Online Learning Effectiveness

With our aim to encourage the effective practice of online learning at Miami University, our office ensures the consistency of the university's academic excellence by focusing on several key areas: quality standards for online courses, program evaluation, faculty development, and state authorization.

Assessment

Quality Standards for Online Courses

In order to assess the quality of online course offerings, Miami Online has developed an initial Quality Standards for Miami Online Courses scorecard. This Miami-specific set of quality standards incorporates and builds upon industry best practices and various existing quality review processes (e.g. Quality Matters, Online Learning Consortium's OSCQR). Every course that receives Miami Online's full support achieves a score of 85 percent or higher, surpassing expectations set by industry peers.

Program Evaluation

The Miami Online Program Agreement (MOPA) indicates that a course must be fully developed and meet or surpass quality standard expectations. If a course does not meet these standards, the online course cannot be authorized for use in a Miami Online program.

Faculty Development

All faculty members teaching a Miami Online course complete the self-paced Basics of Online Teaching & Learning training course, which encompasses educational technology essentials, effective online pedagogy, and course design and delivery. After conducting a needs analysis, each faculty member receives a personal Online Faculty Development Plan that highlights additional key knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to advance or improve as an online instructor. Additionally, Miami Online faculty receive personal, one-on-one support from learning designers.

Outside of Miami Online programs and courses, our office supports the university at large through numerous training and development opportunities, technology and pedagogy resources, and ongoing outreach.

State Authorization

Miami University adheres to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, commonly known as SARA. The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) supports the state authorization process for the university's distance learning offerings and provides information about programs that may lead to professional licensure. Additionally, all newly approved Miami Online programs are reviewed for their specific needs and requirements on an individual basis in an effort to further ensure state authorization compliance.

Learn more about state authorization and professional licensure on Miami Online's State Authorization page.