3.1 Content Alignment

State the relationship between the module learning objectives and the course content/materials.

The course materials must align to module learning objectives; Clearly explain the purpose of the learning materials included in each module.

Examples include an explanation of how a video is used as part of a discussion assignment or how a required reading is connected to a quiz or text. Course content may include textbooks, OER, presentations, simulations, videos, online resources.

Points: 3 (Essential)

QM Alignment: 4.1, 4.2


In line with standards 2.3, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1 and 9.1, your course content should align with your module learning objectives. See standard 2.3 for more information about alignment. Instructional materials selected should contribute to the achievement of stated learning objectives/competencies. Resources should be presented in a variety of formats to provide students with accessible options for consuming content which supports individual learning preferences.


  • Use a variety of materials and types of materials (text, video, etc.), ensuring they are accessible (section 10 of the quality rubric) and aligned with your module learning objectives (standard 2.3).
  • Consider using free and easily accessible learning materials and textbooks when feasible. By saving students money and reducing access hurdles, open educational resources (OER) have been shown to increase student success and equity. See this handout on open educational resources and open textbooks.

Common Issues

  • Solely using textbook or publisher site for content in course
  • Uploading PowerPoints but no videos or associated guidance/quizzes/discussion activities. Consider recording and sharing videos to go along with your PowerPoints.
  • Instructional materials are not accessible (section 10 of the quality rubric).


A mix of instructional materials might consist of:

  • An OER textbook, graphic organizers, and websites
  • Journal articles, videos and narrated instructor created PowerPoints
  • Publisher textbook, case studies and podcasts

Examples of Alignment between MLOs & Content

Module Learning Objectives Learning materials
MLO1 Complete a course introduction to identify course learning objectives, purpose, and key concepts associated with the writing process (C01). Course Introduction: Syllabus. Purpose, Description. College Writing. Textbook Reading: Introduction, Writing Process, MLO1
MLO2 Identify the grammar convention sentence fragments (CO2) by completing assigned readings, lectures and exercises. Grammar Topic: Introduction to Inquisitive; Sentence Fragments MLO2
ML03 Illustrate descriptive writing principles (C01, CO3) by completing a class discussion that features college-level writing (CO2.) Textbook Reading: Sample Essays MLO3

Review Standard 2.3 for more information and examples of alignment.



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