6 Tips to Curate Comprehensive Instructional Materials for Student Success

November 26, 2018

Developing an effective online course can be a bit challenging. Taking into account multiple factors – the nature of the content, the characteristics of your learners, and the role of the school community in shaping learning. You’re a pro, but it’s not always easy. And to truly find success, a newly minted online course requires a strong score (13 points to be exact) on the Quality Matters Instructional Materials Rubric.

But wait. “What is Quality Matters? Rubric?”, You may ask. Well, let’s level set for a minute.

A Quality Matters refresher:

With online learning, everyone has a goal. Learners need to improve and grow. You work to nurture them with well-conceived, well-designed, well-presented courses and programs. Quality Matters’ (QM) purpose — as a non-profit, quality assurance organization — is to provide a system of general standards to help you deliver engaging online courses.

And that’s where QM research-supported Rubrics really shine: they provide objective, evidence-based ways to evaluate the components of online learning. The Instructional Materials section is one that aligns with what Ed Map has known for years: connecting people and technology enhances the discovery, management, and access to quality and engaging course materials. That helps institutions promote student learning and, of course, lower costs and improve outcomes all around.

Instructional Materials Rubric

So, how do you score the maximum 13 points on the Quality Matters Instructional Materials Rubric?

To peak your interest, I’ll give you a quick tip. Innovations have changed how people learn new information. Instructional designers today have a tremendous number of tools and resources available to them to create highly engaging courses. The ability to curate a multiverse of course material options like eTextbooks or freely available Open Educational Resources (OER) connects students to course content in new and exciting ways. Moving online learning toward a world filled with learner-centered, customizable, and up-to-date course materials. Here at Ed Map, we know the possibilities are vast and helping you navigate the changing landscape of course materials is a top priority.

Download the below scorecard we created just for you. A great resource to share with your colleagues as well. It’s filled with tips on how to focus more on learning rather than teaching, checking for copyright clearance, to supporting different learning styles in all your online course designs.

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Want to learn more? Be sure to watch our video “From the Experts: How to Scale up OER and Digital Resources at Your Institution” from a panel of academic trailblazers sharing their insights to help you take the next step toward increasing the availability of digital content, including OER, at your institution. Click here.

Mark Christensen

Senior Director of Marketing

Mark Christensen has worked in K–12 and higher education in various roles throughout his career from teacher to administrator to ed-tech marketing communications. He currently works with Ed Map, helping institutions navigate today’s dynamic and changing content landscape. He holds his MBA in Marketing from Rivier University and his Ed.D. in Curriculum & Technology from Plymouth State University/Argosy.

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