The Quality Matters rubric is based on national standards of best practice in online teaching and learning, the research literature, and instructional design principles. It serves as a design and evaluation tool to ensure online courses promote student learning. The rubric has 8 general standards and 40 specific standards. The eight general standards are as folllows:
1. Course Overview and Introduction
2. Learning Objectives
3. Assessment and Measurement
4. Resources and Materials
5. Learner Engagement
6. Course Technology
7. Learner Support
Alignment is an important component of the Quality Matters rubric. Learning Objectives, Assessments, Resources and Materials, Learner Engagement, and Course Technology work together to ensure that students achieve the desired learning objectives. When aligned, each of these course aspects is directly tied to and supports the learning objectives which is important for student success.
Contact Lindsey Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about Quality Matters at UW-Madison.