Pathway to Quality of Online Courses

Professional Development Workshops and Resources for Online Learning

To be fully prepared to develop or revise an online course, attend the following workshops.

Academic Technology Online Course Improvement Program Quality Matters Other Resources for Course Development
  • **Introduction to Canvas
  • Modules in Canvas
  • Quizzes in Canvas
  • Home Pages/Pages
  • Assignments & Rubrics
  • Grade Book Workshop
  • Introduction to Adobe Connect

**Required workshop

For schedule of events and registration information, visit Academic Technology-Events.

  • Course Mapping/Learning Objectives Workshop
  • Designing Your Home Page Workshop
  • Getting Started Module Workshop
  • Online Syllabus Tool

For schedule of events and registration information, visit Online Course Improvement Program – Events.

  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) Workshop
  • ***Peer Reviewer Certification
  • ***Master Reviewer Certification

*** Advanced Quality Matters Workshops

For schedule of events and registration information, visit Online Course Improvement Program – Events.

Quality Matters Online Course Review

  • All new courses should be designed using the Online Course Development Guide and the QM Rubric.
  • Online courses offered at NMSU will go through QM Internal Review, at a minimum.
  • Complete the Online Course Development Review Request.
  • For “shared” or “master”courses:
    1. One Course Representative should be identified to complete the QM Review request.
    2. The Course Representative will be the ultimate authority for the QM approved course.
    3. Before changes can be made to the QM approved shared or master course, the Course Representative would need to be consulted to ensure QM expectations are being met.
Self Review Internal Review Formal Review Re-certification Review
Once an online course is developed using the noted resources above:

  1. Complete a QM Self Review.
  2. Use the annotations to revise your online course to meet the expectations of a Quality Matters review.
Once an online course is developed using the noted resources above and you are seeking an Internal Review:

  1. Complete a QM Self Review. Use the annotations to assure the course is fully developed and ready for a Quality Matters review.  Save the self-review in .pdf format.
  2. Complete an Online Course Development Review Request. The self-review from step one and a copy of the course syllabus using the online syllabus template or the Provost Syllabus Tool must be attached for the request to be complete.
  3. The course will be placed on a pre-review list.  Course will be reviewed in the order they are received.
  4. Courses will be reviewed using the Quality Matters Rubric.
  5. Internal Reviews are completed one certified peer reviewer using the Quality Matters Rubric and course review process.  Allow 2 weeks for feedback on your course.
  6. Courses will be placed in amendment if the course does not meet QM expectations using the QM Rubric and standards..
  7. Amendments are made to the course by the course developer.
  8. The course is resubmitted for re-review through the amendment form on the Quality Matters website.
  9. Once the course meets Quality Matters expectations, the review is marked “met standards” and the review is complete.
  10. If the course does not meet the QM Rubric expectations, it goes back through amendment. This cycle continues until the course meets the expectations of a QM Internal Review and is marked as “met standards.”
  1. Complete an Online Course Development Review Request. The self-review and a copy of the course syllabus using the online syllabus template or the Provost Syllabus Tool must be attached for the request to be complete.
  2. The course will be placed on a pre-review list.
  3. A review team will be established with a Formal Review Chair being identified.
  4. The Review Chair will provide meeting dates and a review timeline.
  5. Courses will be reviewed using the Quality Matters Rubric.
  6. Courses will be placed in amendment if the course does not meet the QM expectation using the QM Rubric and Standards..
  7. Amendments are made to the course and resubmitted for re-review.
  8. Once the course meets the QM Rubric expectations, the review is marked “met standards.”
  9. If the course does not meet the QM Rubric expectations, it goes back through  amendment. This cycle continues until the course meets the expectations of a QM Internal Review and is marked as “met standards.”
You will need a new Quality Matters Review on a previously recognized course if:

  1. You have started or stopped using publisher material.
  2. You have changed your course or module level objectives.
  3. You have changed, added, or deleted 20% of your assessments.
  4. You have changed 20% of your instructional material.
  5. You have changed 20% or more of your navigation or course structure.
  6. It has been  5 years since the last review.

You do NOT need a new Quality Matters Course Review on a previously recognized course if:

  1. You have improved or clarified directions.
  2. You have added course materials to keep the course current or supplement instruction.
  3. You have added  innovative technology such as lectures, videos, presentation software, publisher enhancements, etc. (Remember to get videos captioned.)
  4. You have personalized information.
  5. You have updated policies.
  6. You have substituted one problem for a different one that is equal in content, such as different numbers in a math problem.Internal Review Using Quality Matters. Once an online course is developed using the noted resources above.