Quality Matters Workshops

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Quality Matters online workshops help educators and instructional designers grow beyond their current online learning expertise. Whether you are experienced or just entering online learning, your courses — and learners — will benefit from the application of QM Rubrics and course improvement tools.

If you are interested in providing one of these workshops for your department, please contact Darrin Jones, CELT Quality Matters Program Coordinator, or call 515-294-5357.

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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)

Quality Matters Teaching and Learning Community

Quality Matters at Iowa State University


Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

Learn the underlying principles behind the QM Rubric and the critical elements of the QM quality assurance process. Learn about drafting helpful recommendations as you apply the Rubric to an actual course.

Course length: One day (at Iowa State)

QM’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors. It is particularly helpful to those new to QM or those considering the adoption of a quality assurance process for online and blended learning.

In addition to learning about the QM Rubric and the course review process, participants will learn to apply the concept of alignment and draft helpful recommendations for course improvement.

The APPQMR is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

Recommended For

  • Those looking to understand the QM Rubric and course review process.
  • Those who wish to complete the Higher Ed Peer Reviewer Course.

Learning Objectives

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters.
  2. Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
  3. Apply the QM Rubric to review online courses.
  4. Make decisions on whether the demo course meets selected QM Rubric Standards.
  5. Apply the concept of alignment.
  6. Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

Upcoming APPQMR workshops:

Registration via Learn@ISU website for the following offering:

  • May 2 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)

Use the QM Rubric to review your own courses and develop a course improvement plan.

Course length: ½ day (at Iowa State)

The “Improving Your Online Course” workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own online courses and develop a course improvement plan.

The content is based on the essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online course is required.

This workshop is recommended for: Tenured, tenure-eligible, and term faculty (assistant, associate, or full professors, lecturers, clinicians, and adjunct faculty), staff with a teaching role, and instructional designers with a course they are wanting to improve.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters.
  2. Apply the essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric to your own online course.
  3. Describe the alignment of at least one module/unit in your online course.
  4. Prioritize improvements to your online course.

Upcoming IYOC workshops:

Registration via Learn@ISU website.

Choose to attend one of the following program offerings: Jan. 30 (8 a.m.-Noon), Mar. 29 (8 a.m.-Noon), Feb. 25 (1-5 p.m.), or Apr. 23 (1-5 p.m.).