Montclair State University recommends using the Orientation-Content-Interaction-Assessment (OCIA) model and course template when designing online and hybrid courses. Our model and template were guided by the nationally recognized Quality Matters Program (QM) in order to ensure high-quality online/hybrid education. This enables faculty and Instructional Designers to work collaboratively to enhance online/hybrid teaching and learning outcomes.
- Orientation: The orientation sets the learning context for each learning module and includes learning objectives, module requirements, and perspective.
- Content: Each learning module’s content includes all information students need to begin the learning process and engage with concepts introduced.
- Interaction: Include multiple opportunities for interaction and reflection in your course design by using discussion forums, blogs, wikis, web conferencing, online hours, and group activities.
- Assessment: Assessment is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have achieved the objectives you challenged them to master.
You can explore a public version of the MSU Canvas Online/Hybrid Course Template: MSU Canvas Online/Hybrid course Please note that links to Discussions in the Modules area will not work for you since you are not the teacher of this course. Should you click one of them, feel free to use your browser back button to return to the course template. You may request a copy of this template for your use.
Quality Matters Rubric
The Quality Matters Program (QM) suggests and provides guidelines on how to develop and maintain high-quality online and hybrid courses. As a member of QM, MSU is committed to integrating the rubric into our online course design process. Access a full version of the QM Rubric Standards 2014 edition with assigned point values.
Rubric for Online Instruction from California State University
California State University, Chico, has developed a comprehensive Rubric for Online Instruction designed to clarify what a high-quality course looks like.
How Do I Get Started with Course Design?
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