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What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters LogoThe Quality Matters™ (QM) Program originated in 2003 as a 3 year FIPSE grant, administrated by MarylandOnline, Inc. The goal was an inter-institutional quality assurance process to certify the quality of online courses and online course components. The rubric and process used were based on national standards. The aim was to make QM a faculty-driven, collegial process which emphasized continuous improvement. Quality Matters became a self-supporting organization in 2006. TWU became a subscribing member and began a pilot project with QM in 2007.

For more information on Quality Matters, visit their website: http://www.qmprogram.org

TWU Peer Review Program

The Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology sponsors a voluntary collegial peer review process based on the Quality Matters standards and procedures. Through TWU's QM Institutional Representative and Certified Trainer, TWU locally manages an official Peer Review Program with the goal of increasing the number of nationally recognized QM certified courses at the institution.

Applications are continuously accepted for course reviews. Official reviews are conducted by trained and qualified peer reviewers. Application for review is not a guarantee of review. A limited number of reviews will be conducted each academic year. Reviews will be distributed among programs and departments. Eligible faculty are required to have successfully completed the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop. Additional weight will be given to faculty who have completed Peer Reviewer Certification and further faculty development through the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Interested faculty will need to submit a Course Review Application [pdf] and a signed Memo of Understanding [pdf].

Recognized Courses

2014

  • GOV 2023: Texas Government, Dr. Jennifer Danley-Scott 

2013

  • BUS 4333: Business Policy, Dr. Derek Crews
  • LS 5233: Multimedia Resources & Services, Dr. Jennifer Richey
  • NURS 6023: Philosophy of Nursing Science, Dr. Marge Benham-Hutchins
  • NURS 6024: Theory & Methods of Qualitative Nursing Research, Dr. Donna Scott-Tilley
  • NURS 6173: Instruments in Nursing Research, Dr. Donna Sauls

2012

  • KINS 5483: Sport Sales, Sponsorship and Fundraising, Dr. Kimberly Miloch
  • NURS 6002: Multicultural Nursing, Dr. Elizabeth Restrepo
  • NURS 6043: Policy, Power & Politics, Dr. Donna Sauls
  • NURS 6323: Informatics and Research in Nursing and Health Care, Dr. Marge Benham-Hutchins

2011

  • NURS 6004: Theory & Foundations of Nursing Research, Dr. Donna Scott-Tilley
  • NURS 6033: Ethical Dimensions of Nursing, Dr. Donna Sauls

2010

  • HIST 1023: History of the United States, 1865 to the Present, Ms. Kam De Leon

2009

  • EDUC 5143: Effective Design & Management of the Classroom, Dr. Karen Dunlap
  • FS 5693: Research Methods in Family Science, Dr. Katie Rose
  • LS 5903: Special Topics - Adult User Education, Ms. Heidi Ashbaugh

2008

  • DH 4113: Comprehensive Care of Medically Compromised, Dr. Leslie Koberna
  • DNCE 4383: Performing Arts in American Popular Culture, Dr. Linda Caldwell
  • FS 5533: Parenting Education, Dr. Katie Rose
  • LS 5103: Cataloging & Classification, Dr. Gretchen Hoffman
  • NURS 3612: Introduction to Nursing Research, Dr. Sharon Van Sell

2007

  • MU 2713: Understanding the Arts - Music, Dr. Nancy Hadsell

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop

The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop introduces participants to the Quality Matters (QM) process and rubric. The facilitator will present information about the rubric and peer review process and guide participants through a series of activities designed to promote understanding of the quality standards and to give hands-on experience in applying these standards to the review of an online/blended course. Upon successful completion of the workshop, faculty will be eligible to participate in Peer Reviewer Certification training, online from Quality Matters. The TWU workshop is currently fully online.

Implementation Plans

Programs which have made a commitment to implement the Quality Matters Rubric across the online/hybrid curriculum over an extended period of time, are eligible to apply for Quality Matters Recognition of an implementation plan.

In order to qualify, the program must submit for approval by the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council, a multi-year written plan for QM implementation. There is no cost to the subscriber for submitting a plan.

The plan:

  • Should be a reflection of the specific goals and objectives of the program.
  • Must be approved by a senior academic officer of the institution: Dean, Provost or President.
  • Should include formal QM course reviews. (cost associated)
  • May include informal reviews, faculty self-assessments, faculty development workshops, other QM training, and other components that are unique to the program.
  • Must establish benchmarks over a three-year period.
  • Must include the specific language the program will use to publicize Quality Matters Recognition.
  • Requires a brief written report to the QMAAC each year.

The new program-level designation will include permission to display an approved QM seal and an accompanying statement on Internet and print materials.

Current TWU Quality Matters Implementation Plans:

  • 100% online Doctoral Program in Nursing Science (PhD) - Denton
  • MS in Kinesiology, Sport Management Specialization
  • BA/BAS Online Undergraduate Completion Program in Health Studies

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