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Quality Matters Monday: Standard 6.2

Submitted by on October 12, 2015 – 10:01 amNo Comment

It’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 6.2

General Standard 6 addresses course technology.

Click here to view Quality Matters Standard 6.2 in the Quality Matters Rubric. This standard specifically addresses that course tools promote learner engagement and active learning. #Qualty Matters Standard 6.2.  #edtech #highered

Quality Matters Standard 6.2

Tools used in the course help learners actively engage in the learning process rather than passively absorb information.  Selected tools help the learner actively engage in the course by facilitating interactions with the instructor, course materials, and other learners.    Examples of tools that support engagement and active learning:

  • Interactive, real-time software, such as real-time collaborative tools, webinars, and virtual worlds
  • Software that facilitates interactions and collaborations, such as shared documents or wikis
  • Animations, simulations, and games that require learner input
  • Discussion tools with automatic notification or a “read/unread” tracking feature
  • Automated self-check exercises requiring learner responses

AP Guidance: The incorporation of narrated PowerPoint presentations is a great way to place your instructor presence in the course, but it’s important to make sure they are the proper length. It is a best practice to break content down into smaller chunks for student comprehension. The following link will give you an idea of why this is often our recommendation:

These links also provide for some ideas on how to break up such dense content for students:



Of course, the content may necessitate this approach, but just something to keep in mind if possible.


For more pointers on including media and video in your courses visit this link: and review the Multimedia/Micro-Lectures section. 


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