Quality Matters QM

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.

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QM Benefits

Quality Matters processes benefit both individual faculty and their institutions. Austin Community College and Faculty will benefit greatly from implementing Quality Matters in the following ways:

  • 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
  • Incorporation of new technologies and research findings
  • Opportunity to engage in benchmarking activities with peer institutions
  • Ongoing faculty professional development
  • Increased flexibility, creativity, and divergent thinking
  • Increased efficiency in using institutional resources

QM Program Components

QM is based on nationally recognized best practices and built on the expertise of instructional designers and experienced online teachers. QM Consists of three primary components:

  • The QM Rubric
    To obtain a copy of the fully annotated version of the rubric, attend the APPQMR training provided by TLED.
  • The Course Review Process
  • QM Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty

    Applying the Quality Matters Workshop (APPQMR) is available for all ACC Faculty teaching online and hybrid courses.

For more information and a downloadable PDF of the Rubric, visit https://www.qualitymatters.org/qa-resources/rubric-standards

QM Point of Contacts

All campus Instructional Designers are QM certified and should be able to answer your questions.

More information?

Faculty interested should contact the Office of Distance and Alternative Learning at dlstaff@austincc.edu or QM Coordinators.

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