We always want to ensure that students receive the same, if not better, quality and effectiveness through online education that they receive through a traditional classroom. That’s where the nonprofit organization Quality Matters comes in. They provide a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. Blackboard is proud to announce a new partnership with Quality Matters to promote effective practices in online education. What does that mean for you? Blackboard Consulting Services (SM) staff will be trained by Quality Matters and will offer support in both faculty development and course design. In fact, new offerings are already available today and include the QM Program Overview and Applying the QM Rubric training. If you’re looking for a case study on success with Quality Matters, look no further than Capella University. Capella was among the first institutions to programmatically implement Quality Matters and have found it extremely beneficial for both faculty and learners. They started looking into QM programs back in 2006 based on their need for external standards to guide course development and external validation.
Nick White, the Manager of Course Quality Assurance for Capella University explained how their work with QM has grown. “Our Quality Matters implementation grew gradually and organically. It was originally led by one group of faculty members, but they were so excited about it that they trained others. Further, our data shows that learners are especially satisfied with QM courses. So now we have a multiyear commitment and QM is embedded in many of our internal processes.”Months before the partnership announcement, Blackboard had the opportunity to talk with Quality Matters Executive Director Dr. Ron Legon about the role of his organization in online education. Watch below!