NMSU is a member of Quality Matters (QM). QM is nationally recognized for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement of online courses. This membership provides NMSU faculty and staff opportunities for QM peer reviews using the QM rubric. Three peer review options are available to NMSU-Las Cruces faculty to improve their online courses.
Option 1: Internal QM Reviews
The Quality Matters rubric is used to review your online course. There are multiple ways to receive informal feedback about your online course using this rubric:
- Use the QM Rubric to self-review your online course.
- Use the QM Rubric to have peers provide feedback on specific standards in your course.
- Submit a request for an internal course review by the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) staff.
- Attend professional development workshops designed around the QM standards. Find these workshops through OCIP Events or the Teaching Academy.
- Apply to OCIP’s programs offered at the beginning of each semester.
Option 2: Formal QM Reviews
An online course will gain national recognition if it meets the expectations of the Quality Matters Rubric. To gain national recognition, the course must be formally reviewed. At NMSU, a formal review consists of a peer review team of three QM certified peer reviewers, two of whom are from NMSU and one from another university. The review team provides feedback about the online course within 5 weeks from the start of the review. Courses that meet the QM standards for quality online course design will receive national QM recognition.
Formal course reviews by the OCIP team are restricted to Las Cruces’ main campus faculty/instructors. To request a formal review of your online course, submit a request for a formal course review to OCIP.
For NMSU community college campus faculty/instructors, please check with your administration to see if your campus has a QM membership and about the possibility of having a formal course review by your campus peers.
Option 3: QM Recertification of QM Recognized Course
You will need a new Quality Matters Review on a previously recognized course if:
- You have started or stopped using publisher material.
- You have changed your course or module level objectives.
- You have changed, added, or deleted 20% of your assessments.
- You have changed 20% of your instructional material.
- You have changed 20% or more of your navigation or course structure.
- It has been 5 years since the last review.