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Internet Learning

Internet Learning

Abstract

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its scalable, peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. Regular, robust review and refreshment of the QM Rubric and processes keep them current, practical, and applicable across academic disciplines and academic levels. The review ensures validity in the set of quality standards that make up the Rubric. An overview of the regular review of the QM Rubric and process, as well as examples of the use of data to continuously improve the Rubric and process are presented. The guiding principles of QM – a process that is continuously improved upon and that is collegial and collaborative – are discussed in relationship to Boyer’s scholarship of application and scholarship of integration. Glassick (2000) noted that Boyer’s scholarship of overlapping discovery, integration, application, and teaching is “a hard but worthwhile task” (p. 880). This article outlines how the dynamic and rigorous processes adopted by QM continue to take on that worthwhile task.

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