Design & Development Services (DDS)
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.
What is the Ohio Quality Matters Consortium?
For several years, Ohio colleges and universities have been part of a consortium that utilizes the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric to improve online courses in a variety of ways. Originally organized by the Ohio Learning Network (OLN), the consortium has grown to over 60 institutions for the 2013-2014 academic year and is currently the largest QM state consortium in the nation. When OLN was dissolved in 2011, the QM Consortium transitioned leadership to key individuals at four institutions: Bowling Green State University, Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, and The University of Akron. Additional information can be found at the Ohio QM Consortium web site: https://sites.google.com/site/ohioqmconsortium
The Quality Matters Certification Program
The Quality Matters (QM) certification program is emerging as an international standard for the design of online courses. QM requires a designated sequence of activities designed to prepare instructors for becoming peer reviewers of online courses that have been submitted for review. Click here to view the current University of Akron course offerings that have received the QM certification: http://www.uakron.edu/it/instructional_services/dds/qm/qm-certified-courses2.dot
1. APPQMR (Applying the Quality Matters Rubric)
APPQMR offers training in utilizing the QM rubric to review online courses and is the first step to becoming a peer reviewer. This training can be completed face-to-face or online. We are proud to recognize UA graduates of APPQMR course. UA graduates of APPQMR course
2. The Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Course
The QM Peer Reviewer Course offers practice in responding to sample online courses using the QM rubric. APPQMR and online teaching are pre-requisites. Graduates can participate in official Quality Matters reviews of online courses from any institution in the world. We are proud to present. UA graduates of Peer Reviewer course.
3. Advanced Quality Matters Training
These QM workshops are available to certified Peer Reviewers who would like to become "Master "Reviewers" and/ or QM trainers:
We are proud to recognize UA graduates of QM advanced training courses.
4. Optional Quality Matters Training
Optional QM workshops allow participants to focus on specific areas. We are proud to recognize UA graduates of QM optional training courses.