As part of our mission to provide faculty support for teaching and learning through the use of Blackboard, we are introducing the Quality Matters program.
The purpose of this program is to contribute to faculty excellence, facilitate student success and provide a continuous improvement process for courses in Blackboard.
What is Quality Matters?
Quality Matters is a not-for-profit subscription service providing tools and training for quality assurance of online courses.
Designed by faculty for faculty, the program entails three main components: a rubric, a peer review process and professional development opportunities.
There are over 480 subscribers located throughout the United States and increasingly abroad. Undergoing review every few years, the rubric is based on research, best practices and sound instructional design principles.
What are the benefits?
Faculty benefit from the use of a tested rubric to guide their online course development process.
By undergoing a quality matters review of their course whether officially or not, faculty can improve their course and gain additional skills for designing and administering a course in Blackboard.
The peer-review process means faculty work with one another across institutions to understand best practices and design principles related to online and blended courses.
A variety of workshops focused on online instruction and course design provide opportunities to build faculty excellence.
How can I get involved?
STaR is developing resources to support the application of the rubric and the meeting of QM standards. Contact Donna Kay (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the STaR office for more information on how to participate. You can also visit the Quality Matters website by going to www.qmprogram.org
Congratulations to these faculty for their dedication to providing our online students with an exceptional educational experience!
Faculty who have received Quality Matters certification for their online courses:
Principles of Accounting II (ACCT 2330)
Principles of Accounting I (ACCT 2310)
Introduction to Visual Arts, (ARHA 2305)
Construction Management & Civil & Construction Engineering
Estimating I (CNMG 3339)
Dr. Julie Baldwin
Criminal Law, (CRJU 3307)
Dr. Emily Berthelot
Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice (CRJU 3310)
Applied Research and Analysis (CRJU 7320)
Dr. Timothy Brown
Juvenile Delinquency (CRJU 3337)
Dr. Stacy Moak
Criminal Law (CRJU 7305)
Dr. David Montague
Crime and Behavior (CRJU 4300)
Dr. Jeff Walker
Public Budgeting (CRJU 7326)
Economics & Finance
Dr. Eric Elder
Business Statistics, (ECON 2310)
Quantitative Business Analysis (ECON 3355)
Dr. Mark Funk
Survey of EconomicsÂ (ECON 2301)
Dr. Sarah Quintanar
Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2322)
Health, Human Performance & Sport Management
Kinesiology, (HSCI 3402)
Applied Human Science (HHPS 3412)
Dr. Amar Kanekar
Health Education Program Evaluation (HHPS 4380)
Dr. Bruce Hall
History of the Third Reich (HIST 4390)
Dr. Clea Hupp
Islam and the Modern Middle East (HIST 3336)
Dr. Ahmad Bajwa
Production Operations Management (MGMT 3304)
Dr. Robert Mitchell
Advance PC Applications (MGMT 3352)
Business Communication (MGMT 3380)
Dr. Thomas Tudor
Applications in Human Resource Management (MGMT 4395)
Collective Bargaining (MGMT 7340)
Strategic Human Resource Management (MGMT 7341)
Dr. Otmar Varela
Organizational Behavior and Management (MGMT 3300)
Marketing & Advertising
Dr. Gary Geissler
Principles of Marketing (MKTG 3350)
Mathematics & Statistics
Business Calculus (MATH 1342)
College Algebra Accelerated (MATH 1302)
Dr. Linda Holzer
Piano Pedagogy and Literature, (MUED 3302)
Dr. Patricia Edwards Schafer
Integration of Concept, (NURS 4530)
Dr. Margaret Scranton
American National Government (POLS 1310)
Dr. Belinda Blevins-Kanabe
Developmental Psychology (PSYC 3356)
Dr. Robert Corwyn
Statistics and Methods 1 (PSYC 2340)
Dr. Gerald Driskill
Family Communication (SPCH 4323)
Speech Communication (SPCH 1300)
Dr. Kristen McIntyre
Advanced Public Speaking (SPCH 3320)
Dr. Avinash Thombre
Introduction to Communication Research (SPCH 2311)
Small Group Communication (SPCH 3322)
Dr. Carol Thompson
Communicating Difference (SPCH 4313)
Human Communication Concepts (SPCH 2310)
Dr. Sherilyn Tucker
Foundations Teaching Reading (READ 7351)
Curriculum (READ 7327)