On November 1, 2016 at the 8th Annual Quality Matters Conference, our Senior Instructional Designer, Torie Wynn, gave a presentation over how the QM Rubric has been modified and adjusted at Wichita State to meet the needs of our faculty, and ultimately, of our students.
Wichita State University implemented Quality Matters as the quality assurance standard for online courses less than three years ago. Initially, faculty were expected to quickly take to the rubric, but after a series of frustrations, our Instructional Design team reengaged faculty by constructing a four tier system in which they may submit their online courses for review.This process slowly introduces faculty to QM standards and practices. Overtime, the tiered structure builds toward completing a full QM review. The four tiers consist of the following (click to download and view each of the forms):
In this presentation, Torie discussed the past frustrations when introducing the rubric, the construction and implementation of the tiered system at our university, and the strengths and weaknesses of this process while emphasizing specific accomplishments in our Dental Hygiene, English, Spanish, Criminal Justice, and Business Departments.
The learning objectives of this presentation were as follows:
- Restructure the organization of the Quality Matters Rubric to meet the needs of resistant faculty.
- Identify common frustrations experienced by institutions new to Quality Matters and construct a tiered solution to answer these frustrations.
- Critique the tiered solution and identify its strengths and weaknesses.