Raising questions. Pursuing answers. Curating and categorizing. That’s how we support the QM system.

A founding principle that continues to drive Quality Matters is the need for QM Standards to reflect current academic research on effective learning. The initial standards and subsequent modifications have been based on the insights of teams of experienced online instructors and instructional designers and on the best practices standards promulgated by accrediting bodies and national and international organizations. In addition, the QM Standards have been examined for consistency with the conclusions of the educational research literature regarding factors that increase learning and engagement and that improve learner retention rates.

QM Research is focused on curating and supporting research studies related to the impact and use of the Quality Matters model. Literature reviews to inform members of the Rubric Committees in their effort to assure that the Rubrics remains current with the research are also an important component of QM Research activities. If you are looking for guidance on conducting QM-focused research or finding studies to support the use of QM, we recommend starting with the resources listed in this section.

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qm research library

Search our curated selection of literature bearing a relationship to the QM Standards by either keyword or the QM Standard number. References on teaching competencies can be found in the Online Instructor and Teaching Competencies Literature Review.

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research toolkit

Get guidance on developing a research question that will make for a solid study and facilitate attaining information significant to online learning stakeholders.

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qm-related research resources

See a curated list of studies and publications related to the primary categories of QM Research.

Need help with your search? Contact QM Research with your questions.

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See a list of all archived recordings

Have an idea for a Research Webinar? Contact the Research team.

Research Webinars

Join the QM Research Colleagues and other researchers from the QM Community for presentations of research on the impact of quality assurance in online learning and other related topics. The webinars are free and open to QM Members as well as non-members.

Specifics for upcoming webinars are still in development. Here are topics and general timelines to plan for:

 

April 14, 2020 
CHLOE 4 — Navigating the Mainstream: Overview of the Fourth QM-Eduventures Changing Landscape of Online Education Survey

Presented by Richard Garrett, Eduventures Chief Research Officer, ACT | NRCCUA and Ron Legon, Senior Advisor for Knowledge Initiatives, Executive Director Emeritus, Quality Matters

Key findings from the fourth installment of the CHLOE survey will be presented. The CHLOE project — a joint undertaking by Quality Matters and Eduventures — has been taking the pulse of higher education leaders on a national scale since its inception in 2016. The latest report reveals the impact of the mainstreaming of online learning on dedicated support services and online course and program development arrangements. Other issues covered in the report include enrollment trends in an increasingly crowded market, the approach to online education by research universities and state flagships, and top priorities for Chief Online Officers over the next five years.

Webinar begins at 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT

June 9, 2020
Digital Accessibility: Benchmarking QM Institutional Policies and Practices in 2020

Presented by Barbara Frey, D.Ed., Assistant Professor, School of Education, Point Park University; and Rae Mancilla, Ed.D., Senior Instructional Designer, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Office of Online Learning, University of Pittsburg

Awareness of digital accessibility in higher education has increased in the past decade and become a priority for institutions offering online courses. In November of 2019, over 200 QM coordinators completed a benchmarking survey that reported on the policies, practices, tools, and professional development needs of their institutions regarding digital accessibility. This webinar presents the preliminary findings of this study, touching on roles and responsibility for ensuring compliance, captioning practices, budgeting, and future training opportunities.

Webinar begins at 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT

November, 2020

Join us for the second QM Online Conference for Research. The topic will be research on teaching & learning.

 


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