Quality Matters™ for Online Courses at Gadsden State
What is Quality Matters?
Gadsden State Community College is a Quality Matters (QM) institution. 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.
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 original 5th Edition 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.
The Teaching and Learning Committee for Gadsden State created an evaluation rubric based on the 5th Edition QM Rubric. The committee felt that this rubric would be more user friendly as faculty TLC Liaisons evaluation online classes. To access Gadsden State's rubric, click here.
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:
For more information about Quality Matters, please visit their website at http://qualitymatters.org.