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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 8 general and 43 specific standards that cover issues such as course structure, management, and instructional design. Check out our Str8 Talk video series to learn more about each general standard. 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 QM certified courses at 4-year Institutions. As of May 24, 2016, QM records show that:

  • 148 faculty/staff have completed an APPQMR workshop
  • 7 faculty/staff have completed the QM Peer Reviewer Certification Course and have become QM Certified Peer Reviewers
  • 7 Certified Peer Reviewers have served on course review teams
  • 4 faculty/staff has completed requirements to become a QM Certified Master Reviewer
  • 43 courses have received QM recognition (not counted are any currently in the submission or review process)
  • 55 courses have been reviewed in the QM system by faculty reviewers from Minnesota State University, Mankato

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 Elizabeth Harsma (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, 34 Minnesota State 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)?

More information coming from the Minnesota Online Quality Iniative (MOQI) later in the Fall of 2018. 

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.


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 43 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.