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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 student at the beginning of the course.
  2. Learning Objectives (Competencies) – Learning objectives are measurable and are clearly stated.
  3. Assessment and Measurement – Assessment strategies are designed to evaluate student progress by reference to stated learning objectives, to measure the effectiveness of student learning; and to be integral to the learning process.
  4. Instructional Materials – Instructional materials are sufficiently comprehensive to achieve stated course objectives and learning outcomes.
  5. Learner Interaction and Engagement – Forms of interaction incorporated in the course motivate students and promote learning.
  6. Course Technology – Course navigation and technology support student engagement and ensure access to course components.
  7. Learner Support – The course facilitates student access to institutional support services essential to student success.
  8. Accessibility – The course demonstrates a commitment to accessibility for all students.

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 2011-2013 edition.
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