If you follow my blog, you know that the past few weeks I have been participating in a MOOC on blended learning design. This week wraps up the course with a focus on quality assurance.
Here is the thing about QA in blended learning: there’s no real set standard. That said, I think the most important standards are the same for all courses whether online, blended, or face-to-face. The implementation may be different but the student experience should be the same. Below are some questions you can use for self-evaluation of your course. The first four sets can be used for any class. The last set is geared towards classes with an online component.
- Do students have opportunities to interact with and reflect on the content?
- Do students have opportunities to interact with their peers?
- Do students have opportunities to interact with the instructor?
- Are students an active part of the learning process?
- Are students required to do something other than listen/read in order to learn?
- Do students need to use higher order thinking skills (application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation)?
- Are there opportunities for both formal and informal assessments?
- Are assessments given regularly throughout the course?
- Do students receive feedback after each assessment?
- Does feedback to students provide specifics on what was done well or poorly?
- Is there a reasonable and stated timeframe within which students should receive feedback after an assignment?
- Is feedback given regularly throughout the course?
- Are students required to give feedback to each other through activities like discussion and peer grading?
- Is the course highly organized with a clear set of assignments each week, listed due dates, and thorough instructions?
- Is there a plan for regular and deliberate communication with students outside of the face-to-face sessions?
- How are the online and face-to-face sessions integrated so the course feels cohesive?
- Are all materials accessible and 508 compliant?
This might seem like a lot, but remember that there are huge benefits to online and hybrid learning experiences. Students really appreciate the flexibility and support that these courses offer, often at a reduced cost compared to face-to-face options.
BlendKit offers some great resources for blended learning QA that can help you at any stage of the process, including:
If you need extra support designing or implementing your course, talk to an instructional designer (like me!) or check out some of the many resources offered on the subject including:
And most of all, don’t forget to have fun!
Questions? Comments? Leave them below!
This is my final post about blended learning as I work my way through this MOOC.
For more, check out my previous posts on blended learning and my series on flipped learning: