Ensuring Online Course Quality

Guidelines for Online Teaching and Design

The Guidelines for Online Teaching and Design is a resource that assists members of the University community (e.g., faculty, instructors, administrators, instructional designers) in supporting student learning in online courses and programs. The Guidelines cover a range of topics and resources critical to providing an effective learner-centered online experience. Following effective practices for designing and teaching online courses can help ensure quality in online courses. Learning Design and Online Teaching Effective Practices offers a quick overview and “checklist” of practices to consider as you begin teaching and facilitating online learning present a framework of the skills needed to support a learner-centered experience in today’s digital learning environment. 

Quality Matters

Quality Matters is a recognized leader in quality assurance for online education. University of Minnesota faculty and staff have access to free webinars and other reduced cost professional development resources on QM's secure website, MyQM.

The QM Higher Education Rubric (Sixth Edition) consists of 8 General Standards and 42 Specific Review Standards that describe effective practices used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. This is a commonly used resource by designers and instructors of online courses.

Accessing Quality Matters Resources

To access QM resources users must first set up a personal account on QM's secure website, MyQM. All fee-based Quality Matters resources must be paid for by department or unit at the time they are ordered.