Quality Matters

What is Quality Matters?

The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric is a set of 8 General Standards and 43 Specific Review Standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. DEE subscribes to the Quality Matters organization to guide our online course review criteria. You may use this rubric to assist you in reviewing your online courses with an eye towards learner-centered environments.

Getting Started with Quality Matters

Deciphering the Quality Matters rubric may seem overwhelming at first. But, meeting Quality Matters’ online course design standards might be easier than you think. Chances are, your course already complies with basic requirements. If you already have a syllabus with measurable learning outcomes and grading details, and your instructional materials enable learners to achieve the outcomes, you’re almost there.

Here are 5 steps you can take toward meeting the QM course design standards.

  1. Get familiar with the “Basic 8.” The eight general standards for the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric are:
    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
  2. Learn about the 43 Essential standards for the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric. (Note: You will need to Create a MyQM Account to access this rubric.)
  3. Next, create a plan to tackle 4 or 5 actionable improvements you can make in your course. This might be as simple as wordsmithing your learning outcomes, or adding student activities like group projects and reflective discussions for collaborative engagement.
  4. Create a link to the UI Student Resources page in your course menu. Several QM student support standards are met with information included in this site; plus we keep it up to date, so you don’t have to.
  5. Have a peer evaluate your course and give feedback. Is the course structure intuitive? Are instructions clear? Are assignments purposeful, and aligned with outcomes?  A fresh perspective can always be valuable, especially if the reviewer knows your subject matter well.
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Instructional Designers

DEE has two instructional designers on staff who are happy to meet with you to discuss any topics related to teaching and learning:

Carie Saunders Carie Saunders
Instructional Designer
Targhee Hall Basement
Mail Stop: 3099
Phone: (208) 885-7138
Doug Habib Doug Habib
Instructional Designer
Targhee Hall Basement
Mail Stop: 3099
Phone: (208) 885-6838

If you have any questions or need help getting started with your courses, you may also contact us at coursedesign@uidaho.edu.