Western is a subscriber of Quality Matters (QM) who are leaders in quality assurance for online education. Their review process and QM Rubric are designed to help improve the quality of online and blended units.
WHAT IS QUALITY MATTERS?
Quality Matters (QM) refers to a rubric organised into general and specific standards. These are used as a guiding framework in the design of units and in reviewing how different elements of the unit work together to promote and enhance student learning.
As you work through various sections in this resource, references to Quality Matters will be provided and these standards will provide you with a benchmark for ensuring that consistent standards relating to learning activities, assessment and design of your TEL environment are maintained.
How are the Quality Matters applied in a TEL environment?
The application of Quality Matters is encouraged during all stages of the design of your TEL environment.
For example, your design should include clear signposts related to the unit information, learning guide and a clear navigational structure for the whole unit. These design considerations are associated with QM’s General Standard 1.
Other standards relate to the design of learning activities, assessment items, interactive elements, use of technology and accessibility. It is essential that unit learning activities, learning materials and assessment tasks are aligned and made clear to learners.
The standards related to the different phases of the design, development and delivery of your unit are clearly identified and you are encouraged to refer to these guidelines as you design and develop your unit.
Interested in learning more about Quality Matters? Western Sydney University has a subscription with QM and staff can access discounted courses. You can search for a course, workshop or resource on the QM website.
View the list of Specific Review Standards from the QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition at the Quality Matters website.
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