Quality Matter

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As an educator is if part of our professionalism to reflect upon our craft, just as we evaluate and reflect on our students academic efforts and achievements.  Every quality online learning model needs a rubric to be measured by.  Below is an example of an rubric designed to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of an OLM.

Element Description Important to Branches of Government OLM
Tools and Media The tools and media are used in ways that keeps student engages. The tools and media are also appropriate for the age and technical experience of the students. In order to be fully engaged students must be familiar with Schoology as well as the other forms of technology that will be used throughout the lesson.
Learning Objectives Learning objectives have been clearly states for the students in appropriate language. Learning objectives are necessary in order to measure student growth and achievement. It is important that students are familiar with the learning objectives from the start in order to make appropriate connection as the learning takes place
Learner Support Learner support focus’ on what the teacher can/should do beyond the delivery of content. Learner support is a critical component of effective learning. In a blended learning environment it is crucial to support the student through digital resources as well as through face-to-face interaction.
Digital Citizenship/ Netiquette Student will actively practice the do’s and don’t’s of digital etiquette. Students will be communicating with and providing feedback to peers. Student must be respectful and helpful in doing so.
Multiple Resources Students are exposed to multiple resources, including text, video, lecture and online resources. Student will gain a better understanding of the content related to the learning objectives when multiple resources are introduced. Students are also encouraged to find and use outside resources.
Assessment The assessment measure the states learning objectives. Assessment are an indicator of how well students have learned the content related to the intended learning objectives. A variety of assessment will be used in order to accurately showcase students’ understanding of the content and mastery of the learning objectives.
Opportunities for Higher Order Thinking Student will have opportunities to engage in Higher Order Thinking. ie: evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and apply. The use of higher order thinking skills is part of Schoology blog posts and face-to-face discussion. Students will evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and apply knowledge as part of formative assessment.
Feedback Feedback will:

●      Reinforces the course learning objectives

●      Gives the opportunity to improve performance.

●      Fosters communication about learning between the instructor and the student.

●      Supports positive self-esteem.

Feedback both to and from students encourages student learning and course improvement. This in an important element since this will be the first run of the OLM.
Course Activities and Learner Interaction Course activities must provide opportunities for students to interact with each other, the instructor, and the course content to support active learning. Student will respond to peers and the teacher through the Schoology blog as well as through the peer review process.
Organization The organization of the OLM will scaffold student learning and achievement through a logical and meaningful classroom design. Using the capabilities of Schoology to create a logical and meaningful classroom design will help student view the learning environment as organized.
Element Description / Why not implemented into Branches of Government OLM
Attendance Requirements Attendance requirement hold students accountable for the course workload. However in this case the school attendance policy would blanket the OLM. Furthermore, my class is a once a week class for students and making any other attendance requirement would not be supported by the school community.
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies The purpose of an Acceptable User Policy is to provide the procedures, rules, guidelines and codes of conduct for the use of technology. However, in the case on this OLM the school Acceptable User Policy would cover and concerns.
Prerequisite Skills Addressed Students come to the classroom with a broad range of skills. However addressing the prerequisite skills of this OLM is not necessary because it is intended for 4th grade students and will be taught in the fall. The skills necessary for this OLM are covered in 3rd grade and are part of my student growth measurement required by my school district.
Introduction An introduction is a way to establish a community of learners. However in this case the students have significant interaction.   Due to the limited amount of time I see my students each week there is a limited benefit going through the motions of formal introduction for the sake of the OLM.
Accessibility Having access to computers, Internet access and the appropriate application is a significant concern within education. However, in the case of this OLM this is not a major concern given that fact that the course is blended and students have the necessary accessibility within the limits of my classroom/computer lab.