NEWBURYPORT, Mass., Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning, today announced the expansion of its Quality Scorecard suite, with the addition of three new scorecards.
The OLC Quality Scorecard uses research-based benchmarks and standards of excellence to help higher education institutions evaluate their online and blended learning programs. Institutions use the scorecard to determine strengths and opportunities for improvement of their programs, and to initiate planning efforts to address areas that require enhancement.
"The OLC Quality Scorecard has become the trusted tool for administrators to identify, measure and quantify elements of quality within their online education programs," said Kathleen Ives, DM, chief executive officer and executive director, OLC. "Just as educators continue to seek out ideal learning environments and share effective practices for advancing quality, OLC will continue to expand the Quality Scorecard suite to support and guide their efforts."
In addition to giving an institution a means to convey confidence in the quality of its programs to prospective students, the scorecard can be used to demonstrate the quality of online programs to higher education accrediting bodies. Plus, it can serve as an internal planning tool for institutions launching new programs or transforming mature programs.
The expanded OLC Quality Scorecard suite now includes scorecards for:
- Administration of Online Programs (PDF and interactive versions; Available in English or Spanish). This is the original OLC Quality Scorecard, used by hundreds of institutions to measure the quality of their online programs.
- Blended Learning Programs (PDF and interactive versions). This scorecard, like the original OLC Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs, provides quality metrics for each of 70 indicators. In this case, those metrics measure quality of blended learning programs, combining the best characteristics of online and traditional learning formats.
- OSCQR Course Design Review (PDF version). OLC's first course-level scorecard is made available through a partnership with Open SUNY. Comprised of 50 standards that draw from best practices in instructional design and accessibility, it can be used to identify and create action plans for continuous improvement. The PDF version is currently available, and the interactive version will be coming online in 2017.
- Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice (QCTIP) (PDF version). This comprehensive scorecard has been designed to evaluate the overall digital classroom experience. The tool can be used as a comprehensive overview of the course environment or any of its four sections can be used independently: QCTIP: Course Fundamentals, QCTIP: Learning Foundations, QCTIP: Faculty Engagement, and QCTIP: Student Engagement.
- Digital Courseware Instructional Practice (DCIP) (PDF version). This ancillary scorecard focuses on attributes related to using digital courseware that result in a positive impact on student success, especially for students from minority, first-generation, low-income or other disadvantaged backgrounds.
All scorecards are available in PDF format, with interactive formats currently available for Online Programs and Blended Learning Programs. More interactive versions are planned for release in 2017.
More information about the OLC Quality Scorecard suite is available online at http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/consult/olc-quality-scorecard-suite/.
About Online Learning Consortium
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. The member-sustained organization offers an extensive set of resources for professional development and institutional advancement of online learning, including, original research, leading-edge instruction, best-practice publications, community-driven conferences and expert guidance. OLC members include educators, administrators, trainers and other online learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. Visit http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/ for more information.
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