Quality Matters Orientation — Improving Online Courses

All William & Mary faculty and staff are invited to attend a Quality Matters Orientation session! During each orientation session, Instructional Designer Ali Briggs and Academic Technology Specialist April Lawrence will explain the Quality Matters program and how the rubric is typically used during course design and review.

Orientation Session Times and Locations

  • Monday, March 30th from 11-12pm — Miller Hall, Room 3059
  • Monday, March 30th from 2-3pm — School of Education, Room 2016
  • Tuesday, March 31st from 2-3pm — Swem Library, Cox Lab

If you’re interested in attending a session, please register using this form:  https://forms.wm.edu/19376. We hope to see you there!

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What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized set of standards for the design of online and blended courses. It is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses. It is also a tool used by instructional designers in their work with faculty and a professional development opportunity for both faculty and staff.

QM is a non-profit subscription service initiated in 2003 by the MarylandOnline consortium. QM has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in distance learning and has more than 800 subscribers in North America and around the world. According to Quality Matters:

The underlying principles of Quality Matters are the primary reason for its wide-spread adoption. QM provides a faculty-driven, peer review process that is collaborative.  QM was designed by and for faculty to share expertise and experience relative to the design of a course. The course review process is a collegial discussion between faculty and peers committed to continuous quality improvement. It is not an evaluation. QM is centered in national standards of best practice, the research literature and instructional design principles designed to promote student learning.

As a subscribing institution, William & Mary has access to the QM Rubric and course review tools. The QM Rubric is research-based and promotes best practices through eight general standards in the following areas:

  1. Course Overview and Introduction
  2. Learning Objectives (Competencies)
  3. Assessment and Measurement
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Course Activities and Learner Interaction
  6. Course Technology
  7. Learner Support
  8. Accessibility and Usability

The annotated version of the Rubric explains the application of each standard and the relationship among them to ensure that students achieve desired learning outcomes. Please contact William & Mary’s Quality Matters Coordinator Ali Briggs if you have any questions about the orientation session or Quality Matters program.