QM is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online course design and online components. The QM Rubric is used in course reviews that result in continuous improvement and faculty development.
Quality assurance in K-12 online education matters to faculty, to students, to institutions, and parents committed to excellence in teaching and learning. The K-12 Program is based on research-supported and published best practices.
Developed in collaboration with the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), The CPE Rubric guides the design and review of online and blended courses in non-credit continuing and professional education courses. Corporate training and lifelong learning courses benefit from the QM CPE Rubric Standards.
In Fall of 2003, MarylandOnline, Inc. began a three-year grant to develop a replicable pathway for inter-institutional quality assurance and course improvements in online learning. It created and implemented a process to certify the quality of online courses and online components. As a result, the QM project has impacted the quality of teaching and learning at a state and national level. Upon expiration of the grant in 2006, Quality Matters continued as a self-supporting organization, through subscriptions and other fee-for-service offerings, and now offers rubrics and related quality assurance tools for a variety of education and training-related sectors.