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The Quality Matters (QM) project is creating an inter-institutional continuous improvement model for assessing and assuring the quality of online courses. To characterize quality, QM first turned to the research literature and national standards. The project identified 40 elements, distributed across eight broad standards, shown to positively impact student learning. These elements were then incorporated into a web-based rubric and weighted from 1 (important) to 3 (essential).


Review Tools

  • Demo Rubric - A demo version is available online. You can review the standards, read the annotations, enter scores and type in notes and recommendations. You can click at the end to see a compiled a report. To save the report, cut and paste into a Word document.

  • Peer Course Review Rubric - A Word document version of the rubric. Click on the Demo Rubric link above to access a web-based version of this tool.

  • Rubric Annotated - A copy of the rubric that includes the annotations of each standard

  • Instructor Worksheet - is the self-reporting component of the peer course review process. It is designed for the Course Faculty Developer to provide initial and supplemental information about the course that will assist the Peer Course Review Team.

  • Matrix of Review Standards - Shows the rubric sections and research that supports each one

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