To which course formats can QM Rubrics be applied?


100% of the content and instruction is mediated by technology.

All instruction occurs online within a course site, typically hosted in a learning management system (LMS).


HE: Few to no face-to-face meetings
K-12: Face-to-face meetings typically limited to orientation or capstone events.

Online courses can become QM-Certified with the respective QM Rubrics and QM course review process.


Approximately 25-75% of the course takes place in a face-to-face environment. Seat time is reduced proportionately to the percentage of the course delivered online.

The integration of both F2F and online activities occurs in a blended course.

Portions of the course are mediated by technology.

Learners can gain an understanding of the overall structure and requirements of the course online.

The QM Rubric is applied to the online portion of the course.

F2F components of the course are not directly reviewed.

Only content, instructional materials, activities, support materials, etc., included or referenced in the online course are considered in the QM review.

Face-to-Face (F2F)

100% of the course occurs in regularly scheduled sessions where learners meet in person at a campus location with their instructor on a regular basis. 

The course may include use of a learning management system and extensive internet-based reading/research assignments and online discussions.

Syllabus, readings, assignments, and grade book may be in the LMS, however, the course is conducted in regularly scheduled F2F meetings on campus.

While principles of the QM Rubric Standards can be applied to F2F courses, due to the nature of the course review, it is not possible to have F2F courses QM-Certified.