What are QM Digital Credentials?

Digital Credentials from Quality Matters represent mastery of identified competencies. Digital Credentials are visible and may be shared on social media. QM Digital Credentials are backed by evidence developed by the earner.

In today’s workforce, it is important to differentiate amongst candidates and their knowledge, skills and abilities in ways that a certificate alone does not communicate. Demonstrated proof of knowledge or competence is often a requirement in interview processes today.


The QM Teaching Online Certificate is a digital credential that represents the earner’s mastery of seven different competencies targeting online teaching.

Earners of the Teaching Online Certificate can share with current and potential employers credentials that are backed by evidence of their learning/knowledge/mastery. QM Digital Credentials can be placed in email signatures, shared on social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook to showcase the earner’s mastery.

Employers can be confident in the quality of the Teaching Online Certificate earner through review of the evidence that backs each digital credential.

To earn a QM Digital Credential, the current pathway is to complete one of seven Teaching Online Certificate workshops. The earner develops evidence of learning throughout the workshop that shows his or her knowledge mastery of seven specific competencies.

Workshop Name


Digital Credential Name

Gauging Your Technology Skills (GYTS)

Identify technology skills gaps and be able to fill those gaps through available resources.

Technology Skills Self-Assessment

Evaluating Your Course Design (EYCD)

Evaluate the instructional design of online courses using established quality assurance standards and rectify deficiencies through teaching.

Evaluation of Course Design

Exploring Your Institution’s Policies (EYIP)

Determine institutional policies related to online teaching at your institution.

Policy Awareness

Orienting Your Online Learners (OYOL)

Explain why and how to orient learners to online learning and to online courses.

Orienting Learners

Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies (CLTTS)

Select teaching strategies based on learning theories.

Connecting Learning Theories to Teaching Strategies

Creating Presence in Your Online Course (CPOC)

Describe how to create instructor, social, and cognitive presence in online courses.

Creating Presence

Assessing Your Learners  (AYL)

Assess learning in online courses and explain ways to assess teaching in online courses.

Learner Assessment


QM respects the privacy of all Digital Credential earners. Some may choose not to claim earned credentials. All earners also receive certificates of completion.