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Quality Matters Fellowships

Overview

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to improve the quality of online courses. QM is based on nationally recognized best practices and built on the expertise of experienced online instructors and instructional designers.

Learn more about Quality Matters (QM):

 

Level 1: Quality Matters Course Design

Participants will focus on completing the basic training for Quality Matters (QM) – Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR). Then, participants will work on completing the design of one online, or one hyrbid, or one competency-based course with support from a Distance Education Instructional Designer. The completed course will also require successful completion of an internal Quality Matters (QM) review.

Requirements:

1. Complete the APPQMR training offered by Distance Education

APPQMR Description: Learn the underlying principles behind the QM Rubric and the critical elements of the QM quality assurance process. Learn about drafting helpful recommendations as you apply the Rubric to an actual course. It involves faculty participating in the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop for 6 hours and the completion of course design and alignment using Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and standards.

2. Complete one online/hybrid/CBE course design and the course must meet internal QM review

 

Length: Max 14 weeks

Process:

Phase 1: Attend APPQMR training

Phase 2: Select an online/hybrid/CBE course to apply QM for course design
Complete Alignment Table for the selected course

Phase 3: Develop course in Blackboard
Complete internal QM-Certified course

Compensation$1,000

Applications Closed

Participation in Level 1 places candidates in the selection pool for the Level 2 fellowship.
Faculty who have completed OCRA are eligible to apply for Level 2 directly.

Level 2: QM Fellow

Participants will attend additional training and professional development (in-house or external), serve as peer reviewers to improve ACC online/hybrid/CBE course design, teach, and prepare courses for National QM review. In addition, they will offer training and serve as a peer mentor to other faculty.

Length: 1-year program
Track 1: Spring/Summer/Fall
Track 2: Fall/Spring/Summer

Approvals Needed: Department Chair including assigned course to design and offer/teach and Distance Education Department (Director and DE Instructional Designer)

Compensation: $1,200
Fellowships Available: Up to 4 per year

Pre-Requisites: Requires completion of Level 1 Fellowship and have at least one Internally QM-certified course offered in the spring or the fall semester

Requirements:

    • Complete official and/or internal Peer Reviewer training
    • Review at least two ACC Internal QM online/hybrid/CBE courses
    • Submit at least one course for National QM review
    • Make DE Symposium presentation or lead at least one DE related workshop series
    • Serve as a mentor for Level 1 Fellows

 

Mentoring Requirement:
Mentor one attendee of Level 1 to complete QM Course Design – $200

Process:

Phase 1: Peer Review

Complete National or ACC Internal Peer Reviewer training (by the end of Spring/Fall) ($500)
Perform at least two ACC Internal QM course review (by the end of Fall/Summer) ($300 team chair; $200 peer reviewer)

Phase 2: National QM Review

Teach internally QM-certified course (Spring/Fall)
Assess and prepare the course for National QM Review (Eight QM General Standards) (Summer/Spring)
Submit prepared course for National QM review (Fall/Summer)

Phase 3: Presentation

Make DE Symposium presentation or lead at least one DE related workshop series

Applications Closed

Participation in Level 2 places candidates in the selection pool for the Level 3 fellowship.

Level 3: Senior QM Fellow

Faculty will identify and select a problem or issue to research surrounding the course and the related redesign strategy. They will gather existing research and data from reputable publications and participate in professional development opportunities to deepen understanding about contemporary issues. Fellows will prepare a literature review, conduct research and prepare a publishable article. In addition they will offer training and serve as a peer mentor to other faculty.

Pre-Requisite: Requires completion of Level 2 Fellowship

Length: 2-year program

Track 1: Spring/Summer/Fall for 2 years
Track 2: Fall/Spring/Summer for 2 years

Approvals Needed: Department Chair, Dean, and Distance Education Department (Director and DE ID)

Compensation: $2,500

Fellowships Available: Up to 2 per year

Requirements:

    • Conduct QM course design-related research
    • Write proposal or publishable article
    • Make DE Symposium presentation or lead at least one DE related workshop series
    • Attend DE related conference and report on experience
    • Serve as mentor for Level 2 Fellows

First Year 

    1. Identify and gather research topic related to QM course design (Fall/Spring)
    2. Complete literature review and finalize the research topic (Spring/Summer)
    3. Identify data collection process and methodology (Summer/Fall)
    4. Implement research topic to QM course design (Summer/Fall) ($1000)
    5. Make DE Symposium presentation or lead at least one DE related workshop series

Second Year

    1. Teach research-based QM course (Fall/Spring)
    2. Collect and analyze data (Spring/Summer)
    3. Write proposal or publishable article and submit (Summer/Fall) ($1000)
    4. Make DE Symposium presentation or lead at least one DE related workshop series
    5. Attend QM or DE related Conference and report on the experience
Mentoring Requirement:
Mentor one attendee of Level 2 to complete National QM review – $500

 

Applications Closed

Participation in Level 3 places candidates in the selection pool for future development opportunities.

Contact

For questions about Quality Matters Fellowships, please contact Dr. Marian Moore (marian.moore@austincc.edu).