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University to offer peer-reviewed online course certifications

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Sean O'Malley  

In the rapidly changing world of online learning, evaluating the quality of specific online courses can be a challenge. To address this, the university will begin implementing a peer reviewed quality assurance program in spring semester.

The approach will use the rubric built by Quality Matters (QM), a nationally recognized organization that focuses on research-based, peer reviewed, faculty-centric analyses to identify quality online course approaches and provide a means for continually improving those approaches.

“Faculty at OHIO are proud of the quality of their courses. We want to facilitate the recognition of that quality,” said Deb Gearhart, OHIO’s vice provost for e-Learning and strategic partnerships.

Gearhart, a QM Master Reviewer and member of the 2011-2013 rubric development team, notes that the process uses peer review and focuses exclusively on course design. “QM certification is about how a course is designed rather than how the instructor teaches the course,” Gearhart said.

OIT to host informational sessions

OIT’s Academic Technologies will host three QM informational sessions with Gearhart during fall semester for interested faculty:

  • Tuesday, Oct 15, 1 pm – 3 pm, Alden 319
  • Tuesday, Nov 5, 10 am – 12 pm, Alden 319 
  • Wednesday, Nov 6, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Alden 319

Participation is limited to 50 per day. To guarantee a seat, please register in advance.

Related Links

Register for a QM session 
Quality Matters home page