Are you interested in learning about the QM Rubric?

SBCTC eLearning & Open Education proudly presents…

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Join us for an informative online workshop designed to help you understand the QM rubric!

What is the APPQMR workshop about?

  • The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses.
  • In this course you’ll experience the process of applying the QM rubric to a real course.
  • APPQMR is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer workshop, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.


What will I learn?

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify the underlying principles of QM.
  • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
  • Apply the 6th Edition QM Rubric to review an online course.
  • Make decisions on whether the review course meets selected QM Rubric Standards.
  • Apply the concept of alignment.
  • Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.


Who should take this class?

  • Washington state community and technical college (WA CTC) faculty and staff interested in learning more about using the Quality Matters rubric should take this class.  There are no prerequisites for this course and it is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, instructional designers, staff, librarians, and administrators, who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review.
  • It’s not just for hybrid & online instructors!  This course will benefit instructors teaching in all modes, even face-to-face and web-enhanced.


What’s the difference between the APPQMR & IYOC workshops?

  • Take the APPQMR workshop if you would like to see the QM Rubric applied to someone else’s course; if you are interested in seeing what a course looks like before a QM review, and again after incorporating reviewer comments; or if you are considering becoming a Peer Reviewer or facilitator.
  • Take the IYOC workshop if you have already taken the APPQMR and need a refresher;  if you want to practice applying the QM Rubric to your OWN class; or if you are interested in getting your feet wet, but not fully immersed!


What details do I need to know?

  • Date:  October 4th – October 23rd
  • Location: Online in QM’s Moodle
  • Time Commitment:  Approximately 20 -25 hours to complete.  Please plan to work steadily and meet due dates throughout the session.
  • Cost:  FREE – SBCTC will pay the tuition for first-time WA CTC participants – a $200 value to you!


How do I register?

  • If you’d like to join us for this online workshop, please fill-out the online sign-up form.
  • Space is limited to 20 participants and is first come, first served!


Please contact Alissa Sells at with any questions.

Have you heard about the WA Course Design Checklist?

What is it?

The idea to create a checklist to help assure the quality of online course design at Washington State Community and Technical Colleges (CTCs) was conceived at the 2017 Quality Matters Coordinator retreat sponsored by the Office of eLearning at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC).  During the retreat our group of dedicated eLearning professionals from CTCs across the state set a goal of defining the essential indicators of a well-designed online course.  In order to allow our colleges the greatest amount of flexibility for adopting it, the group agreed that the checklist should contain the minimum foundational elements of a quality online course design plus best practices and exemplars that would allow room for growth and support a process of continuous course improvement.  In addition to being open source and helping to reduce quality assurance costs, the checklist was also to contain items of specific importance to Washington CTCs, such as affordability of course materials; best practices for copyright, accessibility, and inclusion; and mechanisms for substantive and regular interaction.  The Washington Course Design Checklist is an optional quality assurance tool and is not meant to replace the Quality Matters rubric currently in use at many of our colleges, but rather to work with it as an additional and less expensive course review option.   The purpose of this checklist is not to prescribe how one should teach, it’s simply about maximizing the essential course design elements that contribute to the success of online students in our state.

For more information about our process and the structure of the document please read the introductory page of the checklist.

How can I help?

  • For now, please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the checklist and maybe even give it a try on your own course and see how well it works. As you look it over, please think about any standards or language that may be unclear and about any important elements that might be missing.
  • Please also start thinking about a good name for our checklist. Please send your amazing checklist name ideas directly to me at

Next steps?

  • In the next few months, everyone from our family of 34 CTCs will be invited to complete a survey to collect additional feedback on the usefulness, effectiveness, and completeness of the checklist.
  • Over the next 6 months, students and faculty from across the state will be invited to give feedback on the WA course design checklist through a series of in person focus group style interviews. If you or your students are interested in participating in these interviews, please contact me at
  • Watch for additional information if you are interested in participating and please send me any questions you may have.


: ) Alissa

Alissa Sells
Program Administrator, eLearning & Open Education
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges | 425.239.0456 | @WAeLearning
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