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on March 30, 2010 at 8:05:43 pm

Welcome to Quality Measurement in Online Learning Wiki

This is a workspace to begin the conversation we will have in person on April 6th in Seattle, WA.  Click here for the draft meeting agenda.  Please start the conversation by responding to the following questions:


Where are we today?

What are the opportunities and challenges to quality measurement in online learning?  How do measurement rubrics and tools fit into the broader landscape of online learning quality improvement opportunities?  What tools are emerging?  What is working?  What are the challenges?

  • In terms of opportunities - I think there is definitely a growing public interest and demand for online learning (in both K to 12 and higher education) and that this is reflected in organizations like the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) developing new questions banks in an attempt to measure the "quality" of the online learning experience from the perspective of the student and instructor
  • From my perspective,  one of the challenges is definining what "is" a quality online learning experience - as it can mean different things for different audiences (e.g. students, parents, faculty, administrators)
  • In terms of emerging tools - Karen Swann, Phil Ice, and others have developed and validated a Community of Inquiry survey instrument (http://communitiesofinquiry.com/methodology), which I think can help design, facilitate, and direct a "quality" online learning experience


Where do we need to go?

What combination of tools is required to drive consistent, high-quality student experiences?  Where are the gaps to be filled?  How do we accommodate new web2.0 pedagogical approaches?  How do we design solutions for widespread adoption and sustainability?

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