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What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters™ (QM) Program began as a grant-funded project at the University of MarylandOnline, Inc. QM became a self-supporting organization in 2006, and TWU has been a subscribing member of QM since 2007. The Quality Matter Rubric, a set of standards dedicated to the continuous improvement of online learning and course design, can be used in a variety of ways to help instructors develop, redesign, and assess their online and hybrid courses. Learn more about Quality Matters.


Becoming Involved with Quality Matters at TWU

If you are interested in QM and how it can help you improve your online and hybrid courses, contact Diann Maurer, QM Coordinator at TWU, about how to become involved in the following opportunities:

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) Workshop

The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) Workshop introduces participants to the Quality Matters (QM) process and rubric. The facilitator will present information about the rubric and peer review process and guide participants through a series of activities designed to promote understanding of the quality standards and to give hands-on experience in applying these standards to the review of an online/blended course. Upon successful completion of the workshop, faculty will be eligible to participate in Peer Reviewer Certification training, online from Quality Matters.

TWU Peer Review Program

The Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology sponsors a voluntary collegial peer review process based on the Quality Matters standards and procedures. Instructors who successful complete the official peer review process earn QM certification for the reviewed course, a nationally recognized achievement. The recognition expires after 5 years.

Official reviews are conducted by trained and qualified peer reviewers. A limited number of reviews will be conducted each academic year. Reviews will be distributed among programs and departments. Instructors are required to successfully complete the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop before applying for an official review.

Currently Recognized Courses

2016

  • FS 4583: Parenting Issues and Education, Dr. Nerissa Gillum
  • HS 3033: Medical Terminology, Ms. Amy Clark

2014

  • GOV 2023: Texas Government, Dr. Jennifer Danley-Scott

2013

  • BUS 4333: Business Policy, Dr. Derek Crews
  • LS 5233: Multimedia Resources & Services, Dr. Jennifer Richey
  • NURS 6023: Philosophy of Nursing Science, Dr. Marge Benham-Hutchins
  • NURS 6024: Theory & Methods of Qualitative Nursing Research, Dr. Donna Scott-Tilley
  • NURS 6173: Instruments in Nursing Research, Dr. Donna Sauls

2012

  • KINS 5483: Sport Sales, Sponsorship and Fundraising, Dr. Kimberly Miloch
  • NURS 6002: Multicultural Nursing, Dr. Elizabeth Restrepo
  • NURS 6043: Policy, Power & Politics, Dr. Donna Sauls
  • NURS 6323: Informatics and Research in Nursing and Health Care, Dr. Marge Benham-Hutchins

Previously Recognized Courses

2011

  • NURS 6004: Theory & Foundations of Nursing Research, Dr. Donna Scott-Tilley
  • NURS 6033: Ethical Dimensions of Nursing, Dr. Donna Sauls

2010

  • HIST 1023: History of the United States, 1865 to the Present, Ms. Kam De Leon

2009

  • EDUC 5143: Effective Design & Management of the Classroom, Dr. Karen Dunlap
  • FS 5693: Research Methods in Family Science, Dr. Katie Rose
  • LS 5903: Special Topics - Adult User Education, Ms. Heidi Ashbaugh

2008

  • DH 4113: Comprehensive Care of Medically Compromised, Dr. Leslie Koberna
  • DNCE 4383: Performing Arts in American Popular Culture, Dr. Linda Caldwell
  • FS 5533: Parenting Education, Dr. Katie Rose
  • LS 5103: Cataloging & Classification, Dr. Gretchen Hoffman
  • NURS 3612: Introduction to Nursing Research, Dr. Sharon Van Sell

2007

  • MU 2713: Understanding the Arts - Music, Dr. Nancy Hadsell