Adapting the Quality Matters Rubric to Middle and High School Courses


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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. This session will describe the collaborative process and the outlines of the new rubric.

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  • Quality Matters provides inter-institutional quality assurance in online learning. This is achieved through a not-for-profit subscription service providing tools and training for quality assurance of online courses.
  • Adapting the Quality Matters Rubric to Middle and High School Courses

    1. 1. Adapting the Quality Matters Rubric to Middle and High School Courses<br />Ron Legon, Executive DirectorThe Quality Matters Program Stacey Rimmerman, Department Chair,Educational Technology, Grand Canyon Universityformerly Research, Quality & Evaluation Manager,The Florida Virtual School<br />Sloan-C International Conference October 2009<br />
    2. 2. “Quality Matters: Inter-Institutional Quality Assurance in Online Learning”<br /><ul><li>Developed by MarylandOnline (2003-2006) with funding from FIPSE
    3. 3. Since 2006 Quality Matters is a not-for-profit subscription service providing tools & training for quality assurance of online courses
    4. 4. Adopted by a large and broad user base
    5. 5. Represents a shared understanding of quality in online course design</li></li></ul><li>QM: A National Standard<br /><ul><li>Almost 400 colleges and universities subscribe to Quality Matters
    6. 6. 41 states represented
    7. 7. 12 statewide systems; 5 large consortia
    8. 8. 5000+ faculty and instructional design staff have been formally trained
    9. 9. Award winning program</li></li></ul><li>QM: A National Standard<br />Almost 400 colleges and universities subscribe to the Quality Matters Program<br />41 states represented<br />12 statewide groups<br />5 large consortia<br />More that 5,000 faculty and instructional design staff have been trained in QM<br />Recipient of awards from Sloan-C, WCET, USDLA, MDLA<br />
    10. 10. Current QM Applications<br /><ul><li>A set of standards(rubric) for the design of online and hybrid courses
    11. 11. A peer review process (faculty to faculty) for reviewing and improving online and hybrid courses
    12. 12. A faculty support tool used by instructional development staff
    13. 13. A professional development opportunity</li></li></ul><li>“Why don’t you promote the use of QM in K-12 online courses?”<br />QM heard this question for years<br />Why did it take so long?<br />Many elements of the QM Rubric are relevant to K-12<br />But there are also many differences<br />QM needed a credible partner in K-12 to tackle this challenge<br />
    14. 14. The Florida Virtual School<br />Founded in 1997 and was the country’s first, state-wide Internet-based public high school<br />An established leader in developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions<br />Serves students all over Florida, the U.S. and the world<br />Nationally recognized e-Learning model and recipient of numerous awards <br />
    15. 15. Process to Develop a Rubric for K-12 Course Design<br />Joint steering committee established<br />Fit / Gap analysis of current QM Rubric<br />3 FLVS courses reviewed by two joint teams<br />Majority of standards fit middle and high school<br />Some critical issues in K-12 were not addressed<br />Annotations did not speak to K-12<br />Decision to move ahead with Grades 6-12 Rubric<br />Joint working group appointed<br />7 month process to perfect the new rubric<br />Beta testing in November/December 2009<br />Release of Grades 6-12 Rubric in early 2010<br />
    16. 16. Contextual Differences between QM’s Postsecondary Rubric and Grades 6-12 Rubric <br />The role of stakeholders – parents, counselors, host schools, etc.<br />Increased privacy concerns<br />Increased communication outside of CMS – before, during and after <br />The role of state standards, national standards, AP standards, NACOL and 21st Century Skills <br />Examples of good practice made more relevant to grades 6-12<br />K-12 terminology replaces postsecondary terminology, e.g., “teachers” not “instructors”<br />
    17. 17. New Standards<br />Course objectives must meet state standards<br />Course content is appropriate to students’ reading level<br />Instructional materials prepare students to meet local, state and national standards<br />Course content is balanced and bias free<br />Total Points increased to 100 with 85 needed to meet standards<br />
    18. 18. Increased Emphasis on Specific Standards for K-12<br />Etiquette<br />Academic Integrity<br />Self-Check<br />Teacher Responsiveness<br />Student Access to Technologies<br />Text Alternatives to Auditory and Visual Content<br />
    19. 19. Expanded Data Collection<br />Communications Matrix<br />Students<br />Parents<br />Counselors<br />Local Schools<br />Communications Portfolio<br />Samples of all communications<br />
    20. 20. Practical Applications of the Rubric<br />
    21. 21. Your Questions?<br /><br /><br />