Quality Matters Reviews at the University of Arizona

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Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The UA subscribes to Quality Matters as part of our commitment to provide students with high-quality online courses.

The Quality Matters (QM) program is made up of three components: the rubric, a peer review process, and professional development. As a member of the University community, you can access the full rubric, have your course reviewed, and take professional development workshops at no additional cost. QM is a collegial process focused on feedback and continuous improvement. It is not a formal evaluation tool.

Internal Reviews

We use QM to apply research-based best practices in course design. The review process focuses on course design, not teaching or content. To best serve our instructors and students, we have created an internal review process that uses a shortened version of the rubric and a modified review process. A digital badge is awarded to courses that meet the rubric standards.

Continuous Improvement

The recommendations generated by the review are flexible and not prescriptive. There are many ways to meet each standard. The goal is for all courses to eventually meet all standards in order to promote student learning and create course design that facilitates ease of use for both instructor and student.

If you are interested in engaging with the QM community on campus, you can contact the UA’s QM representative, Janet Smith.

Authored By:

Janet Smith

Janet Smith
Assistant Director, Continuous Improvement