Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses. QM has generated widespread interest and has become a national standard in its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education.
As part of TMCC's continuous efforts to improve the quality of online courses, WebCollege along with other NSHE institutions have formed a consortium. Together, NSHE institutions will collaborate to review online courses using the QM nationally recognized rubric. Course reviews, conducted by a team of QM trained peer reviewers, highlight good design elements and provide feedback on areas of improvement. A course that meets QM standards is awarded a nationally recognized QM official logo to be placed inside of the online course.
- Improved student learning outcomes and retention.
- Adoption of a systematic and comprehensive continuous quality assurance process that includes faculty training, course development, and course revisions that are aligned with accreditation standards.
- Opportunity to engage in benchmarking activities with peer institutions.
- Ongoing faculty professional development.
- Increased efficiency in using institutional resources.
Quality Matters has transformed my teaching ability for my online courses enormously. Students greatly appreciate how quality matters organizes the online course so that they are comprehensible and logical for the students to find the needed material requirements for their courses and presenting the material in a clear, concise and enjoyable presentation. The course review process that is guided by Cathy House has proved invaluable and I recommend everyone to become involved with the implementation of Quality Matters.
Paul B Davis, PhD, Professor of Political Science
Become a Peer Reviewer
Serving as a peer reviewer is a great way to learn about what is happening in other online courses, to get ideas for your own teaching, and to provide valuable feedback for other online instructors.
- Complete the Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop, held face-to-face or online, free of charge and a stipend of $100 will be provided by the WebCollege Department. Visit TMCC's Professional Development Office for details.
- Complete the Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) online. This course is free of charge. For more information, please contact us.
For training dates and information please visit TMCC's Professional Development Office.
Course Review Requirements
- The course needs to have been taught at least one semester
- The course needs to be pre-reviewed by the Quality Matters Coordinator.
- The course developer should have completed the APPQMR training.
Course Review Process
- QM encourages faculty to complete a self-review of his/her course prior to submitting for a review.
- Complete the Peer Review Form.
- Contact WebCollege to set up a time to meet with the QM Coordinator. The QM Coordinator will assist you in completing the Faculty Developer worksheet.
- Once the Faculty Developer worksheet is complete, the QM Coordinator will establish a team of three trained reviewers, including one subject matter expert to conduct the course review.
- WebCollege will give the three reviewers access to the course being reviewed. A meeting may take place to insure all information has been received.
- Although not actively involved, the faculty member is still part of the process. During the 4-6 weeks of the review, the faculty may be called upon to clarify information or make minor changes to the course.
- Faculty will receive an email from the QM Coordinator or Review Chair when your internal course review has been completed and instructions on how to access the review report.
- Courses that meet all 21 essential standards and earn at least 84 points on the QM rubric are approved to display the QM seal in their class.
- Faculty must complete the Faculty Response Form indicating acceptance of the review results. This will be provided after the review process. The review will not be closed until this form is submitted.
- Courses that do not meet all 21 essential standards and earn at least 84 points on the QM rubric may be revised and resubmitted within the designated time period. Support will be provided to the faculty member to implement revisions.
- Once revisions have been made, the faculty member must complete the online Faculty Amendment Form to describe the revisions.
- The Review Chair reviews and approves changes to the course and adjusts the QM sore as appropriate.
Once the course becomes officially QM Certified, the instructor will receive a 1 credit stipend.
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Certified Course Reviewers
Julie Armbrecht, Gabriella Brochu, Lisa Buehler, Cathy House, Pat Jarvis, Angela Lee, Brandy Scarnati, Angela Spires