Dr. Kathy Johnson achieves Quality Matters (QM) Master Reviewer status. Here is what she has to say about being involved in the QM process.
I am an Associate Professor in Department of Justice studies. I also coordinate the criminal justice program at the Fort Walton Beach Campus. I have been at UWF since the fall of 2000 and have been teaching online since 2003. Our department does not offer a fully online undergraduate degree, but we do offer most of our courses online over the course of time. Our Master’s degree in Criminal Justice is available fully online, with some classroom sessions available.
I participated in my first Quality Matters training a couple of years ago. Once I became a certified reviewer, I had the opportunity to participate in several internal course reviews. In addition, I served on two external review teams as a subject matter expert. As a result, I was eligible to take the Master Reviewer training. This training allows you to chair a review team.
I really enjoy being part of the Quality Matters process. Teaching a good online course is so much more than putting a bunch of content online and letting the course run on auto pilot. Quality Matters requires active engagement of the students and the faculty member. It requires that learning outcomes be linked to content and to assessment. More importantly, it also provides you with examples of how to do that. Participating in the review process is one way to learn how you might improve your own courses. You have a chance to see what “good” looks like. You may also have a chance to see what “not so good” looks like.