Curated Resources

The term "QM Research" relates to several different types of research. There is research that supports the QM Rubric and process, research that discusses its use, and research that focuses on its impact.

Compilations of QM-Related Research

Studies on QM Impact

  1. Online Graduate Course Evaluation from Both Students' and Peer Instructors Perspectives Utilizing Quality Matters
    Kwon, K., DiSilvestro, F. R., & Treff, M. E. (2016). Access article
  2. The Impact of Findability on Student Motivations, Self-Efficacy, and Perceptions of Online Course Quality 
    Simunich, B., Robins, D. B., & Kelly, V. (2015). Access article 
  3. The Impact of Findability on Learner Motivations, Self-Efficacy, and Perceptions of Online Course Quality
    Simunich, B., Robins, D. B., & Kelly, V. (2012, October). [2012 QM Research Grant].
  4. The Relationship Between Course Design and Learning Processes
    Swan, K., Matthews, D., & Bogle, L. R. (2010, June). The relationship between course design and learning processes.  [2009 QM Research Grant]. Presentation at the 2nd Annual Quality Matters Conference, Oak Brook, IL. 
  5. Improving Learner Satisfaction and Retention with Online Instruction through Systematic Faculty Peer Review of Courses 
    Aman, P. R. (2009). (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). See study 
  6. The Power of a Collaborative, Collegial Approach to Improving Online Teaching and Learning 
    Bogle, L., Day, S., Matthews, D., & Swan, K. (2014). In Assuring Quality in Online Education: Practices and Processes at the Teaching, Resource, and Program Levels. Access chapter 
  7. The Development of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) in Instructors Using Quality Matters Training, Rubric, and Peer Collaboration
    Ward, C. (2011, November). [2010 QM Research Grant]. Presentation at the 3rd Annual Quality Matters Conference, Baltimore, MD. 
  8. Surveying Learner Perspectives of Quality: Value of QM Rubric Items
    Ralston-Berg, P. (2014). See study 
  9. Online Course Quality: The Learner Perspective
    Ralston-Berg, P. (2011). Unpublished survey results, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
  10. Quality in Design: Impact on Learner Achievement
    Runyon, J. M. (2006). [2005 QM Research Grant]. Unpublished final report, College of Southern Maryland, LaPlata, MD. 
  11. Usability in Online Course Design: Comparative Perspectives on Ease-of-Use, Satisfaction, Motivation, and Teacher Presence
    Myers, J. H. (2015). Unpublished dissertation, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. Access dissertation
  12. Effect of Student Readiness on Student Success in Online Courses 
    Geiger, L. A., Morris, D., Subocz, S. L., Shattuck, K., & Viterito, A. (2014). See study 
  13. Quality Matters Rubric as 'Teaching Presence': Application of CoI Framework to Analysis of the QM Rubric's Effects on Learner Learning
    Hall, A. (2010, June). [2009 QM Research Grant]. See presentation
  14. How a Historically Black College (HBCU) Established a Sustainable Online Learning Program in Partnership with Quality Matters Harkness, S. S. J. (2015) See study 
  15. Program Administration and Implementation of an Online Learning Initiative at a Historically Black College University: A Case Study
    Harkness, S. S. J. (2014a, March 10). [Webinar]. See presentation 
  16. Program Administration and Implementation of an Online Learning Initiative at a Historically Black College University
    Harkness, S. S. J. (2014b). In M. Orleans (Ed.), Cases on Critical and Qualitative Perspectives in Online Higher Education. Access chapter 
  17. The Impact of Learning Activities on Online Course Completion
    Loser, R., & Trabandt, J. (2006). [2005 QM Research Grant]. Unpublished final report, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA. 
  18. QM Research Results: Redesigning a Course from Team Feedback
    McMahon, J., Tipperman, M., & Paugh, M.  (2006, March). Presentation at MDLA Conference, Linthicum Heights, MD. 
  19. Impact of Quality Matters Recognition on Course Attrition Rates: Final Report
    Diomede, S. (2011).
  20. The Impact of Learning Activities on Online Course Completion
    Loser, R., & Trabandt, J. (2006). [2005 QM Research Grant]. Unpublished final report, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA.
  21. The Effect of Quality Matters Certification on Learner Satisfaction, Grades, and Retention at FIU/Online
    Miner, A. G. (2014). Unpublished dissertation, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD. Access dissertation
  22. The Effect of Quality Matters on Faculty's Online Self-Efficacy
    Wright, J. (2010, June). Presentation at the DLA Conference 2010. See article
  23. Measuring Online Course Design: A Comparative Analysis
    You, J., Hochberg, S., Ballard, P., Xiao, M., & Walter, A. (2014). See study
  24. How Learner Learning in an Online Undergraduate Course Is Impacted by the Application of QM Rubric Standards: A Grounded Theory Study
    Mott, M. (2006). [2005 QM Research Grant]. Unpublished final report, State University of New York, Canton, NY. 
  25. Learner and Faculty Perceptions Before and After a Course Meets QM Standards
    Parscal, T., Frey, B. A., & Lucas, G. (2011, November). [2010 QM Research Grant]. Presentation at the 3rd Annual Quality Matters Conference, Baltimore, MD. 

