More than a year ago, MVU began developing rigorous standards to guide the design and evaluation of online course
quality. Based on decades of research and the work of the best minds in the field of Instructional Design, we
have recently completed a comprehensive set of standards that can now be used to design and evaluate online
14th Annual Instructional Technology Institute Presentation
We are presenting at this years annual conference. If you are interested in getting a copy of our
powerpoint presentation, click here.
What is Instructional Design?
Instructional Design is the science
of instruction. Based on research and observations about effective teaching and learning practices, Instructional
Design has been used in the fields of both Education and Training to aid in the development and
assessment of instructional practices across content areas and settings.
"Open Source" Standards
At MVU, we feel that it's important to share with the community. That's why we've made our standards
available here for all to see and use. Read the Overview of our standards or
take a look at our standards, including benchmarks, measurement criteria and prescriptions
for quality online learning. Download our Course Evaluator tool - a detailed
check-list based on our standards to help you measure the quality of your own online course. We would
also be interested in your suggestions, comments or other feedback you may have.
NEW! Accessibility Standards
Since the release of our standards and tool, we have received over 300,000 hits to our web site!
As a result, we have received a significant amount of very valuable feedback from you. One of
the biggest requests was that we consider developing Accessibility standards. We are pleased to
announce that we have just completed this process. Based on WAI Priority 1 Standards and with
the help of the people and resources available at WebAIM
and the World Wide Web Consortium, we have added 11 new
Accessibility standards to our site. The Course Evaluator has now been
updated to reflect these new standards.