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Friday, December 09, 2016

OLC launches three new scorecard modules for institutional assessment | Education Dive

"The new scorecards are designed to help institutions offer stronger assessments of classroom engagement, course accessibility and usage of best teaching practices." continues Education Dive.  
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Dive Brief:
  • Campus Technology profiles three new offerings from the Online Learning Consortium, designed to help academic officials create more detailed views of classroom efficiency and engagement with students in digital or blended learning environments.  
  • The three new modules measure course design, classroom engagement and accessibility for students across a broad range of academic ability or learning experience. 
  • More than 400 colleges and universities use the OLC scorecard resources, which now offer five review and assessment tools for improving student outcomes. 
Dive Insight:  

Many colleges and universities utilize dashboards to gather information from students, faculty, and staff about institutional performance, strengths and weaknesses. But a system of tools designed around the best practices of peer institutions is a good system by which schools can measure the effectiveness or reach of their own engagement strategies, and to add elements which they may not have considered along areas of race, gender, age or income. 
While these tools are designed specifically for online learning courses, all colleges serving a diverse pool of students could also utilize these scorecards to ensure high-levels of engagement, and to present the data to state and federal lawmakers to demonstrate efforts for accountability and good fiscal stewardship of money invested in the academic enterprise. 

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Source: Education Dive