Higher Education Program

Higher Education Program

About the Program

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Colleges and universities across and beyond the U.S. use the tools in developing, maintaining and reviewing their online courses and in training their faculty. Learn More.

The Quality Matters Rubric has become the most widely used set of standards for the design of online and blended courses at the college level. Today, more than 850 colleges and universities subscribe to Quality Matters.

The QM Process for continuous improvement is the framework for quality assurance efforts in online learning and provides effective professional development for faculty making the transition into distance education.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Fifth Edition, 2014 Rubric 

What is the Rubric Update Role Reinstatement (RURR)? 

The Rubric Update Role Reinstatement explains the differences between the 2011-13 Rubric and the Fifth Edition, 2014 Rubric.

How do I complete the Rubric Update Role Reinstatement?

Registration is required. The Rubric Update Role Reinstatement is $50. You can register for the Rubric Update Role Reinstatement using your MyQM login. 

  1. Log in to MyQM 
  2. Select the Higher Education tab
  3. Select the "Workshop - Register" menu 
  4. Select "Register for Rubric Update Role Reinstatement"

Do I have to take the Rubric Update Role Reinstatement? 

If you hold a role with Quality Matters, including Peer Reviewer, Master Reviewer, or Certified Facilitator, and have not completed the free Rubric Update, you will have to complete the Rubric Update Role Reinstatement to reinstate your role.

Will the courses we've had certified on the 2011-2013 Rubric still be eligible to carry the certification mark or do they need to be re-certifiied on the new Rubric?

Courses certified with the 2011-13 edition of the Rubric will retain their certification marks until the certification's expiration five years after its issue date. 

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