A System of Indicators for the Quality Assessment of Didactic Materials in Online Education

Keywords: online education, didactic materials, quality, indicators, system, assessment

Abstract

The quality of didactic materials is a source of concern for teachers, users, and educational institutions that offer online education. There is a lack of indicators to help assess the quality of three key types of didactic materials commonly used in online education: didactic units (i.e., materials that contain program contents), didactic guides (i.e., materials that provide information), and additional didactic materials (materials to deepen knowledge). The objective of this article is to present a system of indicators designed to assess the quality of these types of didactic materials and guide their creation process. The system was developed based on a critical analysis of existing models designed to assess the quality of digital didactic materials. The system was validated by 16 international experts in online education, and a trial application of the system assessed five didactic guides and didactic units used by online universities in three different countries. Results of the validation process were triangulated with relevant literature, allowing the authors to make decisions regarding changes to the system in terms of maintaining, reformulating, or removing indicators. The resulting system comprises 43 assessment indicators and serves as a guide for designers, teachers, and users in the creation and selection of didactic materials for use in online education and in the assessment of their quality.

Author Biographies

Renata Marciniak, University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia

Renata Marciniak holds a PhD in Education with the International Doctoral Research Component, a Special Award for Doctoral Studies from the Autonomus University of Barcelona (UAB), and a Master’s degree in Research in Education from the Autonomus University of Barcelona (UAB). She also holds a PhD in Economics and Management from the University of Economics in Kraków (Poland). She is a professor accredited by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain, ANECA and the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, AQU. She is a associate professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Manresa, University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), and EUNCET Business School (Spain). Her research interests include management of the quality in online education, e-learning technologies, knowledge management in small and medium companies, and virtual organizations.

Cristina Cáliz Rivera, EUNCET Business School

Director of the Administration and Business Management degree and Marketing and Digital Communication degree.

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Published
2021-03-11
How to Cite
Marciniak, R., & Cáliz Rivera, C. (2021). A System of Indicators for the Quality Assessment of Didactic Materials in Online Education. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 22(1), 180-198. https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v22i1.5069
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