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What
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s Quality Matters (QM)?
Because quality educational instruction is part of Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) mission, a
quality assurance program was adopted by TAMIU through the Distance Education Advisory Committee (DEAC)
in September 2011 with the purpose of ensuring the quality of its online courses. TAMIU has adopted
the nationally recognized Quality Matters (QM) program for its peer-based approach to course
improvement. The course developer is an integral part of the internal review process with shared
responsibility and ownership. Course developers are required to participate in professional development
workshops on how to apply the QM rubric in developing or revising their online course. TAMIU is
committed to deploying the highest level of education in its online offerings and will adhere to these
criteria.
Quality Matters provides a means of establishing and implementing peer reviews
for online courses. Course reviews, conducted by a team of Quality Matters
certified peer reviewers, highlight good design elements and provide feedback
on areas of improvement. A course that meets Quality Matters standards is
awarded a nationally recognized Quality Matters official recognition.
The goal of Quality Matters is to ensure a high quality experience for online learners. Quality Matters
has criteria that a course must meet in order to be QM recognized. These criteria include meeting at
least 85% of the QM standards. The course content is the range of the content expert within the
alignment guidelines of objectives, activities and measurement as specified by the QM rubric.
The QM Rubric
The QM rubric (
Appendix D
) consists of a set of 40 specific elements based on research and
established standards by which to evaluate the design of online courses. After you complete your QM
training, an Instructional Technology Coordinator will be assigned to assist you with course
development. All Instructional Technology Coordinators have been QM certified as peer reviewers. Peer
reviewers are certified to utilize the rubric and review courses for QM.
Meet with Your Instructional Technology Coordinator
A high quality online course is a complex product that requires the expertise of more than one person. A
content expert (faculty developer) and an instructional technologist form the design team. Each
member contributes to the process according to his or her expertise. The content expert writes and
selects the content materials, and the instructional technologist adapts the content for online delivery.
An Instructional Technology Coordinator will be assigned to your course immediately after receipt of the
required paperwork. It is expected that you will communicate with your Instructional Technology
Coordinator at least once a week throughout the duration of the development process. Regular
scheduled meetings are highly recommended.
The Review Process
Upon completion of your course development and after the class has been taught at least once, it will
be reviewed by a panel of internal peer reviewers. Once the panel certifies that the course meets at
least 85% of the QM standards, the course will be recommended for an external review. The external
review committee is comprised of a Master Reviewer, a Subject Matter Expert, and a Peer Reviewer.