Preparing for Quality Matters Internal Course Review

Use this checklist to help determine whether your course is ready for a Quality Matters internal course review.

When should a course be submitted for a Quality Matters course review?

Quality Matters course reviews are designed for mature courses that have been taught previously and/or for courses that are fully developed online such that reviewers can see all evaluated components.

The following checklist can help you determine if a course is ready to be submitted for review:

  1. Has the course representative/instructor had time to review the Quality Matters rubric and make modifications before the review? Faculty that are prepared for a Quality Matters review have better outcomes and get more out of the review process.
  2. Are the course-level outcomes specified and are there module/unit objectives for each of the course module/units? The lack of course-level outcomes and module/unit-level objectives is among the most frequently missed standards.
  3. Are all discussion board questions or topics posted for review? Ideally, student responses (stripped of identifying information) and faculty responses/feedback would also be available to the review team.
  4. If the course uses email in any part of the instruction, is this information made available to the review team? Examples of such email exchanges should be provided to the review team during its review of the course.
  5. Are all course activities, including all audio-visual components, available to the review team? Sometimes instructors make assignments "not available" after a specified "due date." All such assignments will need to be available to the review team.
  6. Are all assessment tools available for review by the team? The review team will need to be able to access quizzes, exams, and tests, and it would be beneficial to the review team to also have access to the grade book as it is set-up for the "student view."
  7. Can the review team see and experience the course as a student would?

ATC encourages faculty to use the QM Self-Review tool, which allows users to conduct reviews of their own courses, prior to submitting their courses for internal reviews. Use of the Self-Review tool exposes faculty to the Rubric (if they are not already familiar with it) and may encourage one to make improvements to the course before the review even begins.  This video shows how to access and use the Self-Review tool.

When you are ready to submit a course for internal review, go to the ATC Quality Course Program website and complete the form located under item #3, the Academic department chair approval form. 

Contact Cindy Mersereau, if you have any questions.