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Rubric for Online Instruction

Rubric for Online Instruction

Do you need help to raise the quality of an online learning component? Use this Rubric for Online Instruction to evaluate existing courses, self-evaluate your own online course, or to help you design new online courses. The Rubric has been modified in 2009 to include some language to better align instruction guidelines with "accessibility for all." The companion piece "Instructional Design Tips for Online Learning" checklist is recommended to...

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Abir Ghenaiet
Abir Ghenaiet (Content Developer/Instructional Designer)
2 years ago
The rubric contains some information for online learner support and links to campus resources. It provides some course-specific resources, some contact information for instructor, department and program. It offers access to some resources supporting course content.
Laura Widenor
Laura Widenor (Staff)
3 years ago
The CHICO rubric is a comprehensive review tool that takes into account a student-centered online environment and encourages best practices. It can be used by an evaluator or an instructor to think through the structure and practices in an online course. The tool is Creative Commons licensed.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 4 hours
Minjuan Wang
Minjuan Wang (Administrator)
7 years ago

CHICO rubric is well-known and widely used. The rubrics are well-developed, comprehensive and highly applicable to course design and teaching. There are rubrics in each of the following areas:

  • Learner Support and Resources
  • Online Organization and Design
  • Instructional Design and Delivery
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning
  • Innovative Teaching with Technology
  • Faculty Use of Student Feedback

Design of the Site: I would suggest enlarge the Top Menu. I found it in my third visit to the site. During the first two visits, I was not able to find the rubrics.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Carlos Sanchez-Lozano
Carlos Sanchez-Lozano (Consultant)
8 years ago
This is a very interesting rubric and I will only evaluate this material, although it seems that now it is part of the QOLT Instrument. I found myself also checking the new instrument. Even in this form, I find it is very useful as it does include several areas that should be well developed in online learning. The PDF file allows to visually check major course components.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Beth Hundey
Beth Hundey (Staff)
8 years ago

Rubric is clear and well laid out. A printable copy of the rubric is also available.

Important criteria for online course design and implementation are included.  

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Deborah Genet
Deborah Genet (Faculty)
10 years ago

This is valuable content but I am concerned because it is copyrighted material. I thought all content on MERLOT was to be OER?

Bonnie Riedinger
Bonnie Riedinger (Administrator)
10 years ago

The link to this rubric is dead (page not found).

Time spent reviewing site: unable to review. Link dead.
Bonnie Riedinger
Bonnie Riedinger (Administrator)
10 years ago

The link to this rubric is dead (page not found).

Time spent reviewing site: unable to review. Link dead.
Lorna Kearns
Lorna Kearns (Staff)
12 years ago

Easy to use, navigate, and understand. Just the right amount of information for an online course evaluation rubric that you can access quickly and begin using right away.

Sue Schmidt
Sue Schmidt (Faculty)
15 years ago
This site provided a very comprehensive rubric for assessing the quality of an online course. An excellent enhancement was access to a checklist of actual functions and content that complements the level of attaining the rubrics rating scale, e.g. baseline, effective, exemplary were also provided. Each year, exemplary courses using WebCT and Blackboard are chosen based on these rubrics and poster images of the faculty selected are posted on the site as well. This information not only provides clear guidance to achieve goals but also a way to acknowledge the excellence demonstrated in implementing quality online instruction.