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Quality Matters Rubric

The QM rubric will help you build your course according to essential online learning standards based on sound learning theory. The QM rubric was developed by faculty across 17 institutions. It also provides a common language for discussion of course design. Learn more at

The QM Initiative at Regent

Regent University has been using the quality matters rubric since 2005.  In 2012, Regent committed to an institutional subscription and initiative towards applying the QM standards pdf file in all of its courses to support our university goal that  Regent University will be recognized for its excellence in education.

If you are interested in applying QM standards, you can sign up for our class Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APP) workshop. This is the flagship workshop of QM and is led by CTL's Olgy Gary. It focuses on the process of using the QM Rubric to review online course design. This is an asynchronous 2-week course which should take around 20 hours for you to successfully complete. Visit RTS to see when the next available course is offered.

For more information or if you have any questions about Quality Matters, please contact CTL today. Email Olgy Gary at


Faculty with QM Recognized Courses

Congratulations to the following faculty. Each of these faculty have met Quality Matters standards in at least one of their courses.

Cornelius Bekker
Emilyn Cabanda
Paul Carr
Kristy Chalfin
Dale Coulter
William Cox
Victor Cuartas
Kathie Erwin
Donald Finn
James Flynn
Ben Fraser
Doris Gomez
Peter Grabe
Michael Hartsfield

Scott Hayes
Jiuhan Huang
Elizabeth Hunter
John Keeler
Michael Kelly
Mary Manjikian
Jeffry Morrison
Gary Oster
Kathleen Patterson
Tim Redmer
Gary Roberts
Greg Stone
Cyrus Williams
Bruce Winston

For a complete list of QM Recognized Courses, please visit the Quality Matters Program.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between course level and module level learning objectives?

Course level objectives would be the ones SOE normally lists in the syllabus, the learning objectives for that specific course. Module objectives are the learning objectives for the individual modules, units, weeks, of the course. Different faculty break up their courses into either modules, weeks, or units. For each of the module/week/unit of your course there should be learning objectives listed there.

If, for example, your course is divided into weeks, then each week needs to have an “Overview” section where you would list the theme for that week and the learning objectives for that week. There are readings, activities, forum questions to participate in, assessments, that you ask your students to go thru on any given week/module/unit of your course. There is a reason why you’re asking them to do these things on specific weeks. So in your mind, by the end of that week/module/unit, after your students have completed what you asked them to do that week, they would have _____________________. And in that line is where you state the learning objective for that week/module/unit. You would write them as, “By the end of this module the student will be able to...”  And you would use either module/unit/ or week, depending on how it is you break up your course. It is good to have at least two learning objectives per week/module/unit of a course.