What kinds of review are possible?
1. Most QM peer reviews at Pierce will be unofficial internal reviews. Completion of an Internal Review with a Quality Matters Coach is the best pathway to ensure that a course aligns with QM standards or to prepare a course for National Review.
Pierce College internal reviews involve the faculty/developer, at least one Pierce College QM Coach (assigned by the Center for Engagement and Learning) and the Pierce College QM Coordinator.
Pierce College QM Coaches are also online instructors themselves. They are trained to give positive and constructive feedback on course design and make recommendations for course improvement. They are not judging or evaluating individual instructors on their ability to teach online and it is a collaborative and supportive process for all involved. Pierce uses QM certified Master Reviewers or Peer Reviewers as QM Coaches for internal reviews.
2. The Center for Engagement and Learning can also arrange for official Subscriber-managed or QM -managed National Reviews through QM. There is a fee for these types of reviews, however they do lead to national recognition when the course meets Quality Matters standards. For more information about submitting a course for National Review, please contact the Center for Engagement and Learning.
When should I get a course reviewed? What are the criteria for reviews?
Courses for QM Internal Review are typically for
Courses for a National Review must be
How do I initiate a review of a course?
Faculty seeking an internal review should contact one of the two Pierce QM Institutional Representatives:
Faculty and programs that wish to complete reviews for National Review should also contact the Pierce QM Institutional Representatives to discuss the National Review process and available funding for these reviews.
What version of the rubric will be used in these reviews?
All reviews will use the full, annotated QM Rubric for course evaluation. QM periodically updates the rubric for continuous improvement. We will use the current rubric posted at the Quality Matters site.