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Defining and Implementing Quality Assurance Standards for Online Courses

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Presenters: Lawrence Ragan, Director, Instructional Design/Development, Penn State University and Christina Sax, Professor and Assistant Dean, Social, Behavioral, Natural, and Mathematical Sciences, University of Maryland University College.

The Quality Matters project is possibly the beginning of a national model for assessing the quality of online and blended courses. Funded by a 3 year grant, this project implements a rubric based upon an extensive standards set. A team of trained peer reviewers from various institutions including the course developer uses the rubric to assess online courses. The process does not end with the assessment. Instructional Design support is provided to help implement the suggestions of the peer review team. The quality “seal” is given to courses that rate 85% based upon the rubric. This initiative spans 70 institutions in 14 states. Over 250 faculty have been trained as peer reviewers.

This entry cannot grab the extent of this project. For more information, visit The website provides demos of the rubric and information about how to get involved. Note: The funding for the project ends August 2006.

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