When training faculty for my Master’s Project, I realized that while there are several good rubrics for evaluating online course design, there is a need for a concise list of measurable standards regarding course delivery that faculty can follow when teaching online, to ensure a level of quality in their courses. I was not able to find anything that wasn’t behind a pay wall or used for internal purposes only. So I decided to create something myself, and I released it into the Creative Commons. After a lot of research, I compiled a set of measurable standards that related to online course delivery, and created a rubric out of them. I invented the mnemonic device of the Three S’s to unify the standards and make them easy for faculty to remember.
Click below to see and download the rubric.
I used information from the following compilations of research:
National Online Learners Priorities Report. (2011). Noel-Levitz. Retrieved from http://www.noellevitz.com/Benchmark
Ragan, L. C. (2009). Ten Principles of Effective Online Teaching: Best Practices in Distance Education (collection). Faculty Focus. Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/free-reports/principles-of-effective-online-teaching-best-practices-in-distance-education/
Swan, K. (2004). Relationships Between Interactions and Learning In Online Environments. Sloan Consortium.