Follow Up Friday

February 23, 2024

In case you missed it, the last post outlined the common myths associated with the Quality Matters course reviews. There are eight standards in the Quality Matters Rubric that outline best practices for course design. The focus of today’s post is the fourth standard: instructional materials.

The instructional materials should be purposeful; they contribute to the successful achievement of the learning objectives. The materials should be clearly explained so that students understand the relationship between the instructional materials and the completion of activities in the course. Will they use their analysis of this essay to make a discussion post? Does the quiz draw from material in the lecture video as well as the textbook? 

Courses should include a variety of instructional materials. One option is to include a variety of materials by type or format. A few examples of different instructional materials are textbooks, scholarly articles, videos, or podcasts. Another way to introduce variety is to make sure diverse perspectives are included. Do some of the authors disagree or demonstrate more than one approach to the content? Does the scholar hold a non-stereotypical perspective? 

Finally, instructional materials should be up to date and properly cited to reinforce the academic integrity standards of the course.

More information on all of the standards can be found on the most recent version of the Quality Matters Rubric.

Get Ready for Summer 2024

Do you plan to teach this summer? Clemson Online is proud to announce this year’s Summer teaching initiative. We have timely opportunities for instructors to gain experience in online course creation, teaching with Canvas, and the Quality Matters course improvement process.

Upcoming Events

Quick Hits: Canvas Basics

Thursday, March 7th, 3:30-4:00 PM

Join this training to learn more about Canvas fundamentals! Whether you have a specific question or want a Canvas tool demonstrated, this training opportunity is your time to work with one of our Learning Technology Specialists. When registering, choose whether to have a specific topic covered, enter your question, or both. 

Facilitated by our Learning Tech Team.

Registration: Quick Hits: Canvas Basics.
Modality: Virtual and synchronous—an Outlook Calendar invite, with the Zoom link, will be sent.

Workshop Wednesday: Microsoft Accessibility Checkers

Wednesday, February 13th, 1:30-2:30 PM

Join this training to learn more about Microsoft accessibility checkers! Accessibility is crucial in every class. In this training, our Accessibility Coordinator will guide you through using the helpful accessibility checker in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. 

Facilitated by Michelle Tuten, Accessibility Coordinator.

Registration: Workshop Wednesday: Microsoft Accessibility Checkers.
Modality: Virtual and synchronous—an Outlook Calendar invite, with the Zoom link, will be sent.

Clemson Online Spring 2024 Events Calendar

Review our Spring 2024 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!

We have a robust lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, presentations on group assignments in online courses, and workshops to get your Canvas site ready to teach!

All of our live training is recorded. Registrants will automatically receive a link to that day’s video after it has been processed.

Contact Millie Tullis with any questions regarding these sessions.

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