The University of Minnesota piloted Quality Matters in the fall of 2009. Since then, nearly 100 faculty and staff from four campuses have participated in Quality Matters trainings, and several have served as peer reviewers of online courses at other institutions.
The Quality Matters rubric is based on best practices and research on instructional design and student experiences in online courses. Aspects of the rubric will be familiar to people who have some experience with instructional design practice and theory. Even people who are familiar with instructional design have found the QM rubric helpful. As a rubric, it provides an easy-to-use tool to review aspects of an online course that directly effect student engagement and learner outcomes.
The rubric is also flexible: faculty who want to address specific aspects of the student experience in their online course can focus on the standards in the rubric that relate to those areas.
An updated Quality Matters rubric will be released in June 2011. In the meantime, if you would like to participate in a training or learn more about Quality Matters, contact Amanda Rondeau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-624-5732.