Quality Matters

aie-instructional-designUAA is a Statewide Quality Matters (QM) Consortium subscriber providing all UAA faculty and staff access to the QM rubric and related resources, informal and QM recognized peer reviews as well as professional development opportunities.

  • Are you new to teaching online or been teaching the same course online for several years?
  • Do your students have the materials they need to meet your course outcomes?
  • How do you ensure student success in online learning environments? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Quality Matters can help assure the quality of your online and blended course design. 

For more information, contact our UAA Quality Matters Coordinator, Debbi Canavan

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"Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. QM subscribers include community and technical colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, and other academic institutions." (Quality Matters, 2016)

Primary Components 

There are three primary components in the Quality Matters Program: The QM Rubric, the Peer Review Process and QM Professional Development.

  • 1. QM Rubric

    "Based on research-supported and published best practices, the QM Rubric is a set of standards by which to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. The rubric is complete with annotations that explain the application of the standards and the relationship between them. A scoring system and set of online tools facilitate the evaluation by a team of reviewers."  (Quality Matters, 2016)

    The QM Rubric consists of 8 General Standards and 43 Specific Review Standards with Annotations and Alignment.  The rubric may be used by individuals to guide course design, conduct a self review, and/or for an informal, internal or formal review for QM recognition.

  • 2. Peer Review Process

    "Quality Matters promotes a peer review process and provides a database of trained QM Peer Reviewers eligible for assignment to a peer review team. Any subscribing institution may conduct internal or informal reviews. Official course reviews may be conducted only by eligible subscribers, QM, or its designees." (Quality Matters, 2016)

    • Self-Review A QM review that is completed by a faculty member for his or her personal benefit.
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    • Informal Review A review which may be completed by one or more peer faculty or staff member, and/or instructional designer.  There is no QM policy, process, or review requirement and the review does not receive QM recognition when completed.
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    • Review for Recognition The official, nationally recognized Quality Matters course certification.  Also known as a formal review and must comply with QM course review process and policy.  A review team of three certified QM peer reviewers comprised of a Master Reviewer, Subject Matter Expert, and External Reviewer work as a team with the course instructor to review the course.
  • 3. Professional Development

    "Quality Matters Professional Development supports the other QM program components and is an important part of a quality assurance effort. QM provides on-site, online and Elluminate-based opportunities to a broad audience that includes, but is not limited to, instructional designers, faculty, instructors, teachers, and administrators." (Quality Matters, 2016)

    We are offering the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshops several times throughout the academic year.  To register visit Academic Innovations & eLearning Workshops page and view our Upcoming Events calendar.  Additional workshops such as the Peer Reviewer Course are available upon request.  For more information on QM professional development visit QM Workshops & Course Descriptions.

Core Principles

  • Continuous process designed to ensure all courses eventually meet expectations.
  • Centered on research, student learning and on quality.
  • Collegial faculty-centered process with balanced and constructive feedback.
  • Collaborative team-based peer reviews, including the course developer.

Academic Innovations & eLearning

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