Press Release Templates for Sharing QM Achievements

As your institution uses these templates to build press and other communication releases, QM executive staff are available to provide a QM related quote about the topic you are announcing. The templates below include sample quotes. Please tailor to reflect the details of your achievement and sentiment of the person quoted. We can also provide you with a high resolution (vector file if needed) version of the QM logo and other graphics related to QM achievements. Simply email us with the details.

There are three templates available to help you outline your communication:

  1. Announcing your QM membership
  2. Announcing that a course or courses have been QM-Certified by meeting Standards in an official review
  3. Announcing that someone from your organization will present at a QM Conference
  4. Announcing that a program has earned QM Certification

Template 1: Your organization has become a QM Member

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[MEMBER NAME] STRENGTHENS COMMITMENT TO LEARNER SUCCESS THROUGH QUALITY MATTERS MEMBERSHIP

DATE — Learner success is a top priority for [MEMBER NAME]. To remove barriers to success for its online learners, [MEMBER NAME] has joined Quality Matters (QM) — the international leader for quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. 

Quality Matters membership provides [MEMBER NAME] with access to a comprehensive, research-supported quality assurance process to design and develop accessible, engaging online courses. Additional tools and resources allow [MEMBER NAME] to evaluate course and program design to ensure that the needs of today’s online learners are being met. QM’s professional development opportunities provide faculty and staff with a pathway to develop and strengthen key online design and delivery skills. 

“Joining the QM community — a community that puts learners first — aligns perfectly with the goals of [MEMBER NAME],” said [MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE]. “We want our online learners — every one of them — to achieve at the highest level and are committed to creating learning environments that provide a clear pathway to success.”

As a QM member, [MEMBER NAME] is now part of a community of more than 1,200 organizations that put learners first. We look forward to collaborating with and learning from others in the community as we move forward to positively impact the online learner experience here and across the globe.

Media Contact

[Enter name, phone and email here]

About [MEMBER NAME]
[Insert mission statement or other appropriate messaging here.]

About Quality Matters

QM-logo-shadowbox-100px.png

Quality Matters (QM) is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.


Template 2: Your course(s) meet QM Standards in an Official Review to become QM-Certified

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[MEMBER NAME]’S [NAME OF COURSE(S)] RECEIVES QUALITY MATTERS CERTIFICATION FOR COURSE DESIGN QUALITY 

DATE — [MEMBER NAME]’s [COURSE NAME(S)] earned the Quality Matters (QM) Certification Mark following a rigorous review process. The QM Certification Mark is the internationally recognized symbol of online and blended course design quality and represents [MEMBER NAME]’s ongoing commitment to creating learning environments that provide learners with a clear pathway to success.

The certification is the result of [MEMBER NAME]’s dedication to continuous improvement, including the innovative work of [instructional designers and/or faculty involved with the certified course(s)]. The course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses.

“The Quality Matters Official Review provided the opportunity to reflect on this course and examine it from the learner perspective,” said [MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE]. “From accessibility to learner engagement to assessments, the review used internationally-recognized Standards and best practices to examine critical course components related to the learner experience and ultimately learner success.”  

The QM Official Review provided independent validation of the quality, learner-focused course design found in [COURSE NAME(S)]. Reviews are conducted by QM-Certified Reviewers and use the Quality Matters Rubric and associated Standards, which are based on research and best practices. A course earns the QM Certification Mark once it meets QM Rubric Standards at the 85% threshold or better and meets all Essential Standards. 

Media Contact

[Enter name, phone and email here]

About Your Organization

[If applicable] [insert Organization Name] has also been recognized by Quality Matters for the following courses: [list courses]

[insert Institution Name] uses the Quality Matters Rubric as a guideline in all course development and revision. The QM Rubric and process fit perfectly into our mission of providing quality online courses to students.

[Enter text about your organization here.]

About Quality Matters

QM-logo-shadowbox-100px.png

Quality Matters (QM) is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.


Template 3: Member of organization selected to present at QM Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[FACULTY/STAFF NAME] FROM [MEMBER NAME] SELECTED TO PRESENT AT QUALITY MATTERS (QM) CONFERENCE 

DATE — [Name/Title of Presenter(s)] will represent [MEMBER NAME] at the annual [QM Connect Conference -- OR -- QM Regional Conference] — [DATE] in [LOCATION]. [Name of Presenter] will present [Name of Presentation], which [explores/highlights/examines] [topic/key points of presentation].

“I am honored to present at the Quality Matters Conference and to have the opportunity to help others who might be struggling with issues related to [Topic of Presentation],” said [Name of Presenter]. “I am also looking forward to networking and sharing with others who know that quality in online learning matters.”

Quality Matters conferences bring together thought leaders, administrators, teachers, instructional designers, and educators from across the globe to deliver on the promise of online learning. From pre-conference workshops to the keynote address to dozens of breakout sessions, QM Conferences connect the online and blended learning community with the tools and resources they need to create quality learning environments and clear pathways to learner success. 

“We are so grateful to [Name of Presenter] for submitting a conference proposal,” said Beth Knapp, QM Events & Conferences Manager. “It is individuals like [him/her/them] that make a difference — that make QM conferences engaging and relevant.”

For more information, please visit Quality Matters Events.

Media Contact

[Enter name, phone and email here]

About Your Organization

[Enter text about your organization here.]

About Quality Matters

QM-logo-shadowbox-100px.png

Quality Matters (QM) is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.


Template 4: Your program has earned a QM Program Certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[MEMBER NAME]’S [PROGRAM NAME] EARNS QUALITY MATTERS PROGRAM CERTIFICATION FOR [ONLINE PROGRAM DESIGN/ONLINE TEACHING SUPPORT/ONLINE LEARNER SUPPORT/ONLINE LEARNER SUCCESS] 

DATE — [MEMBER NAME]’s commitment to providing learners with an exceptional online learning experience was recognized by Quality Matters (QM) — the international leader for quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. 
QM Program Certification for [Online Program Design/Online Teaching Support/Online Learner Support/Online Learner Success] is achieved following a rigorous review process that examines components deemed critical to learner success in online learning [OR: examines learner outcomes to ensure program participants are achieving success at a high rate]. The criteria are based on best practices, supported by research, and the expertise of professionals with extensive online learning and Quality Matters experience. 

“Our goal is for every online learner to experience a clear pathway to success and be fully prepared to reach their education aspirations," said [MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE]. "The Quality Matters Program Certification highlights our commitment to learners and, just as importantly, to their success."

The certification complements [MEMBER NAME]’s strategic plans and goals, including accreditation efforts, through the collection and analysis of evidence related to online programs. It also reflects the organization's dedication to continuous improvement — especially the innovative work of [faculty and staff involved with the certified program]. The program is now listed on the QM Program Review Certification web page.

Media Contact

[Enter name, phone and email here]

About Your Organization

[Enter text about your organization here.]

About Quality Matters

QM-logo-shadowbox-100px.png

Quality Matters (QM) is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.


If you need assistance with these releases or would like to coordinate press activities, please contact QM's Media Relations Manager.