Center for Engagement and Learning - Quality Matters Peer Reviews

Pierce College Quality Matters Peer Reviews

What kinds of review are possible?

1. Most peer reviews at Pierce are unofficial internal reviews. Completion of an internal review with a Quality Matters coach is one pathway to ensure that your course aligns with QM standards or to prepare a course for National Review.

Pierce College internal reviews involve the faculty member who is teaching the course and a QM coach.

  • This process is informal and begins with arranged conferences/meetings between the faculty member and the QM coach. Together they review the course and develop a list of recommended revisions or improvements to the course.

  • After the QM coach and faculty member have met and discussed course recommendations and improvements, the QM Coordinator is available to connect the faculty member to available resources, such as an instructional designer, as the instructor makes improvements to the course.

  • It is highly recommended that the faculty member has taken the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric course prior to participating in an internal review.

Pierce College QM coaches are typically 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. Pierce College can also arrange for official National Reviews through QM. This type of review can 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 or the Pierce College eLearning director.

QM Review FAQs

When should I get a course reviewed? What are the criteria for reviews?

Internal Reviews and QM coaching can be used for

  • brand new or re-designed courses
  • courses taught in hybrid or fully online modes
  • courses that have not been taught before.
  • courses have been taught at least once and the instructor is seeking coaching on how to re-design the course to meet QM standards.

Courses for a National Review must be

  • taught in hybrid or fully online modes only
  • taught in the current learning management system for at least two quarters (three quarters preferred). 

How do I initiate a review of a course?

Faculty seeking an internal review can contact Center for Engagement and Learning or the Pierce College eLearning director to discuss the process.

Faculty or departments that wish to complete a National Review should contact the Center for Engagement and Learning or the Pierce College eLearning director to discuss the process.

General information and inquiries

Greg Brazell
Director, Center for Engagement and Learning

Renee Phoenix
Instructional Designer, Center for Engagement and Learning

Jessica Bodas
Program Coordinator

Carrie West
Open Education Project Manager

Kyle Peirson
Educational Technology Specialist