There are several different rubric-based online course evaluation programs run by individual universities, institutions, and for-profit enterprises. This page will provide information on exemplary rubrics from four such evaluation programs: Illinois Online Network's Quality Online Course Initiative's Rubric; MarylandOnline, Inc's Quality Matters Rubric; California State University Chico's Rubric for Online Instruction; and the Monterey Institute's Online Course Evaluation Project Rubric.
URLs for the Rubrics:
Quality Matters' Rubric: http://www.cvtc.edu/pages/272.asp
Chico Rubric: http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/resources/rubric/rubric.pdf
OCEP Rubric http://www.montereyinstitute.org/pdf/OCEP%20Evaluation%20Categories.pdf
Purpose of the Rubrics:
ION Rubric: This rubric is designed to be provide a common set of evaluation criteria for a diverse set of institutions and departments. According to their website it is intended to:
- to create a useful evaluation tool (rubric) that can help faculty develop quality online courses
- to identify "best practices" in online courses
- to be able to recognize faculty, programs, and institutions that are creating quality online courses
- The rubric is not tied to a specific methodology or review panel.
Quality Matters' Rubric: This is a proprietary rubric and is an integral part of MarylandOnline Inc.'s online course quality assurance program. Developed with a Department of Education grant, this rubric is designed to be used as part of a systematic approach to online evaluation which includes peer review.
Chico Rubric: The Chico Rubric is designed to self assess their online course material as well as provide a means for rewarding quality online teaching. From their website...
The rubric, then, is meant both to be used within specific contexts and review methodologies as well as a free standing document to be used in an ad hoc manner.
The Rubric for Online Instruction can be used in one of three ways at CSU, Chico.
- As a "self-evaluation" tool - assisting instructors how to revise their existing course to the rubric's suggestions.
- As a means for getting public recognition for exemplary online instruction - going through the nomination process.
- As a way to design a new course for the online environment, following the rubric as a roadmap.
OCEP Rubric: This rubric is designed to be used within a "team-based approach" for evaluating courses. According to their website
The goal of OCEP is to provide the academic community with a criteria-based evaluation tool to assess and compare the quality of online courses.
The OCEP rubric is meant to be used as part of their evaluation process.
| ION Rubric
|| Quality Matters Rubric
||Chico Rubric||Online Course Evaluation Project Rubric||Seven Principles|
|Instructional Design||Course Overview and Introduction|| Learner Support & Resources
||Course Developer and Distribution Models||encourages contact between students and faculty,|
|Communication, Interaction, & Collaboration|| Learning Objectives (Competencies)
|| Online Organization & Design
||Scope and Scholarship||develops reciprocity and cooperation among students|
| Student Evaluation and Assessment
|| Assessment and Measurement
||Instructional Design and Delivery|| User Interface
||encourages active learning|
|Learner Support & Resources|| Resources and Materials
||Assessment & Evaluation of Student Learning||Course Features and Media Values||gives prompt feedback|
|Web Design|| Learner Engagement
||Innovative Teaching wih Technology|| Assessments and Support Materials
||emphasizes time on task|
|Course Evaluation|| Course Technology
||Faculty Use of Student Feedback||Communication Tools and Interaction||communicates high expectations,|
|Learner Support|| Technology Requirements and Interoperability
||respects diverse talents and ways of learning|
| ADA Compliance
|| Developer Comments