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Quality Matters Training and Resources

What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the design quality of online courses and online components. QM provides on-site, online, and web-based professional development opportunities. Additionally, QM provides an online rubric that outlines principles of effective design for teaching classes online. The rubric contains 41 general and specific standards that cover issues such as course structure, management, and instructional design. Find out more about Quality Matters.

Who do I contact at MSU, Mankato for more information about Quality Matters?

ATS collaborates with a number of institutional partners to provide support services for Quality Matters. Quality Matters Institutional Representative, Michael Manderfeld, and faculty liaison, Dr. Emily Stark, Ph.D. are happy to meet with you to discuss QM and how it might benefit your own online course.

How involved is MSU, Mankato with Quality Matters?

MSU, Mankato leads the system in the number of faculty who have completed an APPQMR workshop. As of July 1st, 2013, QM records show that:

  • 113 faculty/staff have completed an APPQMR workshop
  • 6 faculty/staff have completed the QM Peer Reviewer Certification Course and have become QM Certified Peer Reviewers
  • 4 Certified Peer Reviewers have served on course review teams
  • 1 faculty/staff has completed requirements to become a QM Certified Master Reviewer
  • 1 courses have received QM recognition (not counted are any currently in the submission or review process)

Learn more about QM at MSU, Mankato

What is MOQI?

The Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI) was developed in 2012 by two partner institutions, Minnesota State University, Mankato and Northland Community and Technical College from the belief that through collaboration and coordination among institutions in Minnesota and some centralized support for institutions, institutions in Minnesota could:

  • Save 25% or more over the previous cost of Quality Matters training and course reviews
  • Reduce duplication of efforts and processes
  • Increase opportunities for faculty collaboration and collegial sharing
  • Increase faculty engagement in institutional efforts to meet Chancellor Rosenstone’s goals for providing extraordinary Education which will result in increased Completion and Retention in Minnesota.

MOQI is implemented and administered by Statewide Representatives for Quality Matters in Minnesota Linda Jacoby (Minnesota State University, Mankato) and Elizabeth McMahon (Northland Community and Technical College).

Part of the cost for Quality Matters workshops and courses (the Applying the Quality Matters Workshop, Peer Reviewer Course, and the Master Reviewer Course) and for course reviews is being underwritten by MOQI.

At this time, 37 MnSCU institutions are affiliates, including the five University of Minnesota campuses and the Department of Education (which works with K-12 districts). Coordinated QM workshops, certification courses, and course reviews are provided system-wide. Stay up to date with Quality Matters in Minnesota.

What types of Quality Matters Professional Development opportunities are available in Minnesota?

The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM’s flagship training. It provides an in-depth exploration of the QM Rubric and its use in evaluating online courses. MOQI also offers webinars, Peer and Master Reviewer certification courses, and more! Check out other QM Professional Development opportunities available in Minnesota.

How do I register for the online Applying Quality Matters Rubric Workshop (APPQMR)?

  1. Go to the registration website at
  2. Scroll down to the desired session date and click on the session link (e.g., “APP November 12 - November 26, 2013”)
  3. Fill in the required contact information and Continue
  4. Under “Institution Representing” select your institution from the dropdown menu.
  5. Identify your role, dept and/or program name.
  6. Verify your information and Continue
  7. You should see the cost listed as $55.00 and can continue there also.
  8. Select the payment option and enter the appropriate information.
  • Faculty/staff from institutions other than Minnesota State University, Mankato may use a personal or other credit card or may provide a purchase order number and contact information for the person approving or associated with the purchase order.
  • Faculty/staff from Minnesota State University, Mankato may use a personal credit card (i.e., one in which charges are made to and paid by you personally) or may use a cost center number. The administrative assistant for your college or department should be able to help you if you don’t know how to obtain a cost center number. You will also need to provide contact information for the person in your college, department or program who has approved your use of the cost center number. You may NOT use a department credit card or any university purchasing card (even if it has your own name on it.

9. Submit your registration.

Learn how to register for other QM workshops and courses.

How do I get a course reviewed?

QM recommends that courses undergo review only after they have been taught at least once, if not twice, by the instructor. Follow the steps of the MSU, Mankato Institutional Process document to ensure that the review process goes smoothly. If you have any questions while working through this process, do not hesitate to contact the Quality Matters Institutional Representative, Michael Manderfeld, or Emily Stark, the QM faculty liaison for MSU, Mankato.

Dr. Emily Stark discusses her experience with QM course review.

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Where can I review the Quality Matters standards and ATS' recommendations?

If you would like to review the QM standards and learn how you might apply one or more of them in your own course, please see our list of QM recommendations.

How can I use ATS' Quality Matters D2L Template?

Academic Technology Services has developed a Quality Matters template for D2L. This template outlines mechanisms to help you consider ways of designing your course to address QM’s 41 standards. To implement the QM template in your own course, please contact the ITS Service Desk. If you would like more information about the QM template, please contact Michael Manderfeld, or watch our Template Overview Video.