Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components.

QM has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education.

Originating from a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant project, QM is now a self-supporting organization offering institutional subscriptions and a range of fee-based services including QM-managed course reviews and an array of professional development opportunities.

With over 900 current subscribers, ranging from four-year colleges and universities to technical and community colleges to other academic organizations, Quality Matters is the leading provider of tools and processes used to evaluate quality in course design.

Quality Matters Rubric

The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014 is a set of 8 General Standards and 43 Specific Review Standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. The Rubric is complete with Annotations that explain the application of the Standards and the relationship among them. A scoring system and set of online tools facilitate the review by a team of Peer Reviewers.

Unique to the Rubric is the concept of alignment. This occurs when critical course components – Learning Objectives (2), Assessment and Measurement (3), Instructional Materials (4), Course Activities and Learner Interaction (5), and Course Technology (6) – work together to ensure students achieve desired learning outcomes. Specific Standards included in Alignment are indicated in the Rubric Annotations.

What is Alignment?

Critical course components – Learning Objectives (2), Assessment and Measurement (3), Resources and Materials (4), Learner Engagement (5), and Course Technology (6) – work together to ensure that students achieve the desired learning outcomes. When aligned, each of these course components is directly tied to and supports the learning objectives. Specific Review Standards included in alignment are indicated in the Rubric Annotations.

When Do I Use the Rubric?

The Rubric is intended for use with courses that are delivered fully online or a significant online component (hybrid and blended courses).