Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

Friday, February 21, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

by Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center staff

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QM - Quality Matters

The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition, is a set of general standards and several specific review standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. The Rubric includes Annotations that explain the application of the Standards and the relationship among them. The Quality Matters Review process is faculty-driven and promotes continuous improvement of online and blended courses.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM process and perhaps become QM Peer Reviewers.

Participants who successfully complete Applying the QM Rubric may wish to continue on to the Peer Reviewer Course (PRC).The PRC specifically addresses the roles and responsibilities of a QM Peer Reviewer. It is intended for anyone who wants a detailed understanding of the Peer Reviewer’s role during course reviews. This may include those who intend to serve as Facilitators and/or Peer Reviewers on internal course review teams at their own institution or on external reviews.

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the underlying principles of QM. (Recognize key QM underlying principles and concepts.)
  2. Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
  3. Apply the QM Rubric, Sixth Edition, 2018 to review online courses.
  4. Make decisions on whether the SBS 3053 course meets selected QM Rubric Standards.
  5. Apply the concept of alignment.
  6. Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

Tentative Agenda

8:30 am
9:00 am
Welcome and introductions
9:30 am
Overview of Quality Matters process, underlying principles, and rubric
Applying the standards to a course
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Reviewing a course using the QM rubric
Writing a helpful recommendation
4:30 pm
Conclusion and evaluation


Office of the Provost
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

This workshop is only for NIU faculty, instructors, and SPS and Civil Service staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials, lunch, a certificate of participation, and will be eligible to complete the Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Course. Participants must attend the entire day to be eligible to register for the Peer Reviewer Course. Advance registration is required.

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 16, 2020. Register now

Last updated: 01/14/20