This standard specifically addresses the inclusion of instructional materials that align with the course and module learning objectives or competencies by integrating effectively with the tools, assessments, and activities selected for the course.

In other words, instructional materials (textbooks, publisher or instructor created resources, multimedia and websites) should be carefully selected and not randomly added to the course. Before including an instructional material, ask yourself, “Does this align with the learning objectives or competencies in a clear and direct way?” and “Does this contribute to the achievement of those objectives by integrating with other components of the course?”

One way to demonstrate the purpose of each instructional material is to include the learning objective or competency that it is helping achieve. For example, in our demo course, BUSN 7000 Start-Ups: Venturing Into Entrepreneurship, you can find learning objectives next to the module lecture.

QM 4.1

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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