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Higher Ed Program > Professional Development

Quality Matters (QM) provides on-site, online, and web conferencing professional development opportunities to a broad audience including instructional designers, faculty, administrators, adjunct instructors and more! No matter your role, you will discover that QM has the tools needed to ensure your online courses are quality courses.

If you want to learn more about Quality Matters, are new to the online learning environment, or want to improve your online courses, review our Workshop & Course Descriptions to learn about professional development opportunities based on the QM Rubric. Interested in becoming a QM Peer Reviewer? Our infographic explains the pathway to become one.  Our Professional Development Decision Tree can help you decide where to go, and our Face-to-Face vs. Online Comparison will help you decide which format is right for you.

Cover of QM Higher Ed Professional Development fee scheduleIf you are familiar with our professional development opportunities:

What’s New?

COAT is now part of QM. Learn more.  

IYOC Workshop License QM is now offering current Full and System subscribers the option of purchasing a license to deliver Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshops (both F2F and online modalities). Learn more about this supplemental license! 

Current Certified Facilitators can become QM credentialed to deliver the workshops by completing the corresponding IYOC Facilitator Certification course for online or F2F delivery.
For less than the cost of a few QM-delivered IYOC offerings, your campus can create another pathway to continuous improvement. The IYOC workshop is a crucial step in committing to incremental change that enables progressive growth.

QM Success Stories There is no substitute for experience! Your colleagues who have experience meeting QM's rigorous course design standards and implementing QM on their campuses will share their insights and experience each month in one hour  "QM Success Stories" webinars.

Course Review Manager Certification The Course Review Manager Certification is designed for QM Coordinators who intend to conduct Subscriber-Managed Reviews at their institutions.

QM Higher Education Rubric Fifth Edition, 2014!

The new QM HE Rubric Fifth Edition, 2014 has been released. The Rubric Update Role Reinstatement (RURR) is now available and explains the differences between the 2011-13 Rubric and the Fifth Edition, 2014 Rubric.

Do I Have to Take the RURR?

The Rubric Update Role Reinstatement (RURR) is available to subscribers. If you held 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 RURR to reinstate your role. If you have not completed the free Rubric Update, your role(s) has expired in MyQM. You will be alerted at log in to MyQM that your role has expired and you will be directed to complete the role application for the role formerly held. If you have not completed the RURR (or QM-determined equivalency such as a recent Peer Reviewer Course), then your application will not be approved.

  1. Log in to MyQM (http://www.qualitymatters.org/myqm)
  2. Select the "Higher Education" tab
  3. Select the “Workshop – Register” menu
  4. Select the Register for Rubric Update Role Reinstatement link

The Rubric Update Role Reinstatement is $50  to subscribers.

Helpful Information

Review the cancellation policy for Online Workshops and Courses.

Review the cancellation policy for Web Conferencing Workshops.

Be sure to check the prerequisites for each course. Most are two weeks in length, so be mindful of this when scheduling additional courses. Be sure the courses don't overlap. No refunds are allowed after the course begins.

Read the Workshop Syllabus or Course Syllabus at the start of the course, which includes a schedule of when work should be submitted, when quizzes are due, and other important deadlines to stay on track. Each course has a start and end date.  There are no synchronous sessions required except for the facilitator certification courses (OFC and FFC).

You may log on anytime day or night. Active participation is expected throughout the course. Our workshops and courses are not designed to be completed in one day or even two days. Those who successfully complete their courses typically dedicate 10 to 11 hours of time for each week. Participants should expect 16 to 20 hours of coursework for a two week workshop or course, for example.

You can search YouTube for "Quality Matters" and Lone Star, Montgomery College, or Chemeketa - each of these institutions created excellent videos from the faculty perspective that QM uses in its sessions.


Quality Matters (QM) supports the provisions of Standard 8, Accessibility and Usability, in the QM Rubric. QM strongly supports reasonable accommodation for all participants.

Participants who require additional accommodations should contact their institution's disability services or access office or QM as soon as possible after they register for a QM course.

All QM workshops and courses are offered in Moodle. Moodle 2.4 complies with all major international standards in the area of accessibility, including XHTML Strict 1.0. For more information on Moodle and its development, please visit the Moodle Overview webpage.

QM's workshops and courses include the following:

  • ALT tags that contain appropriate information about the graphic and/or activity.
  • Appropriate color combinations that minimize color blindness effects.
  • Appropriate font and font-size combinations to improve readability.
  • Links to descriptions of accommodation features for the learning management platform (Moodle) and any additional third party tools, e.g., SoftChalk.
  • Minimal use of bullets and/or charts that may be confusing to participants who use electronic readers.
  • Transcripts and/or closed captioning for video and audio clips.

The above features demonstrate QM's understanding of the importance of providing a learning environment that supports qualified participants. Participants who require additional accommodations should contact their institution's disability services or access office or Quality Matters as soon as possible after they register for a QM workshop or course.