Quality Matters Changes To Anticipate in 2014
Starting in July, QM is implementing a number of changes related to the course review process to improve the rigor of reviews and to provide more services to subscribers. These changes include naming protocols, new review services and process changes, requirements for Peer Reviewers, a new QM Review Manager Certification and a fee change. For QM Professional Development, there are changes related to our standards-based workshops and the release of the next Rubric edition. There are no fee increases planned for subscriptions or professional development.
New Rubric Launch
The QM Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014 is scheduled for release August 1, 2014. This will be open to all subscribers (including AP partner universities) and the AP course reviewers will take a workshop to maintain (and update) their peer reviewer certification. Review Frequently Asked Questions related to the Fifth Edition, 2014 Rubric release.
To increase the professionalism and rigor of reviews, QM will be articulating new Peer Review and Master Reviewer competencies. As they have done with Master Reviewer re-certification, Peer Reviewers will be provided ongoing opportunities for professional development and be expected to re-certify with every Rubric Update.
New Naming Protocols
To achieve consistency across all of QM’s Rubrics and Programs, they have changed some of the naming protocols used in QM’s tools and resources:
- QM Coordinator (formerly Institution Representative (IR))
- Lead QM Coordinator (formerly Lead IR)
- Course Representative (formerly Faculty Developer)
- Course Review Manager (new role, see New Certifications, below)
As Academic Partnerships partner universities, you have the option for our in-house reviewers to review your course using the Quality Matters rubric. We will go through the necessary training so that we can immediately apply the new rubric to your courses. We look forward to reviewing your courses with the new and improved 2014 Quality Matters Rubric!