UPDATE: get a copy of the downloadable and reformatted MBZ file to work on your non-Moodlerooms site here https://s3.amazonaws.com/Moodlenews/QMTemplateMyVersion.mbz.
One of the sessions I attended last week at the Baltimore Moodle Moot was called “Creating a Moodle Template based on Quality Matters Standards” co-presented by Sarah Fornero and Colleen Fleming of the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Earlier that morning we heard a keynote about Quality Matters so the subject was timely.
In short, Quality Matters is an organization that is dedicated to pushing the enveloper for online course quality. They have a rubric and guide to help both instructional designers and faculty to create and manage better courses for students. Read more at https://www.qualitymatters.org/.
The presentation did a great job in speaking to the process and thought that the Adler School puts into its course design so that all courses could meet the QM Standard. It was a session well spent. Thank fully Sarah and Colleen also made their slides available in addition to a QM Course Template (mbz file) and QM Rubric for course design. Check it out online at http://adlerschoolonline.info/MoodleMootPresentations/QMTemplate.html.
The core of the QM program is setting courses up so that students know exactly what to do, when to do it, and have all of the relevant policies and guidelines available to them within the course. The goal is to minimize confusion, proactively provide support and resources and to create more consistent, efficient, and frictionless course experiences.