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Quality Matters

What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters is a nationally recognized standard for online/hybrid course design. It consists of a rubric with 42 standards, a set of training courses, and a peer-review process for official certification.

A pyramid showing the three levels of QM support: Training and Awareness, Internal Peer Reviews, and Official Course Reviews
Online/Hybrid Course Certification

Quality Matters requires that you wait until a course is mature – run more than 2 times – before submitting for the QM peer review process. Once certified, it can carry the QM certification for 5 years unless there are major revisions, such as changes to the learning outcomes or the textbook.

Want to get an online/hybrid course certified? Don’t be intimidated! We are here to guide you through the process and help you prepare ahead of time.

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Free Training & Preparation

Saint Paul College and Minnesota State both offer free training and support to any FT/PT faculty members who are interested in improving their courses using QM.

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)
Take one of your existing courses and apply 23 of the essential QM standards to it in this FREE 2-week online workshop. You will come away with an action plan for further improving your course.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)
Learn about the QM rubric, applying its standards, and giving feedback in this FREE 2-week online workshop. You will gain a thorough understanding of best, evidence-based practices for online/hybrid course design. ​

Saint Paul College “Internal Review Cohort”
Work asynchronously over 5 weeks with other faculty and an Instructional Designer to assess your course’s readiness for the official QM peer review process. Usually offered once per semester, the cohort requires previous QM training/experience to participate.

Course Review Preparation
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