The SLN Quality Matters Initiative
SLN has partnered with Quality Matters to provide a rubric and process for the continuous improvement of online courses, as well as the professional development of experienced online faculty. As a benefit of membership in SLN Education Services, this initiative is a cost effective program that facilitates a course review process which utilizes the QM rubric and tools. For professors and instructors, the SLNQM Initiative provides a collegial forum for productive collaboration with peers in the SUNY system. SLN provides training, coordinates the Peer Review process, and recognizes faculty for their participation and efforts.
Training – Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
SLN provides training in Applying the Quality Matters Rubric. Upon completion of this workshop, faculty are able to:
· Understand the Quality Matters (QM) process and underlying principles;
· Describe the eight standards of the QM Rubric;
· Understand the course review process
· Explain the QM scoring system;
· Write useful recommendations for course improvement.
Facilitation – The Course Review Process
Faculty who wish to continue then register to become peer reviewers for the course review process. SLN coordinates the course reviews by providing access to the online QM Rubric for review teams and assigning courses to those teams. Faculty who wish to have a course reviewed coordinate that request with campus-based Instructional Designers, who then submit courses to be reviewed. SLN then prepares a review team for each course.
SLN sends letters of recognition to faculty who complete a course review, as well as to faculty who have their courses reviewed. These letters can be forwarded to campus administrators and/or department chairs (designated by the faculty member) and included in their professional portfolios. For courses that succeed in meeting all the necessary standard, permission to use a “stamp” of distinction for that course is granted to the campus responsible for the course.