Colin's Sandbox

Thoughts on my tutoring course + doing the QM rubric

by on Jul.08, 2013, under #oltak

Assessing Courses

First off, since it’s at the top of my head: I found assessing others’ work using the Quality Matters (QM) rubric seemed harsh, especially that the two courses I assessed may be difficult to assess in this way.  Ryan’s “Individual Technology Learning Plan” course was more of a meta-course; a self-directed exploration of technology in the classroom in which the learner sets the milestones and outcomes with the help of a coach.  Many pieces were thus left to the learner to flesh out.  After reviewing Ryan’s coursework I came to the realization that in this sort of self-directed format a valuable tool for the learner would be a set of examples of previous students’ work (used with their permission of course).

The other course that I reviewed was Tiffany’s math tutoring effort for a student seeking to be ready for math at the 8th grade level (leading up to Algebra).  Many of the pieces asked for by the rubric may not be applicable (anything with the word “institution”) and other stuff may have been gone over in one of the synchronous sessions as well, so this may not be measurable via this rubric.  The biggest thing I got out of reviewing Tiffany’s class is the understanding that even in a tutoring environment it’s likely a good thing to have everything linked to in one spot as a starting point and then add policy-type information as class resources for the student to refer to later on.

As part of the QM assessment piece Dr. Graham asked us to engage in a synchronous manner to discuss the feedback given to us, but this proved difficult in the last minute sense.  I felt that I had sufficient opportunity through email exchanges with the various reviewers and reviewees and therefore felt that the synchronous piece was unnecessary in any event.

Even though I didn’t particularly love the QM assessment process I did gain valuable insights from just going through it with others.  And since I was (and am) feeling a little nebulous about my own course, it gave me some starting points when I got stuck thinking about how to round out my own tutoring course description.  Reviewing others’ projects and receiving others’ reviews on my own showed me a lot of areas that I can improve upon with my course and I’ll be starting in on that today.

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