ELearning Services: Professional Development Update

E-Learning Services is pleased to recognize the faculty and staff members who completed a Quality Matters professional development session during the month of April.  The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop was offered online Monday, March 28 – April 11.  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!

Dr. Anthony Coy, Faculty:  College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Yancy Edwards, Faculty: College of Business

Dr. Amy Fleece, Faculty:  College of Arts and Sciences

Sean Grosso, M.A., Faculty:  College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Patricia Hunsader, Faculty:  College of Education

Kathleen McKitchen, M.S., Faculty:  College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jane Roberts, Faculty:  College of Arts and Sciences

Michael Sprout, M.A., Faculty:  College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Bhuvan Unhelkar, Faculty:  College of Business


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