Open Learning and Educational Support, in collaboration with the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, has achieved the Quality Matters (QM) Certification Mark for the online degree-credit course EDRD*4010DE – Tourism Planning in the Less Developed World. Submitted to QM for review in August of 2016, the online course successfully met the QM Review Standards making it eligible to carry the QM Certification Mark.
“This is a significant accomplishment for OpenEd and the University of Guelph,” says Michelle Fach, Director, Open Learning and Educational Support. “Quality Matters evaluates the quality of the learning experience from an instructional design perspective. Achieving a Quality Matters Certification Mark validates the approaches that we take in all aspects of course design. I’m truly thankful for the expertise of our staff and for their commitment to quality.”
Quality Matters is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its scalable, peer-based approach. Designed to promote student learning, QM is integral to continuous quality improvement. The rubric used in the quality review is based on national standards of best practice, research findings, and instructional design principles. QM focuses on the design of the course rather than delivery or course content. In order to meet QM Review Standards, a course is reviewed against 43 standards, including 21 essential standards.
The University of Guelph was the first Canadian institution to join Quality Matters (2009), and is now the first Canadian university with a course that has been reviewed by QM and carries the QM Certification Mark.