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Steps in an official Quality Matters Course Review

The Quality Matters peer review is a rigorous process. The active course review period is approximately three weeks; during this period, the team convenes, independently reviews the course, makes decisions, and writes substantive feedback in the Reviewer Worksheet online. The compiled feedback from the three reviewers is usually submitted to the faculty developer/instructor within four to […]

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Quality Matters Training Courses

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. The principles behind Quality Matters’ Standards are not limited in application to online and blended courses, but can be applied to face-to-face traditional courses as well. Quality Matters Certification Courses Applying the Quality Matters Rubric 2 […]

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Course Design and Approval with Quality Matters

What is Quality Matters? Quality Matters (QM) is a international, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to facilitate the continuous improvement of the design of online and blended courses. QM’s goals are to improve student learning, retention, and satisfaction in online and blended courses through better course design and to reflect results of academic research on […]

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Checklist for Meeting Quality Matters Standard 8 – Accessibility

Quality Matters Standard 8 8.1 Course navigation facilitates ease of use. 8.2 The course design facilitates readability.  8.3 The course provides accessible text and images in files, documents, LMS pages, and web pages to meet the needs of diverse learners. 8.4 The course provides alternative means of access to multimedia content in formats that meet […]

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Checklist for Meeting Quality Matters Standard 7 – Learner Support

Quality Matters Standard 7 7.1    The course instructions articulate or link to a clear description of the technical support offered and how to obtain it. 7.2    Course instructions articulate or link to the institution’s accessibility policies and services. 7.3    Course instructions articulate or link to the institution’s academic support services and resources that can help […]

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Checklist for Meeting Quality Matters Standard 6 – Course Technology

Quality Matters Standard 6 6.1    The tools used in the course support the learning objectives and competencies. 6.2    Course tools promote learner engagement and active learning. 6.3    A variety of technology is used in the course. 6.4 The course provides learners with information on protecting their data and privacy.   Standard 6 Checklist Tools are […]

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Checklist for Meeting Quality Matters Standard 4 – Instructional Materials

Quality Matters Standard 4 4.1 The instructional materials contribute to the achievement of the stated course and module/unit learning objectives or competencies. 4.2 The relationship between the use of instructional materials in the course and completing learning activities is clearly explained. 4.3 The course models the academic integrity expected of learners by providing both source […]

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Checklist for meeting Quality Matters- Standard 3 – Assessment & Measurement

Quality Matters Standard 3 3.1 The assessments measure the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies. 3.2 The course grading policy is stated clearly at the beginning of the course. 3.3 Specific and descriptive criteria are provided for the evaluation of learners’ work, and their connection to the course grading policy is clearly explained. […]

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Checklist for Meeting Quality Matters – Standard 5 – Learner Interaction and Engagement

Quality Matters Standard 5 5.1. The learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies. 5.2 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning. 5.3. The instructor’s plan for interacting with learners during the course is clearly stated. 5.4 The requirements for learner interaction are clearly stated. © 2014. MarylandOnline. […]

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Designing Your Online Course Session

Guest facilitator Heidi Ash from UNT CLEAR (Center for Learning Enhancement and Redesign) presented a process-based approach to improving online course design for seamless development of an online course that aligns with quality standards and principles of good practice for online learning. Participants were exposed to a course improvement plan based on the Quality Matters […]

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Designing Your Online Course

Guest facilitator Heidi Ash from UNT CLEAR (Center for Learning Enhancement and Redesign) , in partnership with Bryan Hauf, Instructional Technologist from the Center for Innovative Learning, presents a process-based approach to improving online course design for seamless development of an online course that aligns with quality standards and principles of good practice for online […]

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Checklist for meeting Quality Matters Standard 2 – Learning objectives/outcomes

Quality Matters Standard 2 2.1 The course learning objectives, or course/program competencies, describe outcomes that are measurable. 2.2 The module/unit learning objectives or competencies describe outcomes that are measurable and consistent with the course-level objectives or competencies. 2.3 Learning objectives or competencies are stated clearly, are written from the learner’s perspective, and are prominently located […]

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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. […]

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Checklist for Meeting Quality Matters Standard 1 – Course overview & Introduction

Quality Matters Standard 1 1.1 Instructions make clear how to get started and where to find various course components. 1.2 Learners are introduced to the purpose and structure of the course. 1.3 Communication expectations for online discussions, email, and other forms of interaction are clearly stated. 1.4 Course and/or institutional policies with which the learner […]