QM Research

QM Research

The Quality Matters Rubric is centered on relevant research and was initially developed based on a review of the literature, the expertise of experienced practitioners and existing standard sets. Each of the Specific Rubric Standards is supported by literature from the field. A literature review is conducted for each new Rubric edition that builds upon this core matrix.

Interested in conducting research on QM?

Here are some important first steps to take before embarking on a Quality Matters-focused research project:

  1. Read a detailed introduction to and history of QM
  2. Review existing research in the QM Research Library
  3. Learn about QM intellectual property in the QM Communications Toolkit
  4. Get help with the Research Toolkit
QM-Focused Resources

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Vol. 29, Issue 3. of The American Journal of Distance Education (AJDE) is a special issue on Quality Matters. This edition of the internationally recognized journal of research and scholarship in the field of distance education will be open access through November 2015.

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Research Inputs and Outputs of Quality Matters: the 2015 Update to What We're Learning from QM-focused Research. Read what we've learned from more than 10 years of QM.

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The special issue of the online journal Internet Learning from spring 2014 features articles based on presentations from the 2013 5th Annual QM Conference.

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QM has designed two national studies to capture the student voice on QM's impact on students. These are the first national, inter-institutional research projects conducted by QM.

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QM and the Educause Learning Initiative co-hosted a webinar on Measuring the Effectiveness of Online and Blended Programs in April 2015. View the recording.

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The K-12 Literature Review Summary presents the research literature findings that support the K-12 Rubric.

podcast iconListen to a 2011 podcast with Dr. Kay Shattuck, QM's Director of Research, discussing QM and the QM framework, as well as online course assessment.