What is Quality Matters?
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.
The QM Rubric Standards
AXIS subscribes to the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric Standards as guidelines for designing new online courses and as a strategy for improving existing courses. See the QM Rubric Standards at-a-glance on this one-page PDF document. Our subscription with QM allows faculty at UWF to have access to the 22-page fully annotated version of the Quality Matters rubric, complete with strategies and examples for meeting each standard. To obtain a copy of the fully-annotated version of the rubric, contact the AXIS office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-474-3120.
Using the MyQM Course Review System
MyQM is a personalized, secure area of the Quality Matters Program website. It serves as a data repository for QM Program history and involvement at UWF, tracking individuals who are active with the Quality Matters Program.
- Please go to MyQM enter the site.
- Upon entering MyQM, you have the ability to:
- Update your profile including contact information
- Access all QM Program Activity associated with your profile (i.e., training activity, course reviews)
- View courses submitted for review
- See real time training registrations
- Resources to Help you Navigate MyQM
- Follow this link to log in and view the instructional videos for using the MyQM System for course reviews.
Learn More about QM
The following video and document was produced by QM and voices student expectations regarding their online courses.
- Watch the QM Bill of Rights for Online Learners video.
- Read the QM Bill of Rights for Online Learners with Preamble.
- 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.
- Visit the QM website at http://www.qualitymatters.org.