Sign Up: Impact of Quality Matters Training on Student Success

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Published: Monday, November 1, 2021

We’d love to offer you a chance to get to work one-on-one with an Instructional Designer by participating in a research project.

Calling all online faculty! We have an exciting opportunity for you to participate in that will help both you and Digital Learning. We’d love to offer you a chance to get to work one-on-one with an Instructional Designer, regardless of online format, by participating in a research project called “Impact of Quality Matters Training on Student Success.”

Successful participants can earn up to $500 for their contribution to this study.

In brief, we are studying how a Quality Matters professional development experience can lead to course revisions that impact student success. If you are interested in participating in this statewide research project exploring how online course design impacts student success, please read on. 

Project Details

We are recruiting faculty who currently teach at least one online course and who would be interested in participating in the free Quality Matters (QM) workshop  “Improving Your Online Course (IYOC).” Following this workshop, a professional instructional designer will assist you in revising your course. If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to:

  • Share your online course with our research team.
  • Successfully complete the IYOC workshop.
  • Work with an instructional designer to improve your course.
  • Complete a short reflection questionnaire.
  • Distribute a student success survey in your online course.
  • Possibly participate in a reflective interview, conducted via Zoom.

Please note that you will not be identified in the study. All personal information will be de-identified, and all results will be reported anonymously, using pseudonyms. Please read or download the following graphic for information on how instructors will participate in this study.

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How Instructors Will Participate in this Study

  1. Before-and-after course reviews. After you share a copy of your online course, an instructional designer will review it and apply the Quality Matters Rubric. At the end of the study you will see the results. No one, outside of the research team and yourself, will see these reviews, and any publication of review results will be anonymous.
  2. Before-and-after student surveys. A link with instructions to an anonymous online student survey will be shared with students asking them how your course relates to their academic and professional success. A different group of students will complete the survey before and after you revise your course.
  3. Complete Quality Matters (QM) workshop. You will complete an online, asynchronous 2-week workshop called “Improving Your Online Course.” During this free workshop, you will learn best practices for online course design, and you will create a list of specific revisions for your course.
  4. Receive instructional design support. After completing the QM workshop, you will be paired with an instructional designer who will support you in implementing the course revisions you identified in the workshop.
  5. Complete a reflective questionnaire. After you have amended your course, you will complete a short, online questionnaire which asks you to reflect on the changes you have made to your course. These questionnaires will be anonymized before they are coded.
  6. You might be invited to participate in a semi-structured interview.You may be invited to participate in a 30-60 minute semi-structured interview. The online interview will be conducted, recorded, and transcribed by the Principal Investigator. After it is transcribed, it will be de-identified (also by the P.I.) before being coded or published.

How do I know whether I am eligible to participate?

  • You have a fully developed online course
  • You are teaching during the time you participate
  • You are enthusiastic to learn about and implement best practices in online education
  • You have minimal previous exposure to QM (meaning that you have not yet taken any formal Quality Matters professional development)

How to Sign Up

If you are interested in participating in this study, please fill out the Faculty Consent Form survey by February 1st, 2022.

One of the research team members will then follow up with you to provide the next steps. 

“An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.” 

If you have any questions about this study, please contact the Principal Investigator, Nicole Schmidt (

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Nicole Schmidt

Nicole Schmidt
Instructional Designer III