UNCP Faculty Corner


This is a discussion of Teaching and Learning with Technology.



  1. In December, I completed training and certification as a Quality Matters Reviewer. My hope is that we can begin reviewing online course (on a volunteer basis initially). This should be seen as a way to improve the quality of a course, which we all want.

    I have put in a proposal for the Digital Content Conference here on campus to present an overview of Quality Matters. if this proposal is accepted, it would be a good way for faculty to learn more about Quality Matters.

    Comment by Debbie Thompson — February 12, 2009 @ 8:27 am

  2. The UNC system has subscribed to the “Quality Matters” rubric. I recently participated in a half-day Quality Matters workshop at the Madison Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. I was quite impressed and excited by the potential. Since then it has been difficult to learn more about how UNCP plans to utilize this rubric.

    My thoughts, supported by the workshop leaders, are that the rubric is a starting point for faculty discussion about quality issues associated with online and hybrid courses. Rather than apply in a “one size fits all” mode, each department could discuss the rubric, modify to meet the needs of their discipline, create their own rubric, and agree to begin designing courses consistent with expectations established by the department. Rather than being imposed in a threatening way, the rubric can facilitate a supportive and collaborative discussion of pedagogy.

    How is “Quality Matters” being used at UNCP? Would it be preferable to engage in departmental discussion or would it be better to have a quality assessment process controlled by Distance Education or other centralized administrative unit? Have departments started using this rubric? In what ways? Has the experience been helpful?

    Comment by Ken Mentor — January 13, 2009 @ 9:59 pm

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