We find ourselves in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, and educational tools presented online are nothing new. And with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic also brought a rise in e-learning, as globally, over 1.2 billion students were out of classrooms (weforum, 2020). So if courses being presented online are nothing fresh and new-fashioned, what can you do to ensure your online course is state-of-the-art and stands out from the masses? The answer is quite simple, quality (control).
Developing a course that is filled to the brim with quality will not only ensure happy and well-educated students, but also students who will return to your platform again and again as they have found a product that serves their online learning needs and wants.
Quality control (QC) is the keen eye that checks and monitors your course through every step of its development. From blueprints, to graphics, and eventually, the build on the platform itself, QC checklists are ticked off to ensure the highest possible content is created. Quality control checks are established to make sure the content is error-free in terms of language and grammar, that the course is designed according to the client’s preferred style, and that the course is accessible to all. Quality control is thus the foundation of your course, as well as the cherry on top.
QC is the system that guarantees your product is of the best possible quality. This means that there are no language errors in your content, that the platform functions as it should, and that your course has a consistent look and feel. In other words, it makes your course look professional. You cannot present a course focused on education if the content is riddled with mistakes and misfunction, ‘not only does the quality control review create a more professional product, it improves the experience and usability of the learning experience’ (Malamed, 2012). The benefits of QC are boundless. It is not something that will be nice to have, but something every course inherently needs.
Quality control is more than just a glorified spell checker to ensure your course is error-free. It also creates a high-quality product for all. This is where the role of accessibility comes into play. At Construct, we adhere to the AA WACG standard when it comes to web accessibility. This means we build our courses while keeping in mind people with different abilities. QC is in place to check that each course meets those AA standards.
Here are a few examples of quality control checks we do to ensure a course is accessible
Quality control should be both the foundation and the finishing touch of your course to ensure that you are creating a product that stands out from the rest. Having a sound quality control system in place to refine your course through each phase of development means that every single aspect of your course will be of top-notch quality. Having a QC system in place will enable you to create a course that looks and feels professional, increase usability, and ensures that your course is accessible to all its users.
A good QC system promises that your users will have a positive experience interacting with your product, which in turn will result in returning customers, and positive feedback and recommendations. It enables you to create a course you are proud of, and that will add value to your users and to the world of edTech.
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