Anoka Technical College has attained Quality Matters certification for the course, English 1105: Composition, designed by Dr. Diana Gander Ostrander. This course has successfully met Quality Matters review expectations after undergoing the Quality Matters Peer Course Review. The course was reviewed by a trained Quality Matters Peer Review Team. For this process, three faculty members from different colleges across the U.S. were chosen to look at Dr. Ostrander’s course and go through the QM rubric to make sure that the course covers all the components that QM feels are essential for a quality online course. In order to meet Quality Matters review expectations using the 2011-2013 QM Rubric, a course must meet each of the 21 essential standards (standards valued at 3 points). In addition, the course must receive a minimum of 81 (out of 95) points. The rubric used for the review can be found here: http://www.qmprogram.org/files/QM_Standards_2011-2013.pdf. Courses that successfully meet QM standards are eligible to carry the certification mark, a protected trademark.
A number of ATC faculty are enrolling in Quality Matters courses and using the materials to strengthen their online curriculum. Additionally, Instructor Deborah Allen has gained QM Master Reviewer certification. To become a Master Reviewer, Debbie first needed to become a Peer Reviewer and review at least two courses. After the reviews, Debbie completed the Master Reviewer course and is now involved in many reviews of courses throughout the United States.
She has been asked by the Minnesota System Institutional Representatives for Quality Matters (Elizabeth McMahon (Northland Community and Technical College) and Linda Jacoby (Minnesota State University, Mankato)) to participate as a Master Reviewer in some of the upcoming course reviews managed by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI).
This course-review project and other QM opportunities have been made possible with the support of Minnesota Online. To learn more about QM in Minnesota, visit www.mnqm.wordpress.com