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Quality Matters in Online Course Design

Quality Matters in Online Course Design is a workshop designed and developed at UA and hosted by the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL). It offers instruction in using the QM rubric to enhance the design of online courses and is good first step in the official QM certification process. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate from ITL.

Who Should Attend?

Faculty members and trainers with minimal experience in online instruction or minimal knowledge of Quality MattersTM (QM) who want to learn more about how to design an online course that meets QM standards. To review a list of your colleagues who have completed this training, click here:

What Will You Learn?

You will learn about each of the eight standards in the QM Rubric and how to incorporate these standards into your course design.

This course also provides an opportunity to:

  • gain experience as a student in an online course hosted in Springboard.
  • discover resources and tools that available to assist you as you design and develop your online course.
  • discuss best practices and strategies for designing online courses with your colleagues at The University of Akron.

How Is This Course Taught?

  • Cohorts (small groups) are enrolled in an online course in Springboard facilitated by an experienced online instructor.
  • Participants review content in Springboard and complete a series of activities that help to explain how to design an online course that meets specific Quality Matters standards.

When is this Course Taught?

  • COHORT 26 will begin on October 6, 2014 and will run for 4 weeks, ending on November 2, 2014.

To join the next cohort of this online course, please log into the ITL Seminars system, select the specific session in which you would like to participate, and choose Sign Up.

For questions, email Jill Phipps at