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Welcome to the twenty-fifth blog post in a forty-four week series walking through and explaining the Quality Matters standards.
This is the sixth and final standard in the fourth general standard of the Fifth Edition, 2014, Quality MattersTM Higher Education Rubric focusing on Instructional Materials. This post continues our discussion about creating meaningful instructional materials and how they relate to the idea of Alignment to the Learning Objectives.
Standard: 4.6 The distinction between required and optional materials is clearly explained.
This is standards examines the need to make sure there is a distinction between required and optional assessments, activities and materials. The reason for this is to emphasize what materials are important to the student and which materials can be investigated beyond the materials that are required. By offering both required and optional materials, you are able to engage students at their interest level. You provide the required readings for those students who are aiming to meet the course objectives, and the optional materials for those individuals who may want to dive deeper into the topics.
An important note about the optional materials: these should not be assessed. If the assessments are going to relate to optional materials, it is important to make them required.
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Adapted from the Fifth Edition, 2014 Quality MattersTM Rubric © by The Ohio State University
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