Quality Matters (QM) Resources
The UAF eLearning Design team has developed this website in order to support inventive, engaging, and high quality teaching and learning. Toward the same end, the design team supports Quality Matters (QM) reviews and certification of hybrid and online course at UAF. We’ve created the table below to demonstrate the connection between these two projects and to help you use the pedagogy resources offered on this site to implement QM standards in your course.
Learn more about the QM review process here.
General Standard 1: Course Overview and Introduction
The overall design of the course is made clear to the learner at the beginning of the course.
Overview Statement: The course overview and introduction set the tone for the course, let learners know what to expect, and provide guidance to ensure learners get off to a good start.
General Standard 2: Learning Objectives (Competencies)
Learning objectives or competencies describe what learners will be able to do upon completion of the course.
Overview Statement: The learning objectives or competencies establish a foundation upon which the rest of the course is based.
General Standard 3: Assessment and Measurement
Assessments are integral to the learning process and are designed to evaluate learner progress in achieving stated learning objectives or mastering the competencies.
Overview Statement: Assessment is Implemented in a manner that corresponds to the course learning objectives or competencies and not only allows the instructor a broad perspective on the learners’ mastery of content but also allows learners to track their learning progress throughout the course.
General Standard 4: Instructional Materials
Instructional materials enable learners to achieve stated learning objectives or competencies.
Overview Statement: The focus of this Standard is on supporting the course objectives and competencies, rather than on qualitative judgments about the instructional materials.
General Standard 5: Course Activities and Learner Interaction
Course activities facilitate and support learner interaction and engagement. Course components that promote active learning contribute to the learning process and to learner persistence.
Overview Statement: Course components that promote active learning contribute to the learning process and to learner persistence.
General Standard 6: Course Technology
Course technologies support learners’ achievement of course objectives or competencies.The technology enabling the various course components facilitates rather than impedes the learning process.
Overview Statement: The technology enabling the various course components facilitates rather than impedes the learning process.
General Standard 7: Learner Support
The course facilitates learner access to institutional support services essential to learner success.
Overview Statement: It is important to ensure online learners know they have access to and are encouraged to use the services that support learners at the institution. In the learner support standard, four different kinds of support services are addressed: technical support, accessibility support, academic services support, and student services support.
General Standard 8: Accessibility and Usability
The course design reflects a commitment to accessibility and usability for all learners.
Overview Statement: The course design reflects a commitment to accessibility, so that all learners can access all course content and activities, and to usability, so that all learners can easily navigate and interact with course components.