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. Online or blended/hybrid 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/blended courses by implementing better course design.

The QM Fifth Edition Rubric is available via MyQM.  If you do not have a MyQM account, please use the "Need an Account?" link on the MyQM Login page.  If you have questions about creating your MyQM account, please contact us.

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. Jia Lu:
GEOG 1102 - World Regional Geography

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

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 national standards and instructional design principles which help students reach desired learning objectives:

  1. Course Overview and Introduction

  2. Learning Objectives (Competencies)

  3. Assessment and Measurement

  4. Instructional Materials

  5. Learner Activities and Learner Interaction

  6. Course Technology

  7. Learner Support

  8. Accessibility and Usability