Quality of Course Design at UNTHSC

UNTHSC has a growing initiative to address the shared concern and need for course quality. This initiative, led by the Center for Innovative Learning, is based upon the Quality Matters™ (QM) rubric and review process. The approach assures quality through training and guidance on how to develop and continuously improve courses to enhance student learning. If you are interested assistance designing your course to meet the Quality Matters Standards, please contact the CIL Staff.  If you are interested in a Course Review at UNTHSC, fill out the Course Review Application. After submitting the application you will be contacted by CIL staff to arrange a meeting about your course review. This page outlines the Quality Matters Official Review process. We will also do an informal QM review as part of the Distance Education Committee process for approval to deliver courses online.


Quality Matters Rubric is a set of 8 general standards and 41 specific standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses.  The Rubric has annotations that explain the application of the standards and the relationship among them.  A scoring system and set of online tools facilitate the evaluation by a team of reviewers. The rubric standards are as follows. Please click on each standard to view a checklist of ideas for meeting that standard.



Standard 1: Course Overview and Introduction

Standard 2: Learning Objectives (Outcomes)

Standard 3: Assessment and Measurement

Standard 4: Instructional Materials

Standard 5: Learner Interaction and Engagement

Standard 6: Course Technology

Standard 7: Learner Support

Standard 8: Accessibility

In addition to QM, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommends and encourages the development of courses and programs that enhance access to higher education throughout the state of Texas. To that end, UNTHSC strives to certify education programs are in compliance with the Principles of Good Practice. See also Effective Practices for Blended and Fully Online Courses.

Quality Matters Training Courses