This is a place for Canvas users to share their ideas for implementing best design practices using Canvas.
Thank you, Darrin Jones!
I am a QM Peer Reviewer, Training Facilitator, And CRMC so I strongly support the formation of a QM group.
I often reference and recommend QM Rubric standards in the Community, but often sense nothing but cricket-chirping after I do so. Hope there are enough folks familiar with QM in here to make it a reality.
I am part of a state-wide CTC consortium, we are big on QM and we have two very active list-serve groups, so I have also sent your idea out to them to get some support.
My school does not pay for the QM "experience" but I've used some of their free materials online, and I would definitely participate in such a group!
Related: I was intrigued by this study which had students rate the different dimensions of the QM rubric.
Research Paper: Students Rating the Quality Matters Rubric
Ooooooo, thanks for sharing that Laura !
I think what I liked best though was your statement,
"The more I learn about my students and have opportunities to interact with them, the more aware I am of their individual perspectives, goals, needs, anxieties, etc. etc. etc."
This is a part of my philosophy of "Designing to the lowest common denominator". I make no assumptions about my students' previous experiences and skill sets, and design my courses accordingly!
Have a great weekend!
Thank you for sharing that, Laura. Another article I saw on Educause connecting QM and progress in education can be found at: Student Feedback on Quality Matters Standards for Online Course Design | EDUCAUSE student-feedback-on-quality-matters-standards-for-online-course-design.
Hey thanks for that link! Awesome!
See how much fun we could have if we had our own Community Group!
Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote,!
Yes, if we want to have this group, you might want to share the voting to the larger groups. I've shared once, and it looks like I can't share again. I think this would be a valuable addition to the Canvas community.
I would just argue to generalize it to include other rubrics and frameworks beyond just quality matters.
I don't know the right name for such a group: quality assurance, evaluating course quality, quality and peer review, etc.
That's a good point, Doug Holton! One of the things I liked in that article you shared at G+ was that the Arizona folks say not to get too hung up on just a single rubric, even though they do use QM. I'm guessing QM would be a good name for the group just to get people's attention and to facilitate searching, but QM is not a be-all and end-all (esp. since the QM package is not free, although they do share some free stuff).
I'm pinging Kelley L. Meeusen here because I'm guessing he would be very interested in this article that Doug shared also:
How to Help Faculty Build Online CoursesThe University of Arizona developed a toolkit to help new instructional designers and online instructors get up to speed in creating courses for students that might never show their faces on campus.
How to Help Faculty Build Online Courses -- Campus Technology
(the ads at Campus Technology are ultra-annoying, but this article is worth paging through)
There's no reason to stick with a single set of quality rubrics. Although UA Online uses the Quality Matters rubrics for designing excellent online courses, that's not its only source of guidance. ODL also uses resources from the Quality Online Learning and Teaching program from the California State University system and the Open SUNY Course Quality Review Rubric and Process.
Hi Doug Holton
Thanks for the ping Laura Gibbs! And thanks for the links, I also shared some of my favs below.
I could not agree more! There are many systems out there that are just as good, and many of them spend way less time patting themselves on the back! I swear to God, that QM staff must spend half their life with their arms in slings because of repetitive stress injuries to their shoulders, and they are incredibly proprietary, where there are many others that are open. Remember, please, that QM was started with a FIPSE Grant (our money!). Another thing that bugs me about QM, and we are a QM school in a QM state system, is that they stick to their mantra that their standards are only for the design of the course, not the delivery of instruction - sorry folks, in the online environment those two concepts cannot be separated! Some of my favorites..........
There are more, but we all know how to Google it.
Just FYI for those who are curious, there is a long list of course checklists & rubrics on the topkit site here:
Checklists & Rubrics - TOPkit
although they didn't mention the California Online Education Initiative like you mentioned.
Thank you, Doug. I've been adding the different checklists and rubrics as tags to the group and I'll add these soon.
These comments are well noted. I would like to include as many people as possible into this group, and I would like to see this group created. I have changed the name to something that is more inclusive. Look good?
Oooooo.................. you are a team player, Darrin Jones, and I like that!
Being more inclusive may attract the votes we need, and I would really like to see this group fly. Canvas is growing so fast, and not just with schools migrating from a previous LMS. Lots of new-to-online schools coming aboard, and discussions about best-practices will be very helpful!
And for the record, I am not entirely anti-QM! I mean, you saw the list of my QM certifications. I just like to be a curmudgeon and remind folks that QM is not the end-all/be-all of online standards. You wait, some QM Community member is going to blacklist me before the week is out, and I'll never get asked to do another peer review again.
No worries. I had not pegged you or anyone as anti-QM I think what we need to focus on is what the name of this group currently represents. QM definitely has a lot of those best practices, but it doesn't represent all of the best practices. A name change really helps to open the discussion up so that we don't waste our time debating the pros or cons of any one system but share ideas from what we do in our Canvas courses.
Absolutely, and well said!
Thanks Darrin for starting this community! The interest is growing fast.
I found this example of Quality Course Framework at the University of Utah that I thought provided a great overview of a quality course. It begins with the objectives, provides the essential elements of a quality course, and then guides instructors on where to get started within the Quality Course Framework.
This is amazing!
Accessibility would be a great addition here. Thanks for the info Darrin Jones!
I am a new instructional designer. This group will certainly be a great resource of ideas and information for me. I'm looking forward to participating and learning more.
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