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To ensure the highest of quality online course design, teaching, and student engagement in A-State online degree programs, uses the nationally recognized Quality Maters (QM) rubric as a guide to help faculty design online courses.   

The Quality Matters Rubric is research supported and promotes best practice-based quality standards and procedures. It consists of eight general standards that define quality expectations for the basic design of an online or blended course. The general standards cover:

  1. The Course Overview and Introduction
  2. Learning Objectives and Competencies
  3. Assessment and Measurement
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Learner Interaction and Engagement
  6. Course Technology
  7. Learner Support
  8. Accessibility 

Quality Matters Standards