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Over the past year, the Quality Matters Program and the Florida Virtual School have collaborated on adapting the QM Rubric for online course design to the needs of middle and high school courses. ...

Over the past year, the Quality Matters Program and the Florida Virtual School have collaborated on adapting the QM Rubric for online course design to the needs of middle and high school courses. This session will describe the collaborative process and the outlines of the new rubric.

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  • Adapting the Quality Matters Rubric to Middle and High School Courses
    Ron Legon, Executive DirectorThe Quality Matters Program Stacey Rimmerman, Department Chair,Educational Technology, Grand Canyon Universityformerly Research, Quality & Evaluation Manager,The Florida Virtual School
    Sloan-C International Conference October 2009
  • “Quality Matters: Inter-Institutional Quality Assurance in Online Learning”
    • Developed by MarylandOnline (2003-2006) with funding from FIPSE
    • Since 2006 Quality Matters is a not-for-profit subscription service providing tools & training for quality assurance of online courses
    • Adopted by a large and broad user base
    • Represents a shared understanding of quality in online course design
  • QM: A National Standard
    • Almost 400 colleges and universities subscribe to Quality Matters
    • 41 states represented
    • 12 statewide systems; 5 large consortia
    • 5000+ faculty and instructional design staff have been formally trained
    • Award winning program
  • QM: A National Standard
    Almost 400 colleges and universities subscribe to the Quality Matters Program
    41 states represented
    12 statewide groups
    5 large consortia
    More that 5,000 faculty and instructional design staff have been trained in QM
    Recipient of awards from Sloan-C, WCET, USDLA, MDLA
  • Current QM Applications
    • A set of standards(rubric) for the design of online and hybrid courses
    • A peer review process (faculty to faculty) for reviewing and improving online and hybrid courses
    • A faculty support tool used by instructional development staff
    • A professional development opportunity
  • “Why don’t you promote the use of QM in K-12 online courses?”
    QM heard this question for years
    Why did it take so long?
    Many elements of the QM Rubric are relevant to K-12
    But there are also many differences
    QM needed a credible partner in K-12 to tackle this challenge
  • The Florida Virtual School www.flvs.net
    Founded in 1997 and was the country’s first, state-wide Internet-based public high school
    An established leader in developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions
    Serves students all over Florida, the U.S. and the world
    Nationally recognized e-Learning model and recipient of numerous awards
  • Process to Develop a Rubric for K-12 Course Design
    Joint steering committee established
    Fit / Gap analysis of current QM Rubric
    3 FLVS courses reviewed by two joint teams
    Majority of standards fit middle and high school
    Some critical issues in K-12 were not addressed
    Annotations did not speak to K-12
    Decision to move ahead with Grades 6-12 Rubric
    Joint working group appointed
    7 month process to perfect the new rubric
    Beta testing in November/December 2009
    Release of Grades 6-12 Rubric in early 2010
  • Contextual Differences between QM’s Postsecondary Rubric and Grades 6-12 Rubric
    The role of stakeholders – parents, counselors, host schools, etc.
    Increased privacy concerns
    Increased communication outside of CMS – before, during and after
    The role of state standards, national standards, AP standards, NACOL and 21st Century Skills
    Examples of good practice made more relevant to grades 6-12
    K-12 terminology replaces postsecondary terminology, e.g., “teachers” not “instructors”
  • New Standards
    Course objectives must meet state standards
    Course content is appropriate to students’ reading level
    Instructional materials prepare students to meet local, state and national standards
    Course content is balanced and bias free
    Total Points increased to 100 with 85 needed to meet standards
  • Increased Emphasis on Specific Standards for K-12
    Etiquette
    Academic Integrity
    Self-Check
    Teacher Responsiveness
    Student Access to Technologies
    Text Alternatives to Auditory and Visual Content
  • Expanded Data Collection
    Communications Matrix
    Students
    Parents
    Counselors
    Local Schools
    Communications Portfolio
    Samples of all communications
  • Practical Applications of the Rubric
  • Your Questions?
    rlegon@qualitymatters.org
    srimmerman@gcu.edu