Publications and Presentations on Quality Matters Programs and Services

  1. Quality Matters: An Educational Input in an Outgoing Design-Based Research Project
    Adair, D., Shattuck, K. (2015). Access article 
  2. Beliefs Regarding Faculty Participation in Peer Reviews of Online Courses
    Altman, B. W., Schwegler, A. F., & Bunkowski, L. M. (2014). See study 
  3. Beyond the 'Applying the Quality Matters Rubric' Workshop
    Dowden, L. (2014, March 10). [Webinar]. In EDUCAUSE/Quality Matters Online and Blended Learning: Institutional Case Studies on Implementing a Quality Assurance Program and Designing Research on Effective Practice Webinar Series. 
  4. Effect of a QM Reviewed Course on Learner Evaluation
    Finley, D. L. (2005). [2004 QM Research Grant]. Unpublished final report, Largo, MD:  Author. 
  5. Accessibility Benchmarking Survey
    Frey, B. A., & King, D. R. (2011, November). Accessibility benchmarking survey.  Presentation at the 3rd Annual Quality Matters Conference, Baltimore, MD. 
  6. Quality Matters Accessiblity Survey: Institution Practices and Policies for Online Courses
    Frey, B. A., & King, D. K. (2010). [2012 QM Research Grant]. Unpublished final report, Pittsburgh, PA.
  7. An Accessibility Policy for Online Programs
    Frey, B. A., Kearns, L. R., & King, D. R. (2012, October). 2012 QM Research Grant presentation at the 4th Annual Quality Matters Conference, Tucson, AZ. See presentation 
  8. From the Ground Up: Conceptions of Quality in Course Design for Web-Support Education
    Greenberg, G. (2011). Unpublished doctoral dissertation, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. See dissertation 
  9. Apply QM Rubric to Blended Courses
    Iyengar, S. (2006, March). [2005 QM Research Grant]. Presentation at MDLA Conference, Linthicum Heights, MD. 
  10. Measuring the Impact on Learner Engagement in the Redesigned Blended Course Using Quality Matters Standards
    Knapp, B., & Paull, J. (2013, September). 2013 QM Research Grant presentation at the 5th Annual Quality Matters Conference, Nashville, TN. See presentation 
  11. The Impact of QM Standards on Learning Experiences in Online Courses
    Knowles, E. E., & Kalata, K. (2010, June). Presentation at the 2nd Annual Quality Matters Conference, Oak Brook, IL. 
  12. Research Brief: The Use of Standards for Peer Review of Online Nursing Courses: A Pilot Study
    Little, B. R. (2009). See article 
  13. Measuring the Impact of the Quality Matters Rubric: A Discussion of Possibilities
    Legon, R. (2015). Access article 
  14. Comparison of the Quality Matters Rubric to Accreditation Standards for Distance Learning
    Legon, R. (2006, September).  
  15. Excuse Me Sir, Here's Your Change: Cognitive and Affective Effects of the Apply the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop
    Mercer, R. E. (2013). Presentation at the 5th Annual Quality Matters Conference, Nashville, TN. See presentation
  16. Teaching Faculty to Design Online Courses - Centering QM in a Historically Decentralized Process
    Mercer, R. E., & Ritter, N. L. (2014). Presentation at the 3rd Annual Quality Matters Conference, Baltimore, MD. 
  17. QM Implementation
    Parscal, T. (2014, March 10). [Webinar]. See presentation  
  18. Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Meet Quality Matters (QM) Requirements
    Pollacia, L., & McCallister, T. (2009). See article
  19. Developing an Online Program in Computer Information Systems Using Quality Matters Standards
    Pollacia, L., Russell, J., & Russell, B. (2009). See article  
  20. What Makes a Quality Online Course? The Learner Perspective
    Ralston-Berg, P. (2011, November). Presentation at the 3rd Annual Quality Matters Conference, Baltimore, MD. 
  21. Analysis of Peer Review Comments: QM Recommendations and Feedback Intervention Theory
    Schwegler, A. F., & Altman, B. W.  (2015). Access article
  22. Quality Matters: A Case of Collaboration and Continuous Improvement for Online Courses
    Shattuck, K. (2011). In S. Huffman, S. Albritton, B. Wilmes, and W. Rickman (Eds.), Cases on Building Quality Distance Delivery Programs: Strategies and Experiences (pp. 146-157), Hershey, PA.: Information Science Reference. 
  23. Integrating Quality Matters into Hybrid Course Design: A Principles of Marketing Case Study
    Young, M. R. (2014). See study
  24. IBSTPI, Quality Matters, and Online Learning: What’s Right and What Needs Changing? 
    Bose, E. V. (2012). See study 
  25. Instructional Design and Online Learning: A Quality Assurance Study
    Monroe, R. (2011). Access study

Publications on the Quality Matters Grant Initiative

  1. Quality Matters: Ensuring the Quality of Online Courses
    Sax, C., and Schumaker, R. (2006). DE Oracle @ UMUC.  
  2. Quality Matters: Inter-Institutional Quality Assurance in Online Learning
    Sener, J. (2004). See article 
  3. Quality Matters Update
    Sener, J. (2005). 
  4. Quality Matters: Inter-Institutional Quality Improvement for Online Courses
    Sener, J. (2006). See article 
  5. Quality Matters: Collaborative Program Planning at a State Level
    Shattuck, K. (2007). See article