COURSE EVALUATION SCORECARD

The Online Learning Consortium has published a Quality Scorecard to be used to evaluate the quality of blended learning programs.  We have modified this document to be used to evaluate a blended course.

INSTITUTIONAL AWARENESS

ITEM ELEMENT SCORE
1 The instructor has a process to enable systematic and continuous improvement related to the administration of their blended course.
2 The instructor follows recommendations from their school/department/institution to enable clear, timely, effective, and comprehensive decision making related to their blended course.
3 The instructor can articulate the rationale for the blended activities they have created.
4 The instructor can communicate the strategic value of their blended learning approach to stakeholders (students, faculty, department).
5 The blended course supports the school/department/institution’s mission, accreditation standards, values, and/or strategic plan.
6 The instructor uses institutional offerings for planning and resource allocation for the blended course.
7 The instructor is aware of and tracks the time and resources they need to design, implement, and facilitate their blended course.
8 The instructor is aware of campus policies, guidelines, and solutions that confirm a student who registered in a blended course is the same student who participates in and completes course assignments.
9 The instructor is aware of and follows a process that ensures permissions  are in place for appropriate use of all course materials (Creative Commons, Copyright, Fair Use, Public Domain, etc).

TECHNOLOGY

ITEM ELEMENT SCORE
1 The instructor has received support in the development and use of new technologies deployed in their blended course.
2 The instructor has selected technologies that are supported by the institution and/or has developed alternate support plans to accommodate non-supported technologies.
3 The instructor has documented their technology support plan in their course syllabus.
4 The instructor has selected technologies that facilitates the achievement of identified learning outcomes, delivery of course content, and facilitation of active learning as to prevent the unnecessary use of technology.
5 The instructor has created instructional materials that are easily accessible to students regardless of the operative system they use.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

ITEM ELEMENT SCORE
1 The instructor has followed a course development process (ex. backward design process) that ensures courses are designed with alignment between course materials, assessments, and learning objectives to ensure students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the measurable identified learning outcomes of the course.
2 The instructor has followed campus standards for course creation, design, and delivery for blended courses (ex. course syllabus, course materials, assessment strategies, active learning activities).
3 The instructor has attempted to reduce cognitive load by designing their course to align with other blended courses (course elements, interface, navigation, etc).
4 The instructor has designed the blended course as a cohesive whole, incorporating and connecting both online and face-to-face experiences.
5 The blended course materials (both online and in-class) course assignments, and course syllabus are reviewed to ensure they meet the identified learning outcomes.
6 Course activities are reviewed to ensure contact hours guidelines are met.
7 The instructor has designed the course to be student centered and to foster active learning.
8 The blended course promotes both student-student, student-content, and student-instructor interactions.
9 The instructor has developed a plan to review the effectiveness (both pedagogical and technical) of course activities and a process to solicit feedback.
10 The instructor has a solid understanding of blended learning theory and practice.

COURSE STRUCTURE

ITEM ELEMENT SCORE
1 The blended course includes a syllabus outlining course objectives, unit objectives, evaluation methods, books and supplies required, technical and other support solutions.
2 The instructor has ensured all students, regardless of location, have access to learning materials used in the blended course.
3 The instructor has communicated expectations for student assignment completion, grading policy, and instructor response rate in the blended course syllabus.
4 The instructor has provided links to or an explanation of technical support resources for technologies used in the blended course.
5 The instructor has communicated rules and standards for appropriate student behavior and/or code of ethics in the blended course syllabus.
6 The instructor has ensured instructional materials are easily accessible by all students with disabilities.
7 The instructor has created a visually appealing and easily navigable blended course space.

ENGAGEMENT

ITEM ELEMENT SCORE
1 The instructor facilitates appropriate student-student, student-content, and student-instructor engagements.
2 The instructor feedback on student assignments and questions is constructive, actionable, and provided in a timely manner.
3 The instructor facilitates engaging, learner-centered experiences in both online and face-to-face activities.
4 The instructor provides students an understanding of the designed learning pathway and the learning objectives supported by activities.
5 The instructor builds connections between online and face-to-face activities to present the course as a coherent learning environment.

FACULTY SUPPORT

ITEM ELEMENT SCORE
1 The instructor knows where to get technical assistance throughout their course creation process (design, development, delivery, and evaluation.
2 The instructor knows where to get assistance with training on fair use, plagiarism, and other relevant legal and ethical concepts.
3 The instructor knows where to get assistance with the selection and use of technologies to create and deliver course activities and materials.
4 The instructor knows where to get a strong foundation of blended learning principles and approaches.

STUDENT SUPPORT

ITEM ELEMENT SCORE
1 Prior to the class, students are provided information regarding required course materials and/or digital formats such as ISBN numbers for textbooks, book suppliers, and delivery modes using the Course Guide.
2 At the beginning of the course, the instructor helps students understand the ways in which the blended course will operate for students (handing in materials, participating in online and face-to-face activities, technologies used, etc).
3 Throughout the course, the instructor provides students opportunities for training and information they will need to secure required materials through electronic databases, inter-library loan, and other resources.
4 Throughout the course, the instructor provides students appropriate training assistance and technical support for technologies they need to use.
5 Throughout the course, the instructor is available and responsive to students questions.

EVALUATION

ITEM ELEMENT SCORE
1 The instructor uses a variety of sources for data on effectiveness of the course (i.e., formal course evaluations, informal student surveys, student performance measurements, and instructor reflection).
2 The instructor reviews intended course and unit objectives to determine the need to make changes in alignment, clarity, design, appropriateness of cognitive level, required knowledge, etc.
3 Course evaluations collect feedback on effectiveness of support resources provided to students and identifies and communicates gaps to service providers.
4 Course evaluations collect student feedback on the effectiveness of instruction provided by instructor.
5 Course evaluations collect student feedback on the quality and usefulness of blended course activities.