A Quality Framework for Digital Learning

Research shows that decision-makers are starved for time to discover and rigorously evaluate courseware.

The CWiC Framework equips higher education to overcome this barrier in support of improved digital learning. Download the CWiC Framework or use online via LearnPlatform or EdSurge.

What is the CWiC Framework?

The CWiC Framework supports postsecondary decision-makers in effectively navigating the market of courseware solutions. It is designed to help you make better-informed adoption and implementation decisions with the goal of advancing the adoption of high-quality digital courseware in higher education and ultimately achieving improved outcomes for students. As a guide for broadening your awareness and equipping you with helpful decision-making tools, the Framework offers an inventory of product capabilities, as well as implementation considerations foundational to enhancing and improving blended and online teaching and learning with digital courseware.

The CWiC Framework is embedded in select products on the LearnPlatform (advanced search in the product library for products with a completed CWiC Framework) and the EdSurge Product Index.  You can also download CWiC Framework tools below.

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How do you plan to use the CWiC Framework?

I'm just beginning to explore courseware products

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Start with the CWiC Product Primer.

This abbreviated version of the CWiC framework will help you identify key capabilities to focus on in product exploration and evaluation dependent on the specific instructional context. It is ideal for faculty and administrators just beginning to explore courseware products.  The Primer is built into the LearnPlatform.  Simply select your instructional scenario when performing an advanced search in the product library.  Don’t forget to check that you only want to see products with a completed CWiC Framework!

I'm familiar with courseware and am comparing products

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Go deeper with the CWiC Designer.

This version is longer than the CWiC Product Primer, but is designed only to inform the selection of a particular courseware product and not for evaluating a courseware implementation. It is ideal for instructional designers completing a thorough product review.

I’m completing a course or program review

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Access the entire CWiC Framework.

Our framework includes a complete product taxonomy and related efficacy research, plus selected course and institution implementation guides used to assess the quality of a courseware implementation. It is an ideal on-ramp for administrators completing reviews of online and blended courses using the Online Learning Consortium Scorecards.

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