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.
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.
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.
Please 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.
Online 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.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Patricia Gaukel, of USF St Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business, has received Quality Matters certification for her online course, Cost Accounting and Control II (ACG 4351). The peer review was conducted throughout the month of June and her course was awarded certification on June 30, 2017.
The Quality Matters peer review process is rigorous and focuses on the quality of course design and alignment of materials. The reviewers apply 43 standards from a research-based rubric of best practices in online and blended learning.
Professor Gaukel’s course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses from universities across the nation. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition and information regarding the course quality certification will now be displayed on the home page of her course.
Please join us in congratulating Professor Gaukel on this significant achievement!
Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.
In this week’s OLITS Monday Minute you were introduced to new research conducted by USFSP’s own Dr. Bahaa Gameel on learner satisfaction within Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). In an interview with OLITS, Dr. Gameel shares more information about his research and its implications for online learning.
Read his full article in the American Journal of Distance Education using the link below.
Bahaa G. Gameel (2017): Learner Satisfaction with Massive Open Online Courses, American Journal of Distance Education
For any questions about his research, contact Dr. Gameel using his USFSP Email Address.
The OLITS department is thrilled to announce that Ms. Karla Morris received Quality Matters Certification for her online course, EEX 4764, Assistive and Instructional Technology on Thursday, May 11, 2017.
EEX 4764, Assistive and Instructional Technology is now on the list of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the nation. Ms. Morris has been teaching EEX 4764 since fall of 2012, online and face-to-face. When asked about her experience with the QM review, Ms. Morris stated:
I am so glad to have finally put this course through the QM peer review process. This course was designed with the rubric in mind and is continuously improved based upon advancements in the field and student input, but it helps to ensure that I am putting forth a high-quality learning experience for our students. I am incredibly grateful for the professional feedback from the other Instructional Designers at OLITS through the internal review process and the QM Reviewers through the external process.
The QM seal of recognition will now be proudly displayed in Ms. Morris’s online course. Additionally, this course will be listed on QM’s site, bringing positive exposure to USFSP’s College of Education and to the campus.
QM’s review process is designed and implemented by faculty who teach online courses throughout the U.S. to ensures quality and alignment with accreditation standards and best practices in online learning. USFSP first joined QM in 2010 as a way to assist faculty with the development of high-quality online courses.
Please contact the Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services department for more information about QM and to learn how this program can assist you with your online course development and refinement.