The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) just announced two new partnerships. The first is with the State University of New York’s Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) and Center for Professional Development (CPD). This alliance will initially focus on providing access to Open SUNY’s instructional design certificate program through the OLC Institute.
In addition, OLC members will have access to Open SUNY’s OSCQR scorecard, a course-level quality rubric for reviewing and improving the instructional design and accessibility of online courses, which earned an OLC Effective Practice Award. A downloadable PDF version of the OSCQR Rubric is available immediately, with an interactive version coming online in 2017.
The second partnership is with Drexel University Online (DUO) and will give the OLC community access to DUO’s “Virtually Inspired” website, which features a series of high-quality videos highlighting how educators are inventing the future of connected learning, using the latest technologies – from virtual reality, robotics, and holography, to real-time videoconferencing, gamification, and wearables.
“Our partnerships with SUNY and DUO are grounded by a mutual commitment to advance the quality of online learning,” said Kathleen Ives, DM, chief executive officer and executive director, OLC. “We are delighted to be collaborating with these two world-class, online learning leaders to deliver high-value resources that will help members of the OLC community develop and enhance their online learning programs.”