Category Archives: Quality Matters

QM Implementation Plan Approved

Implementation Plan SealThe QM Implementation Plan submitted by Northland Community and Technical College was approved by the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council in April 2013.

The main beneficiaries of QM are the online students who take a course that was designed to meet QM standards.  A QM Certified course provides the online student with assurance that the course has been planned, developed, and designed with all components to make the learning experience a success.   A list of Northland courses that have received the QM certification seal can be found here.

Northland Community and Technical College is committed to implementing the Quality Matters standards for the design of online and hybrid courses, and we are building and evaluating courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. The Quality Matters standards assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners. More information regarding Quality Matters may be found at


Northland QM Recognized Courses – August 2012

Northland has added a third Quality-Recognized Course! The following course went through a formal Quality Matters review in August and received QM recognition.

Course: MATH0098 Intermediate Algebra
Faculty/ Course Developer: Barb Weber

Northland Now Has Eleven QM-Certified Peer Reviewers

Over the past year, the following faculty have completed training to become Quality Matters Certified Course Peer Reviewers.  Several of these faculty have already had the opportunity to participate as a member of a review team in formal Quality Matters course review processes for other colleges and are looking forward to participation in formal reviews that are being scheduled for institutions within Minnesota.

To be eligible to become a certified Peer Reviewer, one must successfully complete the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop and the Peer Reviewer workshop; the individual must also be a faculty member with recent online teaching experience (within the last 18 months), and must have signed a MOU on file with Quality Matters.

QM Certified Peer Reviewers

Aliza Olson, Certified Peer Reviewer
Dorinda Sorvig, Certified Peer Reviewer
Peggy Rogers, Certified Peer Reviewer
Jennifer Dahlen, Certified Peer Reviewer
Barb Forrest, Certified Peer Reviewer
Cassie Hilts, Certified Peer Reviewer
Sherry Lindquist, Certified Peer Reviewer
Tina Moody, Certified Peer Reviewer
Mary Amundson, Certified Peer Reviewer
Barb Weber, Certified Peer Reviewer
Beth McMahon, Certified Master Reviewer

Any online faculty interested in registering for either the APPQMR or PRC workshops can do so for a reduced cost thanks to a subsidy from Minnesota Online.  Contact me for details.