Quality Matters is a non-profit program designed to promote the continuous improvement in online and blended courses through a faculty-centered, peer review process. Quality Matters was established through MarylandOnline, Inc. from a FIPSE grant in the Fall of 2003 and has received national recognition. Today, over 700 higher education universities have subscribed throughout the world. The underlying principles of Quality Matters include continuous, centered, collegial, and collaborative efforts for online and blended course improvements.
Florida Gulf Coast University delivers several hundred courses online each semester. If you teach an online or blended course, consider reviewing your course against The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric. The rubric consists of eight general standards and 43 specific standards that examine the quality of courses. Applying The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric provides a check point for alignment on essential course components such as learning objectives, assessment/measurement, learner engagement, resources/materials, and course technology.
In addition, Quality Matters provides the opportunity for professional development. Faculty and educational staff can participate in face-to-face and online workshops to prepare them to participate in course reviews or improve their online teaching methods and course design practices. For more information, please visit Quality Matters.
For more information on The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, please contact your e-Learning team - Christopher Jordanek (7084), Elspeth McCulloch (7082) or Heather Tate (4282).