The QM Rubric

The Quality Matters
Rubric ®
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The Rubric is the Core of QM
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
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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
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Alignment in the QM Rubric
Eight General Standards:
Course Overview and Introduction
Learning Objectives (Competencies)
Assessment and Measurement
Instructional Materials
Learner Interaction & Engagement
Course Technology
Learner Support
Key components must align.
Alignment: Critical course elements work together to ensure
that students achieve the desired learning outcomes.
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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)
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Standards Supported by Research
Current literature review is conducted for every
rubric edition released
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
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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
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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
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Uses of the Rubric
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
• Quality process indicators for accreditation selfstudies
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