Peer Reviewer Course

Peer Reviewer Course

Peer Reviewer Course iconThe Peer Reviewer Course is designed to prepare experienced online faculty to become Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewers.  The Peer Reviewer Course includes a review of Quality Matters, practice critiquing and writing helpful recommendations, and a Practice Review in which the participants are asked to review Specific Standards in an online course using QM's Course Review Management System (CRMS). 

QM expects all Peer Reviewers to give significant attention to their reviews, so the Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) is modeled after those expectations.  Since the PRC leads to certification as a Peer Reviewer, it is a rigorous course and demands significant time and attention. Participants can expect to spend 8-10 hours per week to complete this course.

Upon successful completion of this course, eligible participants must complete and submit an Application as well as a Memo of Understanding in order to become a QM Certified Peer Reviewer.  QM Certified Peer Reviewers are eligible to serve on both QM-Managed and Subscriber-Managed course reviews.

The course may also be taken by others interested in learning more about the Peer Reviewer role. Instructional designers or faculty who do not have current online teaching experience may take the PRC to meet institutional goals of conducting Internal Reviews (that do not lead to QM recognition).

Eligibility requirements to become a QM Certified Peer Reviewer*:

  1. Successful completion of the Applying the QM Rubric Workshop and the Peer Reviewer Course.
  2. Current for-credit online teaching experience (within the last 18 months).
  3. Complete an Application and a Memo of Understanding.  Submit to QM.
  4. Be a current Higher Education Subscriber (Affiliated with an institutional subscriber or Individual Subscription)

*Instructors who teach "web-enhanced" courses only are not eligible nor are Teaching Assistants (TAs).

Specific Course Information

The PRC is only available online. It is a two week course and is facilitated. $200 per person for subscribers/$350 per person for non-subscribers.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop (either online or face to face)

Note:  Please allow one week between the completion date of Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop and the starting date of the Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) to ensure your record reflects successful completion of the APPQMR. Registration in the PRC is not enabled until completion is marked for the APPQMR workshop. Participants can expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours per week to complete this course.

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