Quality Matters: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Online Course

QMThis online course introduces you to the Quality Matters (QM) program that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. UNC has been a subscriber to Quality Matters since 2009 and encourages all new online courses to use Quality Matters as a guideline for development.

QM is based on a process that includes the use of the QM rubric of standards along with a peer review process to improve the design of online courses.

Faculty members who attend this “Applying the Rubric” course will gain tools which will help them evaluate and improve their existing online courses or plan a new online course with the rubric as a guideline. In addition, interested faculty can attend the “Peer Reviewer Certification” course offered by Quality Matters and become a certified reviewer. As a certified reviewer, you will be qualified to review courses from other institutions and receive a stipend. UNC currently has 10 certified QM reviewers among the faculty and staff.


  • Describe the underlying principles of Quality Matters TM (QM)
  • Use the QM Rubric to assess the quality of an online course
  • Explain the rubric scoring system
  • Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement based on the standards


The course is designed for faculty members who have experience teaching online or have used Blackboard extensively to support their face to face courses.


The course will be offered entirely online starting Mar. 12 and concluding on Mar. 30. The course is mostly self-paced, with quizzes for each module and two assignments that must be submitted by the end date.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the program, please contact
Sherri Lancton at 970-351-2920 or email to: sherri.lancton@unco.edu.

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

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