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Quality Matters: Improving Your Online Course

The Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop explores the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses. Quality Matters is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its scalable, peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a plan to improve the design of an online course.


IYOC Program Schedule

Spring 2022

  • February 15 – March 7
  • February Session Deadline: February 8, Tuesday
  • April 5 – April 25
  • April Session Deadline: March 29, Tuesday


  • Participants who successfully complete the IYOC are eligible to download and print a certificate of completion from the Quality Matters website.
  • Our best estimate is to expect at least 10 hours per week to complete the workshop.

Comments from Faculty Participants

“The workshop was worthwhile and challenging. The Facilitators were responsive and helpful.”

“I was surprised to learn about the system created by QM. Simply working through this workshop and seeing how this organization has created a system by which one can examine any online course no matter what the discipline has been an interesting exercise in thinking about elements of pedagogy in abstract ways and then examining how those elements are made manifest in my own course.”

“It has been a pleasure participating in this workshop. First, I was surprised that my course largely complies with the QM philosophies and rubric, particularly because I had a very brief interaction with the rubric and the design philosophies behind it when I first took my online course certification in 2014. Second, I was happy to glimpse at the online coursework of my colleagues and verify that I’m on the same page—there’s room for improvement, but my own course design largely matched the work of others. In online teaching, we’re a little more isolated in the course’s evaluation than in face-to-face courses, so I think I have been a bit unsure about how I was doing. The course structure and design principles shared here validated my own. Third, I found the workshop itself a good model for the online course I’m working on. I like the consistent and logical flow and the use of checklists, and the workshop’s structure has inspired me to more clearly align objectives, activities, and instructional materials.”

“I am surprised by how much this course, designed to improve my online course, will also positively impact my face-to-face courses.”

“[Appreciated] the wonderful insight provided by the participants in the discussion items. Loved the interaction.”

Last updated: 10/29/2021