QM Online Course Design – Have a Course Reviewed

How do QM peer reviews work?

In a QM Peer Review, three QM-trained, experienced online instructors use the QM Rubric to review the design of an online or hybrid course. The rubric, updated biennially to reflect the most current research, consists of 42 standards, each assigned a number of points. Courses that meet all essential standards and amass at least 85 of 100 points in a review are certified by QM.

How does Ecampus help?

Ecampus works with faculty interested in pursuing QM certification in a variety of ways:

Quality Matters Play

Oregon State faculty discuss the experience and benefits of having their online and hybrid courses certified through Quality Matters.

  • In-depth pre-reviews by Ecampus instructional designers
  • Course templates based on QM standards
  • Guidance and support for course modifications
  • Coordination of review teams
  • Recognition of QM certified courses
  • Providing QM training

How will QM Online Course Design benefit instructors?

Having your online course peer reviewed is an ideal way to receive fresh ideas from colleagues who are interested in your course.  You'll learn what is already working well from the student perspective, and the peer review team will offer possible ideas for making the course even stronger (even on criteria that your course meets). OSU faculty who have pursued QM certification have also noted that they appreciate this unique opportunity to have their course reviewed by QM-trained colleagues outside of OSU.

The peer review process will push you to see course from the learners' perspective and determine if your students are engaging with the content in the class. And by becoming QM certified, your courses are publicly recognized as exemplifying the very best in online course design.

What steps are required to have my course QM reviewed?

  • The course needs to have been taught at least one term.
  • The instructor should have completed an APPQMR training.
  • The course needs to be pre-reviewed by an Ecampus instructional designer and any course modifications needed are complete at least two weeks before the formal review period begins.

What is the faculty time commitment?

While the amount of time required to successfully complete this process varies depending on the readiness of the course for formal review, it is a good idea to plan for:

  • 20 hours for the APPQMR training over two weeks
  • 1 hour meeting with an Ecampus instructional designer after pre-review to discuss results and next steps
  • 1-5 hours of course revisions before the formal review
  • 2 hours of engagement in the formal review process, including completion of a course information worksheet and attending the review team's pre-review conference call

When can I have my course formally QM reviewed?

We are happy to work with faculty during any quarter (including summer) to develop a timeline for course pre-review and formal review that works for them.  Contact Katherine McAlvage if you are interested in getting started.

What is the timeline for the formal review period?

The formal review period lasts approximately three weeks. The faculty developer should be available to answer questions from the review team during this period. If revisions are needed, the developer has the opportunity to make improvements to meet standards.  

The entire process must be completed within 20 weeks from the start of the formal course review.