Quality Matters

Quality Matters LogoQuality Matters (QM)™ is a course review process that is currently being established at Valdosta State University. It allows for the continuous improvement of online and hybrid courses. It was developed by a MarylandOnline grant project with the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and has been adopted by hundreds of higher education institutions across forty-two states, Canada, Bermuda and Australia. Courses that have been taught for at least one semester are eligible for QM review. The goals of the program are to increase student retention, learning, and satisfaction in online courses by implementing better course design.

Quality Matters Course Review Process:

If you are interested in submitting one of your online or hybrid courses for QM recognition, please complete our initial QM Course Review Interest form.

Congratulations to the following VSU faculty who have received QM certification:

Dr. Victoria Russell:
ESOL 4500/FLED 7500 - Theory and Practice in Second Language Acquisition

Dr. Penelope Schmidt:
POLS 4860 - Nonprofit Management

Dr. Beatriz Potter:
SPAN 2002 - Intermediate Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures II

Dr. Chunlei Liu:
CS 3700 - Introduction to E-Commerce

Dr. Deborah Weaver:
NURS 3060 - Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Dr. James Archibald:
LEAD 7830 - Law and Policy in Higher Education

Dr. Pat Miller:
ENGL 8300 - Revision/Editing for Professionals

Dr. Anthony Pellegrino:
EDET 8010 - Reflective Teaching Practices

QM is not a faculty evaluation that will affect promotion and tenure. It focuses solely on course design, not faculty performance. QM provides the opportunity for faculty course developers to be an active part of a review process which provides feedback and recommendations for course design improvements to meet quality expectations based on National Standards and research literature. This is accomplished by aligning the course to a rubric that consists of the following general review standards that are based on eight national standards and instructional design principles which help students reach desired learning objectives:

  1. Course Overview and Introduction

  2. Learning Objectives

  3. Assessment and Measurement

  4. Resources and Materials

  5. Learner Engagement

  6. Course Technology

  7. Learner Support

  8. Accessibility

A set of forty specific elements distributed across these eight broad standards are used to evaluate the design of online and hybrid courses.