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Course Review


The purpose of the Online & Blended Course Certification Program is to assist faculty in creating online & blended courses that incorporate the latest research-based, best practices for online education. This program will include three levels of certification: basic, advanced, and external review, which will be based on the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric. In order to achieve certification at any level, you must meet 85% of the standard and all 3 point standards.

QM is designed for continuous improvement; the goal is that ALL courses will eventually meet QM expectations.

The Quality Matters peer-review process is one that facilitates continuous improvement.

Level 1: Basic

The level one certification review team will include the faculty member requesting the review and at least one member of the FSU instructional design team. This review will use a modified Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric including only ten items (Quality Matters standards 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.3, 5.3, 6.3, and 8.3). Once it has been determined that a course has met the requirements of a level one certification, the course may use the level one certification badge in the course banner. It is highly recommended that a course be reviewed every five years or after any substantial change to continue to use the certification badge.

Level 2: Advanced


The level two certification team will include the faculty member requesting the review, at least one member of the FSU instructional design team, and 2 additional faculty members. This review will use the full Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric. Once it has been determined that a course has met the requirements of a level one certification, the course may use the level two certification badge in the course banner. It is highly recommended that a course be reviewed every five years or after any substantial change to continue to use the certification badge.

Level 3: External


The level three certification team will include the faculty member requesting the review and three team members that are external to the institution. This review will be managed by Quality Matters and use the full Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric.  There is a fee for an external review and will be the responsibility of the individual department to cover the cost.  Once it has been determined that a course has met the requirements of a Quality Matters external review, the course may use the badge issued by Quality Matters in the course banner. Quality Matters requires that a course be reviewed every five years or after a substantial change to continue to use the certification badge.

 

For additional information on the course review/certification program, contact IDD at idd@frostburg.edu