Standards for Design: Part 34 – Current Course Technologies

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

This is the fourth standard in the sixth general standard of the Fifth Edition, 2014, Quality MattersTM Higher Education Rubric focusing on Course Technology. This post continues our discussion about technology used in the online or hybrid course and how they relate to the idea of Alignment to the Learning Objectives.

Standard: 6.4 The course technologies are current.

In previous few blogs we discussed three characteristic important to classroom technology and distance education: making certain that the course technologies align with the course learning objectives, being sure that they promoted active learning, and making certain that the tools are easily obtainable. This week’s standard looks at the important of ensuring that all of those technologies and tools are current.

Some popular educational technologies include an LMS, synchronous video conferencing tools, Blogs, Wikis, mobile applications, and simulations for varying assignments. You don’t need to have all of those tools in the course and there are certainly many more available beyond this list.

The tools provided in the supported ODEE toolkit would help meet several QM standards, including this week’s. We went over a list of the supported tools in the “Standards for Design: Part 31 – Aligned Course Tools” Blog on January 12, 2015.

This is not to say that you can’t use other tools in your course; however there are a few caveats to keep in mind. First, educational tools must be accessible for students who need special assistance. Second, students should not be required to sign up for third party website. Finally, you as the instructor take the responsibility for supporting the technologies if students have technical issues with the outside websites.

Contact The Ohio State University Quality Matter Coordinator, Tim Lombardo at to learn more about Quality Matters and learn more how OSU faculty and staff can be compensated for the cost of training through the ODEE Quality Matters Grants.

All Quality Matters related ODEE Distance Education blog posts can be found at the Quality Matters category of the ODEE Distance Education Blog


Adapted from the Fifth Edition, 2014 Quality MattersTM Rubric © by The Ohio State University

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