Course Review Process

Review Process for Online Courses at TAMIU

Quality Matters promotes a peer review process and provides a database of trained QM Peer Reviews eligible for assignment to a peer review team.

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The Review Process

At TAMIU, the following process will be is used for online course reviews.

Before Review(s)

  1. The Faculty Online Course Developer will implement the Quality Matter Rubrics in the course that is being developed for online delivery with the assistance of an Instructional Technology Coordinator while the course is being taught.
  2. After delivery of course, the Faculty Online Course Developer will have up to 30 days to make final adjustments to course shell.

Internal Review

  1. Application for course review will be submitted to the QM Course Review Management System by QM Coordinator or Instructional Technology Coordinator.
  2. Course developer worksheet will be submitted via the QM Course Review Management System by Faculty Online Course Developer.
  3. An Internal Course Review Team will be assigned to review.
  4. A pre-review phone conference will held amongst the Faculty Online Course Developer, QM Coordinator, and the review team. Review will begin after phone conference.
  5. Course Review Team will provide the Faculty Course Developer with recommendations and feedback via the QM Course Review Management System.
  6. If course does not meet QM standards, Faculty Online Course Developer will make necessary amendments to meet QM standards. (An Instructional Technology Coordinator may assist with changes.)
  7. The Faculty Online Course Developer will modify the course based on additional recommendation provided by the Internal Peer Course Review Team. (An Instructional Technology Coordinator may assist with changes.)
  8. After an internal course review has been finalized by the chair of the review team, the Faculty Online Course Developer must complete a Review Outcome Response Form by logging into the Course Review Management System. The form is located in the Review Actions section of My Open Reviews.
  9. After the completion of an internal review process, an offical QM course review may be conducted through Quality Matters and TAMIU.

Official Review

  1. Application for course review will be submitted to the QM Course Review Management System by QM Coordinator or Instructional Technology Coordinator.
  2. Course developer worksheet will be submitted via the QM Course Review Management System by Faculty Online Course Developer.
  3. A Course Review Team (consisting of a Master Reviewer, Subject Matter Expert, an External Reviewer) will be assigned to course review.
  4. A pre-review phone conference will held amongst the Faculty Online Course Developer, QM Coordinator, and the review team. Review will begin after phone conference.
  5. Course Review Team will provide the Faculty Online Course Developer with recommendations and feedback via the QM Course Review Management System.
  6. If course does not meet QM standards, Faculty Online Course Developer will make necessary amendments to meet QM standards. (An Instructional Technology Coordinator may assist with changes.)
  7. At completion of course review, course will meet QM standards and course developer will be notified.
  8. The Faculty Online Course Developer must complete a Review Outcome Response Form by logging into the Course Review Management System. The form is located in the Review Actions section of My Open Reviews.

After Official Review

  1. The course review certificate may be printed from your MyQM account within 3 business days of all paperwork submission.
  2. Courses that successfully meet QM standards are eligible to carry the QM Certification Mark.

A peer review is a rigorous process. The active course review period is approximately three weeks; during this period, the team convenes, independently reviews the course, makes decisions, and writes substantive feedback in the Reviewer Worksheet online. The compiled anonymous feedback from the three reviewers is usually submitted to the faculty developer/instructor within six weeks. The faculty developer/instructor may need additional time to complete mandatory revisions. The entire review period may be as long as twenty weeks from the time the course review was started.

A QM Review is a time-consuming process, but it does get easier with practice. Typically, the first review takes the longest...subsequent reviews become easier as you become more familiar with the standards and annotations. The time investment depends on your familiarity with the learning management system, the discipline and, of course, the QM rubric!

Interested in having your course reviewed?

Please contact the QM Coordinator, Dr. Abrego, for more information:

Dr. Patricia Abrego, Director of Instructional Technology and Distance Education Services
pabrego@tamiu.edu | 956.326.2792 | Killam Library 259

For more information about the course review process at TAMIU,
please contact the eLearning Team at elearning@tamiu.edu or at 956.326.2972.

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Instructional Technology & Distance Education Services
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