Anyone at Iowa State can create a free QM account, access the QM Rubric, and initiate a QM Self-Review.
To begin, create an account through the Quality Matters (QM) by submitting an Iowa State (iastate.edu) email address and creating a password on the MyQM website. Your account will give you access to a plethora of QM resources including:
- The QM Course Design Standards rubric
- The automated course self-review system
- QM professional development opportunities
Below you will find the benefits of Quality Matters along with these three primary components: the rubric, the course review process, and professional development opportunities.
The QM Course Design Standards Rubric
The QM Course Design Standards rubric (accessible in your free QM account) is a research-based instrument organized into a set of 8 General Review Standards. Each is accompanied by a subset of Specific Review Standards (SRS). View and download the Specific Review Standards from the QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition (PDF).
The rubric can be accompanied by a workbook, which may be checked-out from CELT. The workbook contains an annotation for each standard and many examples illustrating how each standard can be met.
You can use the rubric and the workbook to:
- Self-inspect the design of your existing online and/or blended course.
- Make a list of and prioritize your course improvements. QM’s central belief is that all courses can use improvement through incremental measurable changes.
- Develop a new online or blended course from scratch.
The same QM rubric is used during the official QM review (link to the QM-managed certification), which if successful, benchmarks a course as meeting the nationally and internationally recognized QM Course Design Standards.
With your free QM account, you receive access to the automated course self-review system, which allows to document whether and how your current online and/or blended course meets the QM Course Design Standards. The self-review is a good way to write down and plan for course improvements as well as prioritize them, so that they can be implemented incrementally.
The self-review initiated inside your QM account is not accessible to anybody, but you.
QM offers a course standards rubric, different types of course reviews, and other types of professional development through its website and ISU’s subscription. Review your opportunities on the QM Professional Development webpage.
Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-294-5357. We are happy to address any, beginner-level or advanced questions you may have about QM at ISU.