Quality Matters Recognition
The Quality Matters™ program is a faculty-centered peer course review quality assurance process for online learning. Review criteria are linked to external standards; criteria and process are supported through instructional design principles; and the process is vetted by faculty experts. The goals of the program are to increase student retention, learning and satisfaction in online courses by implementing better course design. Quality Matters (www.qualitymatters.org) is sponsored by MarylandOnline and has been adopted by hundreds of higher education institutions across forty states and Canada.
Comments from Faculty
The Quality Matters Review process was enjoyable and helped me improve my online course. It has had a positive effect on my teaching and student learning. – Kay Gandy, School of Teacher Education
The QM process was valuable and insightful. I have incorporated the QM rubric on all of my online as well as hybrid courses. QM has made me a better teacher and course designer. Students say they appreciate the way my courses are organized and are learning more. –Mark Doggett, Architectural & Manufacturing Sciences.
Participating in the QM process was so incredibly beneficial, that when the QM reviewers determined that my course met the standards, it seemed like an added bonus! I highly recommend the Quality Matters Review process to anyone who teaches online. –Lisa Murley, School of Teacher Education.
Courses/Faculty Developers Receiving QM Recognition (from most recent to oldest)
TCHL 520 Principles of Action Research, offered Summer 2012, as developed by Stephanie Kay Gandy
NURS 451 Gerontological Nursing, offered May 2012, as developed by Cathy Abell and Tonya Bragg-Underwood.
Psy 361 Psychological Tests & Measurement, offered Spring 2012, as developed by Sally Kuhlenschmidt, recertification.
TCHL 550 Student Assessment I, offered Fall 2011 first bi-term, as developed by Beckie Stobaugh.
TCHL 500 Foundations of Teacher Leadership, offered Spring 2011, as developed by Lisa Murley.
EL EDU 505 Advanced Materials and Methods in Modern Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, offered May Term 2010, as developed by Janet Tassell.
ENG 300 Writing in the Disciplines, offered Spring 2010, as developed by Wren Mills.
SM 347 Introduction to Business Telecommunication, offered Spring 2010, as developed by Evelyn Thrasher.
AMS 571 Technology Management, offered Fall 2009, as developed by Mark Doggett.
OST22C Desktop Publishing, offered Spring 2010, as developed by Linda Todd.
EDU507/GEOG507 Geography for Teachers, offered Fall 2009, as developed by Kay Gandy.
INS 270C Electronic Spreadsheets as developed by George Kontos.
ENG 200C Introduction to Literature Class as developed by Paul Bush.
PSY 440 Abnormal Psychology as developed by Sally Kuhlenschmidt.
PSY 361 Psychological Tests & Measurement as developed by Sally Kuhlenschmidt.
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