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Quality Matters

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Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized benchmark for online course design.  The QM Program is a research-centered approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement for online learning. The primary components are:

  • A set of standards (Rubric) for the design of online courses, and online components of hybrid courses,
  • A faculty-centered, collegial peer review process for applying these standards, and
  • Related professional development workshops and training for faculty and online learning professionals. 

For a detailed introduction to QM and resources visit

The QM Rubric

The QM Rubric is based on recognized best practices, built on the expertise of instructional designers and experienced online teachers, and supported by distance education literature and research. The goal of the program is to enable faculty to increase student engagement, learning, and satisfaction in online courses by implementing better course design.

While the QM Rubric and process were developed to meet a specific need, some colleges/users have adapted it to meet a wide range of needs in the rapid growth of online and blended courses:

  • Informal, internally managed, online course review processes;
  • Guidance to instructors and course developers during the initial course design stage; and
  • Development and training programs that prepare faculty to teach online.
  • Some colleges/institutions have successfully cited implementation of the QM standards and processes as evidence of quality assurance in their accreditation reviews and other forms of external accountability.

For more information and a downloadable PDF of the Rubric, visit

Upcoming Training

APPQMR Workshops

The workshop is free for Ohio Consortium members, but registration is required.

Friday, April 8, 2016

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Check-in at 8:45 AM)

Location: University of Cincinnati, Main Campus, Room 475 Langsam Library. Maps, driving directions and links to garage parking rates are available at:

UC participants should register online via the CET&L Faculty Development One Stop. Otherwise, please e-mail Janet Staderman and indicate your name, college/university, and phone number.

Online APPQMR Sessions

Offered by certified facilitators in Ohio for a significantly reduced rate of $25.00. Log onto MYQM and create an account (if you do not have one already).  Then click on the Higher Education tab at the top of the page; find Workshop-Register in the left navigation and select Dedicated Training. This will list the upcoming workshops offered by Ohio Consortium members. Click Register.   

Please note:  Be sure to select Dedicated Training. If you click on the QM Training link, only APPQMR offered by national QM will appear. The fee for those workshops is $200.00.

QM Success Stories

Free for Subscribers!

"QM Success Stories" sessions offer a solution of how to fit in one more meeting or time for professional development.  Join your colleagues for one hour sessions showcasing quality courses or come learn how your fellow subscribers implemented Quality Matters at their institutions. 

The sessions are scheduled once per month and are FREE for subscribers only!

Register now as space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

You can register once and are welcome to share the webinar with colleagues. QM Success Stories will be live captioned!

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The Ohio QM Consortium

UC is a member of the Ohio QM Consortium, the largest statewide QM subscriber. The Ohio Consortium connects first-time users and facilitators with experienced QM facilitators for support and training expertise.

Need a QM Account?

  • Log in MYQM at
  • Enter your UC Email Address and select New user
  • Enter the University of Cincinnati as your institution/organization
  • Select Create Account

UC Coordinators

The following individuals serve as primary point of contact and liaison for institutional membership in QM and Ohio QM Consortium, resources, management of course reviews, and support for workshop hosting. Please contact them if you have questions.

Main Campus: Melody Clark

Janet Staderman

UC Blue Ash:  Pam Rankey

UC Clermont:  Sue Trakas