Gadsden State Community College
Quality Matters™ for Online Courses at Gadsden State
|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:
- Rigorous online and hybrid course design review helps to ensure the development and delivery of quality courses.
- National recognition for Gadsden State courses which meet Quality Matters standards.
- Peer reviewer training provides professional development and a national certification for faculty teaching online.
- Quality process indicators for accreditation self-studies.
Quality Matters Web Site:
Quality Matters Home Page: http://qualitymatters.org