Quality Matters is an instructor-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of design for online and blended courses. Quality Matters is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. UW-Whitewater subscribes to the Quality Matters program which allows instructors access to the Quality Matters rubrics, research, and participation in the course certification process.
The course certification process involves submitting the online course to Quality Matters for review. Quality Matters selects an appropriate team of peer reviewers who have extensive experience teaching online and includes at least one appropriate subject expert. Peer reviewers use a rubric designed by Quality Matters to assess course design and provide feedback to the instructor. If the course does not meet Quality Matters criteria, the instructor has an opportunity to make the needed changes. When the course earns Quality Matters certification through a passing score, the instructor is given a badge to display in D2L.
The course review service is available for all colleges on the UW-Whitewater campus. The Learning Technology Center provides a central clearinghouse at UW-Whitewater for online course Quality Matters submissions and reviews. Elizabeth Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the contact person and serves as the Quality Matters Institutional Representative for UW-Whitewater.