Standards for Design: Part 30 – Requirements for learner interaction

Welcome to the thirtieth blog post in a forty-four week series walking through and explaining the Quality Matters standards.

This is the fourth and final standard in the fifth general standard of the Fifth Edition, 2014, Quality MattersTM Higher Education Rubric focusing on Learner Activities and Learner Interaction.  This post completes our discussion about creating meaningful Learner Activities and Learner Interaction and how they relate to the idea of Alignment to the Learning Objectives.

With finals, vacations and holidays coming soon, this will be the last standards post for 2014. I will finish up the last fourteen standards starting January 5, 2015.

But this doesn’t mean there won’t be any more December QM posts! As we wrap up 2014, I want to spend the next few weeks looking at what we as a QMmunity have accomplished this year, and look forward to what is in store for 2015!

Standard: 5.4 The requirements for learner interaction are clearly stated.

This is closely related to what we discussed back in Standards for Design: Part 18 – Specific and descriptive criteria.

In that post, we talked about having a rubric for assignments and essay questions on quizzes and exams. We discussed why a rubric important, as well as some questions to ask yourself, including how many posts and replies do the student need to make, is there a certain length the posts need to be, when are assignments due and are there special instructions that students need to follow. This can include instructions such as replying to your initial post over starting a new thread.

Standard 5.4 looks at these same criteria in regard to student discussion requirements. It is vital that students understand the requirements and expectations for them in regard to learner interactions.

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