Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) is a nonprofit organization representing broad inter-institutional collaboration and a shared understanding of online course quality. QM provides tools, resources, support, and training to empower faculty, teachers, and schools to design their own quality online courses, personalize and improve existing online offerings, evaluate third-party courses, and teach in online learning environments. The organization has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning.

What QM is:

  • The gold standard for online course and program development
  • Practical application or research in teaching and learning
  • Professional development for educators
  • A community of practitioners committed to quality in online learning
  • A continuous improvement model for quality assurance

What QM Does:

  • Develops and updates research-centered, community-validated standards for quality in online courses, programs, teaching, and beyond
  • Provides tools, processes and support for the implementation of quality assurance programs within institutions and organizations
  • Provides professional development for instructors and other education professionals
  • Certifies online courses and programs
  • Connects a community of individuals committed to quality student learning through conferences, webinars, digital meeting spaces, and events (https://www.qualitymatters.org)

Quality Matters in Ohio

QM subscribers include community and technical colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other academic agencies. Ohio has two system-wide subscriptions to utilize the QM resources and training licenses for Applying the QM Rubric, one for K-12 and the other for higher education.

QM in Ohio’s Higher Education Institutions

Ohio institutions of higher education were early adopters of this quality framework. With a group of over 60 member institutions that subscribe to Quality Matters, the Ohio Quality Matters Consortium is the largest statewide system for QM in the country. Ohio has 307 QM peer reviewers trained in the QM rubric for higher education and 74 master reviewers. The Ohio QM Consortium has also developed a peer review bartering system as an efficient and affordable way to conduct online course reviews among consortium members.

Visit the website of the Ohio Quality Matters Consortium to learn about the consortium’s mission and use of QM in Ohio’s universities, community and technical colleges.

QM in Ohio’s K-12 Community

In 2012, Ohio engaged K-12 educators in learning to use the Quality Matters K-12 rubric to ensure quality online and blended learning with their students and to support alignment as students make transitions to post-secondary environments. The Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education jointly hold the Ohio K-12 program subscription and training license with Quality Matters. To date, 962 Ohio educators have received training in the QM K-12 Secondary rubric and 29 have been trained as K-12 QM Reviewers.


For more information about Quality Matters in Ohio, visit the following websites:



Sandra Paxton
Educational Technology
(614) 728-8860