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Helping you deliver on your online promise

With online learning, everyone has a goal. Learners need to improve and grow. You work to nurture them with well-conceived, well-designed, well-presented courses and programs. Our goal — as a non-profit, quality assurance organization — is to provide a system to help you deliver on that promise: with review, improvement and certification of quality.

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Over 1000 studies: sorted, sifted, scrutinized.

Solid research is the foundation — and catalyst for improvement — of the QM Quality Assurance process.

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Learn, share, connect.

QM Conferences and resources give you access to the QM community — roughly 100,000 strong, with over 1,300 member institutions in the US and internationally.

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The gold standard for courses, programs and more.

From general to specific, QM provides a pathway for benchmarking quality. Objectively. Repeatedly. Predictably.

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QA & Peer Review

Robust, objective, expert input.

With 8,000 certified reviewers, our exclusive system puts you on track to reach quality assurance goals and improve student achievement.

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Professional Development

Get in depth and maximize QM.

Strengthen your expertise with workshops and resources focused on improving quality. Broaden your skill set with courses for QM Roles.

Get Started on the Path of Continuous Improvement

Recognition for Foundational Design Quality

Already using the three-point Essential Standards from the QM Higher Ed Rubric, Seventh Edition to build quality in your course? Get recognized for Foundational Design when the course meets Standards in an Essential Review — a new official review option for benchmarking and recognizing faculty and staff continuous improvement efforts.

Need help mapping out your online course?

Sign up to access the Bridge to Quality: A QM Online Course Design Guide.
The guides — Higher Ed. and K-12 versions available — offer an iterative, step-based approach for bridging the gap from your ideas for improvement or a new course to one that is thoughtfully designed to support student success. The higher ed edition was recently updated to reflect the QM Higher Education Rubric, Seventh Edition.

See the Creating Course Alignment Maps workshop for more.

Build Skills for Tomorrow's Learners

Whether you're looking to use AI, improve course delivery or explore equitable assessment practices, QM has you covered with professional development options. Here's what's new:

  1. Summer Camp — Three short virtual workshops & one webinar
  2. Applying Universal Design for Learning
  3. Leveraging Generative AI for Course Design
  4. Teaching Online Certificate virtual workshops — Short synchronous sessions coupled with async activities

Scheduling professional development for a group? QM can help you set up dedicated sessions in face-to-face, virtual and online modalities to fit your timeline and budget.

Find Out if QM is Right for You

If you’ve been looking for solutions to help ensure that learners are engaging with high-quality courses and instructional materials (HQIM), QM has them. Through course improvement, professional development and robust review processes, QM empowers you to deliver on the promise of online learning.

What is a QM-Certified Course?


A QM-Certified Course is an online or blended course that has met QM Standards for a QM Rubric in an Official Course Review for Certification. Once certified, organizations can display the QM Certification Mark to demonstrate their commitment to quality, continuous improvement and HQIM.

Learn About QM Rubric Standards

QM’s five Rubrics are composed of General and Specific Review Standards, allowing for complete course review. The Standards are research-supported and based on published best practices. QM Rubrics are an essential part of creating, certifying and maintaining quality course design and HQIM.

Every Implementation Tells A Story

“I loved participating in the QM Colleague Program…it helps to talk with someone who has been through the process and knows what works.”

Diane Pisacreta from Saint Louis Community College, Professor

“Having our online programs Quality Matters certified will distinguish them in the marketplace where students have so many choices these days."

Garvey Pyke from UNC Charlotte, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

"Since participating in the QM K-12 Reviewer Course, I have a much better grasp of the rubric, including a deeper understanding of each standard and any corresponding annotation."

Anthony White from Kodiak Island Borough School District, Statewide Virtual Content and STEM Program Coordinator

"It is always refreshing to attend a QM Conference. The enthusiasm and collaboration felt is contagious in a good way."

Maria Fernandez from California State University, Los Angeles


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