Quality Matters

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 https://www.qualitymatters.org/

QM at UC

Watch this short video on how one College incorporated QM Principles.

Upcoming Training/Workshops

QM Rubric Update Sixth Edition Training

Quality Matters is releasing a new version of the Higher Education Rubric on July 2nd.  In order to prepare for the release, any individual who holds a QM role (Peer Reviewer, Master Reviewer, Facilitators, Course Review Manager, QM Coordinator) should complete this free, self-paced, Rubric Update session. You will learn about the changes to the Rubric as well as changes that are coming to the Course Review Management System. The Rubric Update session is estimated to take approximately three (3) hours to complete. The free Rubric Update session will be available to all QM members from June 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.  After December 31, there will be a $50 fee to complete the session.  Therefore, do not hesitate.  The session begins June 1, but you may register for the Rubric Update now.

APPQMR Workshops

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

October 31, 2018 (Main Campus)

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

Location: University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, University Hall, 4th Floor, Room 444 – Training Room #2
Maps and driving directions are available at: http://www.uc.edu/visitors.html

Interested UC participants should register online via the Faculty Development One Stop. For further questions on the workshop, please email Mr. Steven Clark at clark3sv@ucmail.uc.edu


May 21, 2018 (Main Campus)

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

Location: University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, Langsam Library, Room 475.
Maps and driving directions are available at: http://www.uc.edu/visitors.html

If interested in participating in the workshop, UC participants should contact Mr. Steven Clark (clark3sv@ucmail.uc.edu) for further information.

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!

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



Need a QM Account?

  • Log in MYQM at http://www.qmprogram.org/myqm
  • 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

UC Blue Ash: Pam Rankey

UC Clermont: Karen Lankish

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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.