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.
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 42 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. This process can take up to a semester and should only be undertaking if you are trained in the QM rubric and have been teaching your course for at least 4 semesters.
How and when can I submit my course for QM Review?
If you are interested in having your online or hybrid course, officially reviewed, through the QM process, AND you have been trained in QM, AND you have been teaching the course you wish to submit through the QM Review for at least 4 semesters then contact the CTL at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss arranging a formal review. Please note, a formal review can take a semester and most of the time requires changes in course design for successful completion. Becoming QM certified is the goal of going through a QM Review, if this is not your goal, contact us and we can discuss different ways to review your course.
eVenture is designed to support faculty in their individual projects for innovating their teaching practice. The program is intended to provide professional development, support, and resources surrounding the college initiatives for our strategic priority of excellence in teaching and learning. Please visit the eVenture program site to consider hybrid or QM course design project through the new program. ‘