Interested in ensuring quality in your online courses? The Quality Matters program, offered through our office, can help you review your course content with the newly revised Quality Matters rubric.
Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and hybrid/blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based and continuous improvement approach.
The Quality Matters rubric is based on research, sound instructional design principles and best practices. The 2011-2013 rubric contains eight general categories and forty-one specific standards.
The eight general categories include:
Course Overview and Introduction
Assessment and Measurement
Learner Interaction and Engagement
A primary focus of the rubric is the concept of alignment in which core course components: Learning Objectives (2), Assessment and Measurement (3), Instructional Materials (4), Learner Interaction and Engagement (5), and Course Technology (6) work together to support the accomplishment of the learning objectives. This holistic approach ensures the course is structured to provide an optimal learning environment for students.
The rubric can be used as a tool for reviewing the course as well as for developing the course. If you are interested in applying the rubric to your course or having your course undergo an official QM Review, please contact Kati Molnar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resources are also available in the Blackboard 9.1 Faculty Support Lounge.