Quality Online Course Initiative Rubric

Decorative: "Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Rubric"


A. "Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Rubric" (web page) introduces a rubric for online courses (updated 2018) designed "to reflect the research and best practices in online learning as well as the changed technologies and practices in creating accessible courses."

1. Links to the Rubric

The QOCI RRubric is "[a] tool to assist in the design, redesign, and/or evaluation of online courses":

2. "The goal ... [is] [t]o help colleges and universities to improve accountability of their online courses."

"The main objectives of this project were to":

  • "[C]reate a useful evaluation tool (rubric) that can help faculty develop quality online courses"
  • "[I]dentify 'best practices' in online courses"
  • "[R]ecognize faculty, programs, and institutions that are creating quality online courses"

B. The Rubric

1. QOCI Rubric Categories

a. Instructional Design

  • "[R]efers to the analysis of learning needs and the systemic approach of developing an online course in a manner that facilitates the transfer of knowledge and skills to the learner through the use of a variety of instructional methods, which relate to multiple learning styles, strategies, and preferences"

b. Communication, Interaction, and Collaboration 

  • "[A]ddresses how the course design, assignments, and technology effectively encourage exchanges amongst the instructor, students, and content"

c. Student Evaluation & Assessment 

  • "[R]efers to the process your institution uses to determine student achievement and quality of work, including the assigning of grades"

d. Learner Support and Resources 

  • "[R]efers to program, academic, and/or technical resources available to learners"

e. Web Design

  • "[R]efers to the use of Web pages, graphics, multimedia, and accessibility standards in the web pages of a course which are under the course developer’s control"

f. Course Evaluation 

  • "[R]efers to the processes and mechanisms used to elicit feedback from learners for the purpose of course improvement"

2. QOCI Evaluation Scale

  • "Non-Existent: The criterion is not present, but should be, based on course design and content; or present, but not appropriate for this course."
  • "Developing: Some evidence of this criterion, but it needs to be presented more clearly or better developed."
  • "Meets: Evidence of this criterion is clear and is appropriate for this course. More could possibly be added."
  • "Exceeds: Evidence of this criterion is clear, appropriate for this course, and demonstrates practice that is exemplary in its use."
  • "N/A: Not applicable based on course design and content."
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