Beginning the 2017-2018 academic year, 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 for students and faculty alike. The QOI initiative built upon our work with the Quality Matters course design standards.
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 establish 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 guidelines produced by the Faculty Senate subcommittee, Workgroup On Online Facilitation Standards (WOOFS), as well as information provided in the Faculty Evaluation Handbook. (Read the WOOFS Best Practices in Online Facilitation Guidelines.)
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?
QOI Course Review System
The QOI Course Review System is available to faculty at Chemeketa who are involved in course reviews.
The next review cycle will be announced during the Summer 2018 term.
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.