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Quality Matters

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

What is Quality Matters?

The QM rubric is a research-based tool consisting of eight general standards and 43 specific criteria that describe best practices in online course design. The QM process is designed to be continuous, collegial, and collaborative. The rubric and associated annotations are based on best practices that promote student learning and instructional design principles that are part of good design. The rubric is supported by a thorough review of the literature and is updated every three years to reflect new techniques and technologies that have become available.

The course review process involves a review of a course by a team of three trained, certified peer reviewers who are all experienced online faculty. This faculty driven process is intended to be diagnostic with the overall goal of course improvement.

QM-Recognized Courses at Northland

The following online courses were developed and are currently taught by faculty from Northland Community and Technical College.

Each course listed below has demonstrated through a formal peer review process that it has met Quality Matters Standards for course design. A team of three trained and certified peer reviewers reviewed each course using the Quality Matters Process. The national standards these courses had to meet describe the key elements that should be included in the design of an online course in order to promote student learning, student retention, and overall student success. Northland’s Early Childhood & Paraprofessional program has all its program required courses quality approved.

QM-recognized courses are listed in QM’s national database of certified courses and each faculty member has been given a QM seal to display with their online course. Learn more about the Quality Matters course reviews at the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative website and at the Quality Matters website.

YearCourse #TitleCourse Developer/Faculty
2017BIOL2252Anatomy & Physiology ITina Moody
2017BIOL2254Anatomy & Physiology IITina Moody
2015SSCI1101Human RelationsBonnie Andrys
2015BUSN1110Intro to BusinessShannon Nelson
2015MKTG2120Supervisory LeadershipShannon Nelson
2014CDEV2220Integrating PlayPeggy Rogers
2014CDEV2236Occupational ExperiencePeggy Rogers
2014CDEV2244Parent & ProfessionalPeggy Rogers
2014HPER2270Health & WellnessElizabeth McMahon & Tammy Magness
2014CDEV2229Imaginative LearningPeggy Rogers
2014HLTH1126Therapeutic CommunicationMary Amundson
2014MATH0094Pre-College AlgebraFarah Rahnama
2013BIOL1004Intro to Anatomy & PhysiologyTina Moody
2013BIOL2131NutritionKathy Hushchle
2013BIOL2221MicrobiologyKathy Hushchle
2013CDEV1105Development & GuidancePeggy Rogers
2013CDEV1107Intro to Early EducationPeggy Rogers
2013CDEV2240Observing & AssessingPeggy Rogers
2013CDEV2252Paraprofessional RolePeggy Rogers
2013ENGL0085Reading & Writing IISherry Lindquist
2013ENGL1111Composition IJennifer Dahlen
2013ENGL1112Composition IIJennifer Dahlen
2013HIST1101Western Civilization IAliza Olson
2013HLTH1106Medical TerminologyDorinda Sorvig & Elizabeth McMahon
2013MATH0090Introductory AlgebraBarb Weber
2013MATH1110College AlgebraBarb Weber
2013PLSC1102American GovernmentAliza Olson
2012ENGL0095Reading & Writing IIISherry Lindquist
2012HLTH2208PathophysiologyElizabeth McMahon
2012MATH0098Intermediate AlgebraBarb Weber

Northland is a participant in the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative. This graphic shows the total number of Quality Matters recognized courses in Minnesota in the last five years as well as the number by institution.

Pie graph of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and how many quality matters courses they have.
Image credit: Minnesota Online Quality Initiative. Number of recognized courses: Central Lakes College (12), Century Community College (6), Hennepin Technical College (35), Hibbing Community College (8), Inver Hills Community College (23), M-State (9), Normandale Community College (14) and eight other colleges.