Analyzing your course prior to teaching to improve quality and inclusivity.
The success of a course is largely a combination of course design, teaching and student factors. Evaluating your course before you teach, and ensuring it is constructed effectively, can help reduce problems before they occur and reduce complexity in troubleshooting during teaching. There are several areas a course can be evaluated and improved before teaching:
If you want to know more about these topics and how to incorporate them into your course, see the above links or previous sections on design and build. On this page, we will offer several evaluation rubrics to review your overall course design. However, we will primarily focus on SUNY OSCQR (SUNY Online Course Quality Review Rubric). Additionally, we will review the Ally feature in UB Learns, an automated tool to improve accessibility.
The following rubrics organize courses into several essential areas such as design, activities and accessibility. Additionally, they offer criteria for evaluating these in your course as well as ideas for improvement.
This rubric assesses:
The QCTIP Scorecard is designed to review the overall classroom experience, measuring areas such as learning foundations, faculty engagement, student engagement and course fundamentals.
The SUNY Online Course Quality Review Rubric (OSCQR) is an openly licensed tool to assist instructors and instructional staff in reviewing courses for quality and effectiveness. The OSCQR uses empirical research to identify pedagogical best practices, provide formative feedback and help support continuous improvements. It can be used both as a guide to enhance existing courses and to develop new ones.
When you have completed your course design review, the next step is to determine data collection to evaluate the implementation of your course.