Quality Matters (QM):
Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, research-based, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to acknowledge the quality of online/hybrid courses. The QM framework, implemented through a rubric, is about course design and making your course navigation and structure intuitive, so that students’ questions will be more focused on the content of your course. QM recognized courses improve both student learning outcomes, student success, and retention.
The Maricopa Community Colleges are Quality Matters subscribers. As subscribers we can access and use the full rubric with annotations to self-assess courses, as well as coordinate official QM reviews for our system. Learn more about official reviews.
What does the QM Rubric consist of?
The QM Rubric reflects current research finding and national standards of best practice in online learning. It consists of a set of 8 general standards with 43 specific standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. Learn more about the QM Rubric.
What is the QM Process?
The QM Process is the actual steps toward a course becoming QM Certified. It consists of a self-review period, a formal review period triggered by an application and revision period (if required). Upon completion of the process the goal is to have all courses be certified as meeting the QM standard. Learn more about the QM Process: Timeline and Application at MCCCD.
How and when can I submit my course for QM Review?
To submit your course to be peer-reviewed, complete the QM Course Review Application. Be sure to review the QM Process: Timeline and Application prior to submitting your application.
Is there a stipend?
Yes, $200.00 will be awarded upon the course becoming QM certified.
(Contingent upon funding availability).
Mesa Gold Star (GS):
Gold Star was an MCC faculty-centered, training and peer-review process to support faculty developers to design an internet or hybrid course based on the QM Rubric. As with all programs it had a life cycle and participation declined. The program was revised and transitioned into the new eVenture program. Please visit the eVenture program site to consider hybrid or QM course design project through the new program. ‘