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1 The Quality Matters Rubric ® ©MarylandOnline, Inc. 2012. All rights reserved

2 Consisting of: 8 key areas (general standards) of course quality 41 specific review standards Including 21 essential standards and detailed annotations and examples of good practice for all 41 standards The Rubric is the Core of QM ©MarylandOnline, Inc. 2012. All rights reserved

3 Annotations are Key to Rubric Standards only briefly articulate benchmarks Annotations provide the guidance for course designers and reviewers Rubric intended for use by faculty for faculty Annotation language is free of jargon and provides examples of both good and poor practice Course reviews must be guided by the application of the full rubric; including, and especially, the annotations ©MarylandOnline, Inc. 2012. All rights reserved

4 Alignment in the QM Rubric Eight General Standards: 1. Course Overview and Introduction 2. Learning Objectives (Competencies) 3. Assessment and Measurement 4. Instructional Materials 5. Learner Interaction & Engagement 6. Course Technology 7. Learner Support 8. Accessibility Key components must align. Alignment: Critical course elements work together to ensure that students achieve the desired learning outcomes. ©MarylandOnline, Inc. 2012. All rights reserved

5 Flexible, not Prescriptive The QM Rubric is built to apply broadly across online and blended courses in all disciplines and levels There are many ways to meet the standards and the annotations contain multiple examples to highlight this concept Rubric versions have been adapted for special contexts and are available to subscribers: – G6-12 Rubric – Publisher Rubric (for 3-party created courses) ©MarylandOnline, Inc. 2012. All rights reserved

6 Standards Supported by Research Current literature review is conducted for every rubric edition released

7 Editions: Continuous Improvement 2002, 2004 & 2005 - 2006 (Pre- and Grant-period) 2006/2007 edition 2008-2010 edition 2011-2013 edition Lit. review and users surveys 12-person committee (faculty, IDs, QM staff); 65 hours of committee work 10 month process ©MarylandOnline, Inc. 2012. All rights reserved

8 2011-2013 Rubric Hallmarks Culturally inclusive and international Emphasizes focus on design v content – Update took 10 months, 12-person committee facult/IDs/QM staff), 65 hoursUpdate training provided free and self-paced Accessibility focus is more clear and less US-centric ©MarylandOnline, Inc. 2012. All rights reserved

9 Rubric Update Training Update training for all certified QM reviewers is online, self-paced, and free Training is mandatory to maintain reviewer certification to service on official course reviews Link to training is available on your MyQM page as long as the workshop is open. For more information about the 2011-2013 Rubric Update training, please see the Professional Development QM website ©MarylandOnline, Inc. 2012 All rights reserved

10 Reported uses consist of: Course development checklists for faculty Faculty development Faculty engagement with national standards supported by research Course reviews both internal and for certification Quality process indicators for accreditation self- studies Uses of the Rubric ©MarylandOnline, Inc. 2012. All rights reserved


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