QM Rubric

About the QM Rubric 

The 6th Edition of the QM Rubric was just released! 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 4 specific standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses.

Eight General Review Standards:  

  1. The eight General Standards of this Rubric are:
    1. Course Overview and Introduction
    2. Learning Objectives (Competencies)
    3. Assessment and Measurement
    4. Instructional Materials
    5. Learning Activities and Learner Interaction
    6. Course Technology
    7. Learner Support
    8. Accessibility and Usability*


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 standards assigned different points related to their importance. There are 42 Specific Review Standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. Essential Standards (3-point Specific Review Standards) must be met during the review and an overall score of 85% of the points possible are required for a course to attain QM certification.

The Rubric

A copy of the rubric can be obtain in the Center for Teaching and learning for employees of the college. A digital copy can be obtained with a username and password for the MyQM website. To request your account be activated email: ctl@mesacc.edu 

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.

Learn more… 

Go to the QM Rubric: http://www.qmprogram.org/rubric or contact: ctl@mesacc.edu

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