Standards for Online Course Design Adopted by Blackboard

Grace Hall, Quality Matters, Aug 09, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"The Quality Matters Program is proud to announce that Blackboard Inc. has become QM's first learning management system subscriber. Under this agreement, Blackboard will adopt QM standards internally and recommend the QM standards for course design to its thousands of client institutions. As a result of the partnership between Blackboard and QM, Blackboard professional staff will be trained by QM to deliver the Applying the QM Rubric training and QM Program Overview to Blackboard ConsultingSM clients. Blackboard client institutions who choose to include course design consultation in their engagements with Blackboard will become QM subscribers. The terms for the new subscribers will be equivalent to institutions that subscribe through statewide agreements."

"The partnership with Blackboard does not affect QM's educational non-profit status. QM will continue to serve institutions using other commercial, proprietary and home grown learning management system platforms. QM standards will remain platform neutral. This agreement will increase QM's visibility and broader adoption among Blackboard's clients. The agreement moves QM closer to its goal of becoming the consensus national standard for online course design in education, and it supports QM's mission to foster the integration of best practice standards to improve the quality of online education." . . .
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