Beginning in 2017, online instruction at Chemeketa will be guided by the following Quality Online Instruction standards. These standards were developed by a committee comprised of faculty and administrators to ensure high quality online instruction and establish the foundation for a positive online experience by students and faculty alike.
What are the QOI standards?
The QOI standards are a framework of required minimum expectations to develop an online course at Chemeketa. The standards include the following components:
- Course Organization and Design
- Instructor Presence and Facilitation
- Student Services and Access/Accessibility levels
The standards also establishes a process to review existing courses to ensure they align to established minimum standards. The process additionally provides an on-going review cycle that will provide faculty opportunities for:
- Internal peer review
The QOI standards are also aligned with the work of the Faculty Senate subcommittee on online facilitation standard, as well as information provided in the Faculty Evaluation Handbook.
Why establish these standards?
The QOI standards provide a higher benchmark for quality online instruction and expand the scope of the Quality Matters course review program. The standards provide an on-going and sustainable process for Chemeketa, while also maintaining alignment with national trends in online quality assurance.
The QOI standards are based on research in online instruction and on current guidelines for online/blended instruction, including: Quality Matters, Portland Community College’s “What Works” guidelines, Illinois Online Network’s Rubric, Chico State’s Rubric of Online Instruction, and Western Carolina’s OCAT peer-assessment tool.
How will the process work?
Next steps and more information
A small-scale pilot of the QOI standards and course review process is scheduled for fall term 2016 and implementation is scheduled for winter term 2017.
For more information about the QOI standards and course review process please contact Tech Hub faculty, Beth Hale or Colin Stapp, in the eLearning and Academic Technology Department, Salem Campus 9/016, or 503.399.7173.