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The Quality Matters Rubric

Based on research-supported and published best practices, the QM Rubric is a set of standards by which to evaluate the design on online and blended courses. The rubric is complete with annotations that explain the application of the standards and the relationship between them. A scoring system and set of online tools facilitate the evaluation by a team of reviewers.

The Quality Matters Rubric and review process are dynamic and reflect current research findings and national standards of best practice in online learning. Such standards include the following:

  1. QM Rubric (Small Thumbnail) Course Overview and Introduction – The overall design of the course is made clear to the learner at the beginning of the course.
  2. Learning Objectives (Competencies) – Learning objectives or competencies describe what learners will be able to do upon completion of the course.
  3. Assessment and Measurement – Assessments are integral to the learning process and are designed to evaluate learner progress in achieving the stated learning objectives or mastering the competencies.
  4. Instructional Materials – Instructional materials enable learners to achieve stated learning objectives or competencies.
  5. Course Activities and Learner Interaction – Course activities facilitate and support learner interaction and engagement.
  6. Course Technology – Course technologies support learners’ achievement of course objectives or competencies.
  7. Learner Support – The course facilitates learner access to institutional support services essential to learner success.
  8. Accessibility and Usability – The course design reflects a commitment to accessibility and usability for all learners.

Courses that successfully meet the QM Rubric standards in an official course review are eligible to carry the QM certification mark.

To view the Quality Matters™ Rubric Standards Fifth Edition, 2014, click here.

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