QM Rubric

About the QM Rubric 

The QM Rubric reflects current research finding and national standards of best practice in online learning.   The rubric consists of a set of 8 general standards with 43 specific standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses.

Eight General Review Standards:  

  1. Course Overview and Introduction
  2. Learning Objectives
  3. Assessment and Measurement
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Learner Interaction and Engagement
  6. Course Technology
  7. Learner Support
  8. Accessibility


Unique to the QM Rubric critical course components, Standards 2-6, reinforce one another to ensure that students achieve the desired learning outcomes.  When aligned each of these  course components is directly tied to and support the learning objectives.


The QM Rubric consists of 43 standards assigned different points related to their importance.  There are 21 essential standards valued at 3 points.  There are 22 remaining standards assigned 1 or 2 points. The maximum points are 99. A score of 84 points out of 99 (or 85%), as well as meeting all 3-point essential standards, is needed for a course to be considered as having ‘MET’ the QM Standards.

QM Scoring Table

View the QM Rubric

You can access the Rubric on the MCC Intranet. Log-in with your MEID and password. This download is intended for single use only.  Please do not duplicate and distribute the rubric without written permission from QM.

When to Use the QM Rubric

To Conduct Self-Reviews:

As a member of a subscribing institution, you can use the rubric with the online Self-Review Tool. This easy to use system allows you to write recommendations about any Standards you may want to improve upon and to share your review with colleagues and mentors. Access the Self-Review Tool through the Course Review Management System in MyQM. You will need to create an account with Quality Matters to access the tool. Instructions for conducting a Self-Review.

To Apply for Formal (Institutional Reviews):

A formal review of a course may be conducted at the request of the Faculty Developer via an application process. We encourage anyone interested in QM to consider participating in the Gold Star program prior to requesting a formal review. Gold Star is a MCC recognized faculty-centered, training and peer-review process to support faculty developers to design an internet or hybrid course based on the QM Rubric. This stipend-based program provides participants with targeted training and a faculty mentor to assist in the design, preparation and review of the course before the formal QM application process.

Learn more about Gold Star.

Learn more about the QM Process: Timeline and Application.

Learn more… 

Go to the QM Rubric: http://www.qmprogram.org/rubric