Things to think about before a QM review

Before you submit your online course for a Quality Matters review, you will want to consider the following:


  • The cost of a QM review is $1400 (starting in January 2022). This amount is covered by BSU’s Center for Extended Learning.
  • Quality Matters course reviews are designed for mature courses that have been taught previously and are fully developed online.
  • Your online course will be reviewed by a team of three certified QM Reviewers. The reviewers will base their review on a set of eight General Standards and 42 Specific Review Standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses.
  • To receive QM certification, all essential Standards (3-point Specific Review Standards) must be met during the review and an overall score of 85% of the points possible must be achieved.
  • The first thing the three QM review team members look for is measurable learning objectives (for the course and for each module/unit).

From the Quality Matters annotated rubric: It is not possible to complete the course review if measurable learning objectives are not present. In such a case, the review is suspended and the team chair consults with the instructor to clarify whether or not the matter can be quickly addressed so the review can continue.

  • Alignment is the next most important thing that the QM reviewers look for. Alignment refers to the interdependence among the five critical course components (listed below) that ensures students achieve the desired learning objectives for the course.

* Learning Objectives
* Assessment & Measurement
* Instructional Materials
* Learning Activities & Learner Interactions
* Course Technology

Another way of explaining alignment is that:
* Everything the students are expected to learn and the skills they are expected to acquire are determined by the learning objectives.
* All learning activities & learner interactions (Standard 5) and all means of assessment & measurement (Standard 3) must relate directly to the learning objectives.
* All instructional materials (Standard 4) as well as course technology (Standard 6) should directly support achievement of the learning objectives.