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Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) is a nonprofit, nationally and internationally recognized, faculty-driven course quality assurance organization. It provides instructors with tools and processes to continuously improve their online and blended courses through a rigorous review process organized around a research-based rubric of QM course design standards. It's grounded in research, driven by best practices, and it's a community that puts learners first.


Why do we use QM at Loyola?

1. Course review results in better course design, which makes navigation easier for students, reduces barriers to student achievement, and results in better outcomes. The researched-supported rubrics and standards in the QM quality assurance provide objective, evidence-based ways to evaluate the components of an online learning system. Our syllabus and course templates are designed to meet QM standards.

2. The self-review process enables instructors to conduct a self-review of their course and refine their course design before they apply for internal review and then QM official review in the future.

3. Quality Matters member community is comprised of over 1500 organizations in over 30 countries across 6 continents from the higher education, K-12 secondary, educational publishing, and continuing education and professional development arenas. This community serves as another support system besides the QM organization by sharing their QM stories. 

4. QM offers opportunities for nationally and internationally recognized QM certification for online and blended courses as well as many professional development activities. We are working on funds to support our faculty on this.




Quality Matters Sign In Page


Quality Matters Accounts, Online Course Self-Review, and Internal Review How-to Guide


Loyola QM Internal Review Email Notification Example


One Page QM Higher Education Rubric Seventh Edition


Full Annotated QM Higher Education Rubric Seventh Edition


To which course formats can QM Rubrics be applied?


QM Course Worksheet, HE Seventh Edition


QM Glossary, HE Seventh Edition


Other (Free) Resources


Self-paced course: Elements of Quality Matters


Member Success Stories, Research, and More


Previous QM Conference Presentations


Quality Matters YouTube Playlists


Research and Best Practices


Other Online Learning Resources


Quality Matters Events 


One Page QM Higher Education Rubric Sixth Edition


Full Annotated QM Higher Education Rubric Sixth Edition