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About

About

OSCQR.SUNY.EDU is a free and openly-licensed resource developed as a companion to the OSCQR rubric that significantly expands and enhances the explanations and examples that correspond to each OSCQR standard.

OSCQR.SUNY.EDU can be used as a stand-alone informational website, but is intended to be used in conjunction the OSCQR rubric as a resource to provide more in-depth explanations of each standard, provide ideas and examples of how to address each standard, to provide citations and information that support each standard, and to facilitate additional contributions crowd-sourced from the users of OSCQR.

We need your input and contributions! You are invited to submit additional examples, links, resources, citations, suggestions, additions, and edits for consideration as additions to expand and enhance this resource.

*Suggestions will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. Submission is not a guarantee of inclusion in the resource. 

The OSCQR Process

The OSCQR Process

The OSCQR Process provides a Framework and Dashboard that supports a campus-tailored and scalable approach to improving the instructional design of online or blended courses.

    • The Framework includes:
      1. A Course Review that results in an Action Plan to improve the design of the online course.
      2. The Course Refresh prioritizes and targets specific improvements suggested in the Action Plan  for improvements.
      3. A Learning Review that identifies and determines the next set of improvements for continuous online course quality improvement.

oscqr process illustration showing circular process of course review and refresh, course delivery support, and continuous improvement

 

 

OSCQR provides a process, an online dashboard, and interactive rubric to systematically review and refresh the instructional design and accessibility of online and blended courses, as well as complete online degree programs. We invite collaboration and feedback on the use of OSCQR and  input and suggestions from the community.


Working with multi institutional teams of SUNY online instructional designers, librarians, distance learning directors, and technologists, the OSCQR team started with the Chico rubric, 20 years of SLN research-informed best online practices, the SUNY office of general counsel’s memorandum on accessibility considerations, and conducted a gap analysis with Quality Matters, iNACOL, and the Blackboard exemplary courses. The resulting rubric was also informed by the Community of Inquiry model (Garrison, Anderson, and Archer, 2000), The 7 Principles for Good practice in Undergraduate Education (Chickering & Gamson, 1987), The Adult Learner (Malcom Knowles, 1973), Bloom’s Taxonomy (Bloom et al., 1956) and How People Learn (Bransford et al., 1999), and mapped to the Open SUNY fundamental competencies for online teaching

Explanation, Evidence & Examples

Explanation, Evidence & Examples

The rubric provides the reviewer with additional resources for each standard, including:

  1. A full explanation of the standard, including a micro-learning video designed to explain the standard and share examples.
  2. A list of examples, ideas, and suggestions to improve, or address the standard as a supplement, or to inform the reviewers recommendations.
  3. Related research that provides reputable evidence and scholarly support for the standard.
  4. Effective practices from TOPR and OLC (if any).
  5. The opportunity to submit examples, evidence, and best practices for consideration to be added to the site.

 

About OSCQR

About OSCQR

Our goal is to ensure that all online courses meet quality instructional design and accessibility standards, and are regularly and systematically reviewed, refreshed, and improved to reflect campus guidelines and research-based online effective practices.

SUNY Online, in collaboration with campuses throughout the SUNY system, developed an online course design rubric and process that addresses the instructional design and accessibility of an online course. The rubric is openly licensed for anyone to use and adapt. The aim of the OSCQR SUNY Online Course Quality Review Rubric and Process is to support continuous improvements to the quality and accessibility of online courses, while also providing an approach to collect data that can be used to inform faculty development and support large-scale online course design review and refresh efforts systematically and consistently.

Open SUNY/OLC partnership history
OSCQR Version Development Timeline, History & the SUNY Online/ OLC Partnership.

Work on the design of the new Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) was initiated in August 2013, as one aspect of the the new Open SUNY set of initiatives envisioned by (now former) Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s bold strategic “system-ness” effort to take online education to the next level of scale at SUNY. Open SUNY+ was conceived and implemented as a set of  SUNY fully online degree programs specifically identified to meet New York State workforce development needs, and selected to receive certain centrally-provided supports and services and provide certain programmatic “signature elements” to qualify for the “+” designation, such as an online student “concierge, ” and early alerts system, and meeting online course quality standards, etc. OSCQR was developed as the focus of the Open SUNY COTE “Course Supports” work stream. To best meet the unique needs, scale, and context of the Open SUNY+ initiative, and taking the SUNY Learning Network’s long history, success, and expertise in supporting online course quality and online faculty development, it was decided to build an online interactive online course quality rubric, dashboard, and process, rather than adopting an existing product/model. OSCQR was designed with input from campus stakeholders, and its design was refined as it was implemented by the cohorts of pilot testers and users in the first 2 Waves of the Open SUNY+ programs. A full list of acknowledgements and participants can be found here. OSCQR was intentionally designed to be flexible, extensible, non-evaluative, and openly licensed. It was not conceived as an online course quality measure, or evaluation tool, it is intended as an online instructional design and faculty development resource and process to support the varied continuous improvement efforts of online instructional designers and online faculty in online course design and accessibility. How OSCQR uniquely differs from other tools ca is detailed here.

OLC Quality Scorecards

 

 

In November 2016, a partnership was formed between Open SUNY (now SUNY Online) and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). OLC adopted OSCQR as one of their online quality scorecards to provide a course-level online quality process, tools, and resources for the systematic review, refresh, and continuous improvement of online courses. This allowed us the opportunity to share OSCQR with the broader OLC community and to partner with them on the next generation of the digital interactive OSCQR rubric and dashboard.

  • OLC OSCQR .pdf Rubric Downloads. From Feb 2019 to Feb 17, 2021 there have been 6,432 downloads of the OSCQR self-assessment rubric from OLC.
  • Number of people that have taken the OLC ID #4 OSCQR course. From August 1, 2019 to August 1, 2020, 107 people have successfully completed the ID4 course (117 total people participated in ID4, including completes and incomplete)
        • Overall ID4 completions since inception: 522 have been trained to use OSCQR by OLC via their Online Instructional Designer Certificate program (which was also adopted from SUNY).