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Quality Matters at USI.

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, nationally recognized, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components.

QM Review Process

In an official QM course review, the goal is to provide specific feedback that can be used to improve the course and lead to an improved experience for the learner. After completion of the course, the course is then reviewed by a team of three QM-Certified Peer Reviewers using the QM Rubric. Please view the QM Review Process homepage for more information.

USI QM-Certified Courses

  • 2024
  • 2023 - Ranked 2nd worldwide in number of QM-Certified courses
  • 2022Ranked 4th worldwide in number of QM-Certified courses
  • 2021Ranked 3rd worldwide in number of QM-Certified courses
  • 2020Ranked 2nd worldwide in number of QM-Certified courses
  • 2019 - Ranked 5th worldwide in number of QM-Certified courses
  • 2018

The QM Rubric

Based on research-supported and published best practices, the QM Rubric is a set of standards used to review the design of online courses. The Rubric is complete with Annotations that explain the application of the Standards and the relationships among them. A scoring system comprised of 8 General Standards and 44 Specific Review Standards facilitate the evaluation by a team of reviewers.

The Eight General Standards:

  1. Course Overview and Introduction
  2. Learning Objectives (Competencies)
  3. Assessment and Measurement
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Course Activities and Learner Interaction
  6. Course Technology
  7. Learner Support
  8. Accessibility and Usability

The University of Southern Indiana is a Quality Matters subscribing institution. Every semester, Online Learning hosts QM workshops to help faculty become familiar with the review process and rubric. 

If you are interested in learning more about the QM review process and rubric or becoming a Peer Reviewer, please email Online Learning.

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