Quality Matters logoThe following resources will help you to learn more about Quality Matters and apply it in your courses. If you have specific questions about Quality Matters, send them to Samira Laouzai.


Conferences and Events

9th Annual Quality Matters Conference

Pathways to Excellence
September 24-27, 2017
Fort Worth, Texas



8th Annual Quality Matters Conference

2016 NYC Regional Conference


Look for QM in the AJDE

Cover of the American Journal of Distance Education

Kay Shattuck, D.Ed. QM's Director, Research, developed and guest edited Volume 29 Issue 3 of the American Journal of Distance Education (AJDE), a top research journal. Enjoy open access to the special issue on Quality Matters through November 2015.

QM Joins Collaboration in Competency-Based Education

QM is a thought partner in a multi-pronged effort led by Public Agenda, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and others to create new resources and opportunities in response to growing interest in competency-based education (CBE).

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Research and Resources

Quality Matters has a wealth of information and tools for finding answers in today’s literature. Everyday, education researchers ask important questions about online learning — Start collaborating:

QM Instructional Designers Association


The QM IDA is made up of QM-subscribed instructional designers from all over the country who are passionate about course design and want to share ideas and best practices with others. Join in the conversation on their website.

Please note, to become part of the QM IDA, you will need a MyQM account, current individual or other subscription, and an approved application.

QM eLearning Marketplace

Check out this free, searchable database built to serve the broad QM community with an easy-to-use eLearning product/service directory organized within the eight general standards of the rubric, in addition to user and product categories. Resources for supporting accessibility, creating content, and delivering content in various media are all listed in this database. You can also add resources.

Quality Assurance Resources

QM Rubric Standards


The QM Rubrics are intended for use with courses that are delivered fully online or have significant online components (hybrid and blended courses). Create a MyQM account or sign in to access PDFs non-annotated Rubric Standards:

Are Your Courses QM-Certified?

Quality course design can help with student learning. You can get started with a course review by a certified team of QM reviewers for your Higher Ed, K-12, K-12 Publisher, Higher Ed Publisher or CPE courses. (Subscription recommended, but not required.)

QM can show you how to:

Become a QM-Certified Peer Reviewer!

Peer Reviewers promote continuous quality improvement by improving their OWN courses, as well as those across an institution. Being a Peer Reviewer is a great opportunity to learn from other reviewers, gain valuable leadership experience, earn extra income, and get recognition from peers for your individual contributions.


QM has Professional Development offerings leading to certification as a reviewer in each of our five program areas. Become a Peer Reviewer by starting with either the Higher Ed or K-12 pathway. Both entail:

  • Completing a Workshop on Applying the QM Rubric (This course is offered for free for all UAB faculty and staff). Please check Applying the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric Workshop page for additional information.
  • Completing a Reviewer Course
  • Completing Final Eligibility Steps