Center for Engagement and Learning - Quality Matters

Quality Matters at Pierce College

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning.  Washington State Community & Technical Colleges subscribe to the QM Program, as do many other statewide systems and individual institutions. As part of our continuous effort to improve the quality of our online courses, Pierce College subscribed to the Quality Matters program in 2009. The QM Program has three primary components: The QM Rubric, QM Professional Development and the Peer Review Process.

Quality Matters Professional Development

The Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop* is QM's basic workshop, covering the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including those who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review. The APPQMR is the pre-requisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a certified QM Peer Reviewer.

APPQMR training is a required by the Pierce College eLearning department for teaching online and hybrid courses at Pierce College. In-person and online options are offered a variety of times throughout the academic year. Please contact the eLearning department for upcoming APPQMR training dates. If you teach online and you are not sure you have completed this requirement, please contact the eLearning department to verify your training status.

Workshop Descriptions

Online Option: Fully online; usually two weeks in length; facilitated; no knowledge prerequisite requirements; participants must have computer and reliable internet access; expect to spend about 8 -10 hours per week in this workshop to successfully complete it. Please contact the eLearning department if you are interested in taking APPQMR online and they will direct you to the correct sign up form. A limited number of seats are available through the SBCTC.

The QM Rubric

Pierce College supports the application of the QM Rubric standards to its fully online courses to ensure they meet expectations, either from initial design and development or through revisions. The Quality Matters Rubric is research supported and promotes best practice-based quality standards and procedures. Faculty peer-reviewers use the QM Rubric to review Pierce College online courses to help meet our primary objective of ensuring quality assurance and promoting continuous improvement.

For more information about the Quality Matters Rubric please visit the QM website.