A Quality Framework for Digital Learning

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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 Framework consists of four components:

Taxonomy

  • A collection of courseware product capabilities and attributes
  • Designed to aid in the understanding of product functionality to support differentiation among solutions
  • Includes teaching and learning capabilities in addition to considerations related to courseware procurement and delivery

Efficacy

  • A list of peer-reviewed published research tagged to selected product features identified in the Taxonomy
  • Articulates connections between courseware attributes and efficacy research

Course Implementation

  • Includes selected course-specific indicators derived from indicators in the OLC Online and Blended Learning Scorecards
  • Designed to assess selected practices and policies that impact the conditions for effective courseware implementation in your course
  • May serve as an “on-ramp” for more extensive course reviews using OLC Scorecards

Institutional implementation

  • Includes selected institution-specific indicators derived from indicators in the OLC Online and Blended Learning Scorecards
  • Designed to assess selected practices and policies that impact the conditions for effective courseware implementation at your institution
  • May serve as an “on-ramp” for more extensive course reviews using OLC Scorecards

As the context for digital courseware evolves in this dynamic market, so too will the components of the Framework. Feedback from the community of users will guide future iterations and applications of this tool.

One Framework, Three Instruments

The CWiC Framework was designed for users involved in the selection and adoption of courseware at postsecondary institutions, including faculty, instructional designers, and academic administrators.

Because we anticipate different base knowledge of digital courseware, appetite for detail, time-availability, and goals, three different instruments have been developed to support use of the CWiC Framework.

  • The CWiC Product Primer. This abbreviated tool helps users identify priority courseware capabilities during the product exploration and evaluation phase of selection. It is ideal for faculty just beginning to explore courseware products.
  • The CWiC Designer. This resource is designed to support deeper understanding of a courseware product and the learning science principals that underpin product features, among other factors. It is ideal for instructional designers completing a more thorough review of a courseware product, and may be useful for informing future product selection. It is only focused on product-related dynamics.
  • The CWiC Framework. The complete framework includes the Product Taxonomy and Research Collection, plus Course- and Institution Level Implementation Guides. It is ideal for administrators completing course reviews, and is focused on both product- and implementation-related dynamics.

Interactive, web-based version of the CWiC Framework is coming soon.  Click here to access.

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Primary Partners

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OLC is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world

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