Quality Matters Initiative

Consistent with our mission to promote the continuous improvement and development of high-quality online courses and programs, UNI Continuing & Distance Education has adopted Quality Matters, a nationally recognized rubric of standards for online course design.

Essential to the successful implementation of the Quality Matters Initiative are its professional development opportunities. As of August 2015, more than 200 UNI faculty and approximately 25 professional staff have participated in workshops exploring the basics of applying the Quality Matters Rubric to course design. Additionally, 65 of these faculty have taken the next step to improve the design of their online courses. To further advance this professional development opportunity, 40 individuals have successfully completed the Quality Matters Peer Review Course, designed to prepare experienced online faculty to become Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewers.

To begin the process, faculty members should submit an online course development award proposal. If you have any questions about the initiative and/or distance education in general, please contact Belle Cowden at belle.cowden@uni.edu or 319-273-7211.