Quality Matters

UNC Quality Matters Project Overview

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Background

Quality Matters (QM), originated from a FIPSE grant, and is a faculty-driven and centered peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Sponsored by MarylandOnline, Inc, Quality Matters has generated widespread interest and received national recognition for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education.

UNC online programs have grown significantly during the past years, and will continuously expand through extended studies and existing avenues in the future. Partnering with the Office of Extended Studies (OES), the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning believe it is critical to maintain consistent and systematic standards for gauging the quality of online courses, and provide ongoing professional development for instructors who teach online or hybrid courses. We believe that the Quality Matters program will be a beneficial project that adds to a culture of faculty helping faculty.

Eligibility

Faculty serving as instructors of record (current or past) in online courses are eligible to apply. Full time faculty currently teaching online courses will be given preference over other appointments.

  • Prior training in online teaching
  • Online teaching experience
    • More than 2 semesters teaching online course(s)
    • Taught online within the last 18 months

Benefits to Participants

  • Support to redesign existing online course  
  • Development of critical assessment skills for examining online courses and materials
  • Support the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching
  • Opportunity to work with peers with similar interests for support and feedback
  • Opportunity to be trained as a QM Peer Reviewer and Master Reviewer
  • Supporting Resources
    • CETL and OES will provide funding for training as a QM peer-reviewer and/or  master reviewer
    • Participants who publish an article on the results of integrating Quality Matters into their own teaching or scholarship will receive a $500 stipend from the Office of Academic Affairs. Participants who present their findings at a conference of their choice on the results of integrating Quality Matters into their own teaching or scholarship will receive a $350 stipend.

For more information about UNC Quality Matters Project Requirement, please contact the CETL office at 970-351-2885.


For more information about Quality Matters, please visit http://www.qualitymatters.org