Ensuring Quality

Quality matters in online education

IU is committed to adhering to the highest possible standards in online education—just as we do on our physical campuses.

That means ensuring that every course we offer provides value to our students. It means delivering content and assessment in ways that fit the medium and enhance student learning. And it means providing our faculty with measurement tools that help them assess and fine tune their online classes.

IU Online Course Quality Checklist

The IU Online Course Quality Checklist outlines the essential elements an online instructor should check before opening online courses to students. The checklist is divided into four aspects of course design:

  1. Course Orientation and Policies
  2. Organization
  3. Alignment
  4. Universal Design for Learning and Interaction

In these sections, instructors are prompted to check if they have included select features in their online course that add up to provide a quality learning environment to our online students.

This checklist is not comprehensive. It is a starting point for discussion regarding quality assurance between you and your campus Center for Teaching and Learning. We encourage you to use this document for a self-review of your online course and hope that it will be a stepping-stone as you consider taking your online course through the QM-certification process.

IU QM Syllabus Template

This syllabus template is customizable but intended to help faculty meet 10 QM standards (1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.6). We invite faculty to edit the content to fit their courses. You can download a Word document version of the IU QM Syllabus Template or you can find it in Canvas Commons by searching for "IU QM Syllabus Template". Using Canvas Commons will allow you to import the syllabus directly into your courses and copy the information to your Syllabus page.

Harnessing the power of the Quality Matters Rubric

We have chosen the Quality Matters Rubric to help ensure we meet our goals.

Quality Matters is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered quality assurance process for online and blended courses. Its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning enables us to create and deliver online courses that Indiana University can be proud to offer. 

How Quality Matters can help you

The Quality Matters tools can help you through every stage of the course planning, design, delivery, and evaluation process.

You can take advantage of a wide range of tools, including:

  • Rubrics for applying quality standards to course design
  • Professional development workshops and certification courses for instructors and online learning professionals
  • Faculty-centered, continuous improvement models for assuring the quality of online courses through peer review