Quality Matters Research Library

The Quality Matters Research Library is a curated selection of literature bearing a relationship to the standards of the QM rubric.

If you are looking for literature to support your research on quality in online and/or blended courses, are interested in information and resources to implement within your own courses, or want to view the literature that supports the Quality Matters rubric standards, this would be a helpful database for you.

The library is organized by the eight general standards on the QM rubric, but you can also search by keyword, such as instructional strategies or specific course elements.

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For questions or assistance with navigating QM’s resources or other research relating to online and blended learning, contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services.

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Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Jenifer Hartman

Jenifer Hartman

Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services is incredibly thrilled to announce that Dr. Jenifer Hartman, of the USFSP College of Education, has received Quality Matters certification for her online course, Principles and Practices of Educational Supervision (EDS 6050). Her course was awarded certification on August 23, 2017.

Dr. Hartman developed this course as part of the online Masters Degree in Educational Leadership program. When asked about her experience with course development and the Quality Matters peer review process she shares:

The supervision course I was asked to design in an online format was one in which the goals were primarily focused on students developing effective interpersonal feedback and facilitation skills.  I was skeptical about how those goals could be accomplished in an online format.  OLITS professional development, collaboration, and support were key to developing an effective online supervision course, and going through the QM review process enabled us to refine it so students are successful and course evaluations are very positive.

Dr. Hartman’s course is the fifth to be certified from USFSP’s College of Education. Her course is now listed on the QM database of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the globe. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition will now be displayed on the front page of her online course to signify to her students the commitment to a high-quality learning experience.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hartman!

We look forward to working with other faculty through course design, professional development, and Quality Matters review. Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information.

QM Publishes 2017 Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) Report

 

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Quality Matters and Eduventures have teamed up to conduct a multi-year study to examine the changing landscape of online education. This report contains the findings of the inaugural CHLOE Survey on The Changing Landscape of Online Education. The report seeks to provide the results to those involved with online education and help place their institution within a broader context.

If interested, please complete this form to gain access to The 2017 CHLOE Report.

Quality Matters recognizes Dr. William Lang

Steve LangPlease join Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services in congratulating Dr. William Lang on receiving Quality Matters certification for his online course!

On August 11, 2017, Dr. Lang’s Foundations in Educational Research course, EDF 6481, received Quality Matters certification through the peer review process.

When asked about his experience, Dr. Lang shares:

“I really enjoyed the Quality Matters process, and I’m glad that USFSP supports excellence in on-line courses.  Designing and maintaining distance learning is becoming more complex every year, so applying the QM standards and peer review helped me refine and improve this course. I also appreciate the design team and library staff who are an invaluable part of our DL effort.  This particular course is a challenge regardless of the format, and I’m certain that students will benefit from the team effort.”

Dr. Lang’s course is the fourth to be certified from USFSP’s College of Education. His course is now listed on the QM database of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the nation. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition will now be displayed on the front page of his online course.

The QM Certification process consists of a peer review guided by a research based rubric for high quality online course design. To help with preparation, OLITS offers a variety of professional development and resources. Contact your OLITS Instructional Designer for more information.

Dr. Varol Kayhan Receives Course Quality Re-certification

Varol KayhanOnline Learning and Instructional Technology Services (OLITS) is very pleased to announce that, on August 4, 2017, Dr. Varol Kayhan received Quality Matters re-certification for his online course, Information Systems in Organizations (ISM 3011). His course received its’ initial QM certification on November 17, 2012.

The initial QM certification resulting from a peer review is valid for five years. The re-certification review, which follows the most recent rubric and set of standards, is valid for an additional three years.

As Dr. Kayhan was the first faculty member to go through the re-certification process at USF St. Petersburg, we were very interested to learn any advice he had for other faculty that will be entering re-certification over the next few years.  He states:

The re-certification process was a breeze. Our Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services took care of everything from setting up the course to arranging the review. I just had to submit the review form, which was pretty similar to the original certification form. The review was completed three weeks later. If your course still meets the original QM expectations, it will likely meet the re-certification expectations too!

We applaud Dr. Kayhan in his continued efforts to deliver high-quality online learning to his students. Please join us in congratulating him on this significant achievement!

We look forward to working with other faculty who will take their courses through the initial and/or re-certification review process in the near future. Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.