A 'Just-in-Time' Pragmatic Approach to Creating Quality Matters-Informed Online Courses

Murillo, A., & Jones, K. M. L. (2020). A “just-in-time”pragmatic approach to creating Quality Matters-informed online courses. Information and Learning Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-04-2020-0087

16 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2020

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Angela P. Murillo

Indiana University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Kyle M. L. Jones

Indiana University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Purpose:
Quality Matters is one of the most widely regarded standards for online course design. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many instructors have needed to quickly convert face-to-face classes into an online environment. However, many instructors do not have online education expertise. Standards such as Quality Matters can help guide the creation of quality online course environments. This paper provides a research-based and pragmatic approach for creating QM-informed online courses.

Design/methodology/approach:
The Quality Matters Standards Rubric consists of eight General and 42 Specific Review Standards. Each standard was analyzed to determine the ease of implementation and implementation approach for a Quality Matters-informed online course template.

Findings:
Of the 42 specific review standards, 16 (38%) are easily achievable, 20 (48%) are achievable, but required some intervention, and six (14%) are difficult to achieve through a course template.

Practical Implications:
This study provides guidance for implementing Quality Matters-informed online course design. As many instructors without an instructional design or online education background now need to conduct online classes, Quality Matters provides structure and guidance to assist with creating high-quality learning environments. As receiving formal Quality Matters certification is time-consuming and requires peer- review, this research provides guidance to create Quality Matters-informed online courses in a timely manner.

Originality/value:
This study is particularly timely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will help prepare instructors for any second-wave scenarios. Furthermore, through providing guidance on the creation of Quality Matters- informed online course design, this paper will help instructors have a greater chance of instructional success for online course delivery.

Keywords: Quality Matters, Online Education, Distance Education, Online Instructional Design, Standards, Course Design

Suggested Citation

Murillo, Angela and Jones, Kyle, A 'Just-in-Time' Pragmatic Approach to Creating Quality Matters-Informed Online Courses (2020). Murillo, A., & Jones, K. M. L. (2020). A “just-in-time”pragmatic approach to creating Quality Matters-informed online courses. Information and Learning Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-04-2020-0087, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3622567 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3622567

Angela Murillo

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