Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Sponsored by MarylandOnline, Inc. Quality Matters has generated widespread interest and received national recognition for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education. Originating from a FIPSE grant, Quality Matters is now a self-supporting organization offering institutional subscriptions and a range of fee-based services including Quality Matters-managed course reviews and an array of trainings. UWF is now a subscribing member of Quality Matters.
QM consists of three primary components:
The following video and document was produced by QM and voices student expectations regarding their online courses.
These "rights" are based on research done in 2010 with more than 3,000 students at 31 institutions by Penny Ralston-Berg, Instructional Designer at the Pennsylvania State University's World Campus. The student rights, or expectations, dovetail nicely with the Quality Matters Rubric.
Quality Matters Faculty Scholars are appointed by the Academic Technology Center to help promote the Quality Matters Program to their colleges and campus-wide. QM Scholars are trained QM Peer Reviewers who are knowledgeable of and experienced in the QM process.
Visit the QM website at http://www.qualitymatters.org.