E-Learning Blog: Professional Development Update

E-Learning Services is pleased to recognize the faculty and staff members who completed QM certifications during the month of October.  The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop was held at the USF campus in St. Petersburg on Friday, October 16.  Participants in the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) gained information and practical skills in using the QM Rubric to review online courses. Congratulations to the following individuals for successful completion of this workshop!

Jonilda Bahja, M.S., Information Technology Faculty

Sarah Gentry, Information Technology Support Specialist: Campus Computing

Dr. Sarah Hegyi, Communication Sciences and Disorders Faculty

Dr. Nicholas Mastracchio, Accounting Faculty

Dr. Lila Rajabion, Information Technology Faculty

Aaron Reecher M.A., Academic Program Specialist: Graduate Admissions

Heidi Schroeder M.S., Instructional Designer: E-Learning Services

Dr. Su Senapati, Learning Support Services Coordinator & English Faculty


Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. The QM process reviews course design using the following eight standards: Course Overview and Introduction, Learning Objectives, Assessment and Measurement, Instructional materials, Learner Interaction and Engagement, Course Technology, Learner Support, and Accessibility.

USF Sarasota-Manatee is a QM subscriber and we encourage all faculty instructing online or blended courses to participate in this prestigious peer review process. Certified courses receive national recognition in an online database for distance education.  Our Instructional Design team in E-Learning Services is available to work with faculty in preparation for QM Peer Review.  Contact us to learn how to get started! elearning@sar.usf.edu