The SUNY Learning Network established a state-wide subscription for Quality Matters (qualitymatters.org) that took effective in August 2008.
If a campus purchased SLN Membership and Education/Faculty Development services QM was delivered at no cost (campuses must sign a participating institution agreement).
SLN plans to adapt and use the QM rubric as part of their professional development for the Mulimedia Instructional Designers. They're going to use QM to conduct course reviews and will integrate it into our faculty development model.
Since Delhi isn't currently purchasing services from SLN, the options are to a) subscribe directly through QM ($1500-2000) or b) to purchase SLN services ($6200) and become an affiliate institution ($1000). Option A has been chosen and a basic subscription to QM for one year obtained (January 2010).
Example of a Peer Review process at another SUNY Campus:
Informal QM Modified Exemplar Model - Denise Burbey from Jamestown Community College created and runs a successful QM modified, informal, and volunteer peer review quality program. Faculty volunteer their courses to be reviewed (normally over the summer) by peer reviewers. Those reviewers have been trained to review courses based on the rubric devised at JCC. The rubric is a modified QM version. Faculty become peer reviewers on a volunteer basis but get paid 150.00 for each peer review. Each course has two peer reviewers. Denise says their process focuses heavily on the QM alignment to course and learning module objectives.
Middle States Acceptance - The non formal quality review is accepted by Middle States and looked at favorably for having a peer reviewed quality control process.
The peer reviewer's talk with each other, with the instructor, the instructor makes edits, or works with their campus ID to make revisions or edits, and it is completely up to the instructor as to whether the results of the review are shared with the Academic Dean.
Denise says she usually has more courses being volunteered for review by online teaching faculty than can be reviewed.
Campus Promotion to get volunteers for the Quality Review Process
- Must be campus wide program lead or encouraged by Academic Affairs and the Dean
- Pay a small stipend for the review
- Academic Dean to put emphasis on college service for reviewing online courses
- Promote the sharing of the Quality Review results with the Academic Dean for tenure and promotion.