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Quality Matters™ for Online Courses at Gadsden State

Quality Matters What is Quality Matters?
Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process for quality assurance of online courses and online components. Quality Matters is recognized nationally as the standard in its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education.


How does Quality Matters work?
Quality Matters, through its QM Rubric, provides a faculty-driven, peer review process for online and hybrid courses that is collaborative, collegial, continuous, and centered. The resulting course reviews highlight good design elements and provide feedback on areas of improvement. A course that meets Quality Matters standards is awarded a nationally recognized Quality Matters official recognition.

The QM Rubric:
The QM Rubric consists of a set of forty-one standards, based on national benchmarks of best practice, research literature and instructional design principles, by which to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. The web-based, fully interactive rubric is complete with annotations that explain the application of the standards and relationship between them.

Peer reviewer training:
Peer reviewers undergo training to utilize the rubric and review courses. After training, peer reviewers receive a listing in Quality Matters national database of course reviewers. Peer reviewers from the database can participate in QM course reviews state-wide and nationally.

Benefits of Quality Matters:

  1. Rigorous online and hybrid course design review helps to ensure the development and delivery of quality courses.
  2. National recognition for Gadsden State courses which meet Quality Matters standards.
  3. Peer reviewer training provides professional development and a national certification for faculty teaching online.
  4. Quality process indicators for accreditation self-studies.

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