What are the underlying principles of Quality Matters?
The Quality Matters Rubrics and processes are:
- The Quality Matters process is designed to ensure all reviewed courses will eventually meet expectations.
- The process is integral to a continuous quality improvement process.
- On research - the development of the rubric is based in national standards of best practice, the research literature, and instructional design principles.
- On student learning - the rubric and process are designed to promote student learning.
- On quality - the review sets a quality goal at the 85% level or better (courses do not have to be perfect but better than good enough).
- A Quality Matters review is part of a faculty-driven, peer review process.
- The review process is intended to be diagnostic and collegial, not evaluative and judgmental.
- The review is based on collaboratively identified evidence found in the course rather than the personal preference of an individual reviewer.
- The review is flexible and not prescriptive (many ways to meet each standard).
- The review team consists of experienced online instructors as reviewers in communication with the course developer.