Quality Assurance for Online Courses

In an effort to ensure the highest level of course quality, student experience and engagement, the University of Florida subscribes to the Online Learning Consortium Quality Scorecard, The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric and the UF Standards and Markers of Excellence.

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The Online Learning Consortium Quality Scorecard. This scorecard is for measuring and quantifying elements of quality within online education programs in higher education. The Quality Scorecard has eight areas in which institutions are measured and they include:

- Institutional Support
- Course Development & Instructional Design
- Teaching & Learning
- Evaluation & Assessment
- Technology Support
- Course Structure
- Social & Student Engagement
- Faculty Support
- Student Support

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The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014 is a set of 8 General Standards and 43 Specific Review Standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. The Rubric is complete with Annotations that explain the application of the Standards and the relationship among them. A scoring system and set of online tools facilitate the review by a team of Peer Reviewers.

- Course Overview and Introduction
- Learning Objectives (Competencies)
- Assessment and Measurement
- Instructional Materials
- Course Activities and Learner Interaction
- Course Technology
- Learner Support
- Accessibility and Usability

The University of Florida Quality Assurance Committee has developed standards for online course quality. The standards provide a framework for the development, self-review, and peer review of online courses. The standards are regularly updated to reflect changes and improvements in online education. In 2018, the UF Standards and Markers of Excellence (UFSME) underwent a major transformation to become the UF+QM rubric (canvas login required).

For full details on the Florida Quality Online Course Review process visit teach.ufl.edu.

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