Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses.
The underlying Principles of QM are:

  1. Continuous; the rubric-based review is integral to a continuous quality improvement process.
  2. Centered; the development of the rubric is based on national standards of best practice, research literature and instructional design principles.
  3. Collegial; the QM review is intended to be diagnostic and collegial, and is part of a faculty-driven, peer review process.
  4. Collaborative; the review is based on collaboratively identified evidence found in the course, rather than the personal preference of an individual reviewer. It is flexible and not prescriptive.

Have A Course Reviewed

The Office of Online Learning will provide peer reviewers to review your existing online courses with the Quality Matters standards. Quality Matters does not aim to take control away from your course style to a standardized format; rather it seeks to provide elements in every course that enhance opportunities for student success.

Semester Schedule Due
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Review Happens
No Later Than:
WinterSession September Summer Prior Preceding July 1
Summer Prior February Fall Prior Preceding November 1
Spring Prior September Summer Prior Preceding July 1
Fall Prior February Fall Prior Preceding November 1

  • Develop best practices and improve existing courses.
  • Increase the overall quality of online classes offered by Southeast Missouri State University.
  • Increase student engagement in online learning environments.


Before Moving On:
  • Read the Quality Matters FAQ.
  • Contact Mary Harriet Talbut or Kris Baranovic if you are interested in having a course reviewed.
  • Attend 5 workshops on the best practices of teaching online. 
  • Receive $250 for attending all 5 workshops once your course meets QM standards. (This can only be paid once.)
    • All faculty teaching online are required to attend one series of workshops.
    • Faculty only need to attend one set of workshops.
    • QM reviewers are exempt from the workshop series requirement.


Become a QM Peer Reviewer

Quality Matters (QM) provides training in applying the QM rubric to and online course and providing useful and constructive feedback.

Why become a reviewer?

  • Become Quality Matters certified.
  • Training is paid for by the Office of Online Learning.
  • You will be paid $150 for every course you review for Online Learning.
  • Contact Mary Harriet Talbut or Kris Baranovic if you are interested in becoming a Quality Matters reviewer.
    • Note: Reviewers must have taught an online course within the last 18 months.
  • As an online instructor, you will be exempt from the 5 session QM Cohort required for those teaching online courses from summer 2016 onward.

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