What is Quality Matters?
Quality Matters (QM) is a national, faculty-driven, peer review process designed to facilitate the continuous improvement of the design of online courses. QM was first piloted at Chemeketa in 2007, and we now have over 100 faculty members trained in applying QM standards. QM’s goals are to improve student learning, retention, and satisfaction in online courses through better course design and to reflect results of academic research on effective learning.
Who uses the QM Program?
QM is used in hundreds of institutions nation-wide. Here in the Pacific Northwest, over 50 colleges and universities use this program to improve the quality of their courses and their service to students. The Quality Matters site has a complete listing of QM-recognized courses.
How does a QM Peer Review work?
The QM Peer Review process works like this:
- A team of three trained online faculty members—including one subject matter expert—use the QM rubric to review and provide feedback to peers about the design of their online course
- Courses must meet all of the essential standards and reach a certain threshold on non-essential standards in order be QM certified
- Exceptional elements within a course are highlighted and reinforced, and positive recommendations for course improvement are suggested
- Successful course reviews result in national recognition by Quality Matters as well as recognition here at Chemeketa
Have a Course Reviewed
QM Peer Reviews are a unique professional development opportunity, which offer the potential of Chemeketa and national QM recognition.
Quality Matters Training
Find out what Quality Matters training opportunities are available to Chemeketa Faculty.
Become a Peer Reviewer
Chemeketa currently has fifteen certified peer reviewers, including two who are master reviewers.