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Quality Matters (QM) is an organization dedicated to improving online course quality. The Quality Matters higher education rubric is used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. Xavier has adopted the Quality Matters higher education rubric as the standards faculty should adhere to for their online and hybrid courses.
Our goal with this resource is to help faculty develop or improve their online and hybrid courses. Resources on this site are intended to assist faculty by showing them ways to setup/organize their Blackboard course to meet each QM standard. Click on the link for each standard to get more information about that standard.
QM Standard 1 – Course Overview and Introduction
QM Standard 2 – Learning Objectives
QM Standard 3 – Assessment and Measurement
QM Standard 4 – Instructional Materials
QM Standard 5 – Course Activities and Learner Interaction
QM Standard 6 – Course Technology
QM Standard 7 – Learner Support
QM Standard 8 – Accessibility and Usability



Information and resources that you may find helpful as you develop your online/hybrid courses can be found here:


Past CAT FooD blog posts related to online teaching:


General resources related to online teaching:


Blackboard help and support:


Xavier faculty can find support for online/hybrid teaching from the following departments:


Lastly, this Online Teaching resource is an outgrowth of our Faculty Communities of Teaching Scholars (FaCTS) initiative for AY 2013 - 2014 where the theme was “Engaging Students in Online Courses.” We’ve compiled some tips, words of wisdom, and things I wish I knew when teaching my first online class from some of the 2013 - 2014 cohort.

Dr. Krista Mincey, Assistant Professor Public Health Sciences, on setting up discussion boards to make grading easier:





Dr. Mark Gstohl, Associate Professor Theology, on making better videos for online teaching:





Dr. Cary Caro, Assistant Professor Division of Business, on the importance of a start here page and checklists:





Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer, Director Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development and Psychology Professor, gives advice on scheduling due dates and a word of caution about automatic captioning:









This Online Teaching Resource was developed byCenter for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty DevelopmentXavier University of LouisianaContact CAT+FD