Wichita State is a Quality Matters (QM) school, although not all courses are put through the Quality Matters review process.
QM is an independent organization that provides faculty-centered course reviews based on a rubric that breaks down to eight general areas of course construction:
- Course Overview and Introduction
- Learning Objectives (Competencies)
- Assessment and Measurement
- Instructional Materials
- Course Activities and Learner Interaction
- Course Technology
- Learner Support
- Accessibility and Usability
For more information about the QM rubric, click here.
Many Wichita State University faculty members, including all Online Faculty Fellows, and some teaching staff, including all members of Instructional Design and Technology, are QM trained. These members of the WSU community can help you think through your course in terms of the QM rubric.
Through the IDT team, the university offers several different course review processes:
- Friendly Audit: This program is an annual process whereby all online courses are reviewed for quality. These reviews include a look at ADA issues, organization, and parity.
- WSU Silver: The Silver Audit is a voluntary audit initiated by IDT if a faculty member requests it. The Silver Audit is the “first stop” for faculty who intend to request a full QM review of their course some day. This review is more extensive than the Friendly Audit program.
- WSU Gold: The Gold Audit is a voluntary audit initiated by IDT if a faculty member requests it. The Gold Audit is as rigorous as a full QM peer review, but is undertaken internally either by IDT staff or emeritus members of the Online Faculty Fellows program. A Gold review is required if a faculty member plans to ask for university financial support of a full QM review.
- QM Review: A full QM review is optional and can be requested by the faculty member or made a program standard by the department. QM reviews are handled by QM and must be paid for by the department or in some cases by the Office of Online Learning. IDT does not coordinate QM reviews.
Regardless what type of course review you are seeking, remember, getting your course reviewed is not a scary “gotcha” experience. These reviews are designed to help faculty understand what can be done to improve such things as course organization, ADA issues, and tool use.