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.
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.
How and when can I complete a QM Self-Review?
Faculty can complete a QM Self-Review of an online course at any time. Self-Reviews are confidential and the Final Reports are available solely to the individual conducting the review. Automatic notifications are sent to your QM Coordinator(s) when a Self-Review is initiated or saved. These member-requested notifications are purely informational and are meant to provide visibility to your QM Coordinator(s) on the use of Self-Reviews. Faculty that complete a QM Self-Review that document and share how their course meets all of the QM Essential (3 point) Standards may earn a $350 stipend.
Start a QM Self-Review today!
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. ‘