UIS subscribes to Quality Matters (QM) and has adopted a customized version of the research-based QM rubric for course quality assurance. COLRS staff who review courses are trained Quality Matters reviewers.
Individual faculty or entire programs may request to have their courses reviewed.
Creating Your UIS Quality Matters Account
By creating a Quality Matters Account, UIS faculty and staff gain access to the course self-review system and the full QM rubric with annotations. This view of the rubric provides specific information on each standard and how to meet it. Through your QM account, you can also search and view all the research that supports each QM standard.
Please email COLRS to request your QM account.
Additional Quality Assurance Resources
There are other excellent QA resources available. They emphasize different aspects of online courses. For instance, the ION and Chico state rubrics focus on development of courses and instructional practices/design. The SUNY tool addresses the regular and substantive interaction requirements from the US Department of Education.
- Illinois Online Network's Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Rubric
- SUNY's Online Course Quality Review (OSCQR) Rubric
- Chico State Exemplary Online Instruction Rubric
UIS Peer Reviewed Courses
|Department||Course Number||Course Format||Instructor||Date Reviewed|
|PSY||353||Online||Bolivar, Hypatia||December 15, 2022|
|ENG||360||Online||Webb, Sarah||March 4, 2021|
|ENG||365||Online||Helton, Tena||February 18, 2021|
|TEP||315||Online||Martin, Jennifer||February 4, 2020|
UIS Faculty & Staff with Professional Certificates in Online Learning
Master Online Teacher Certificate
The following faculty and staff members at UIS have earned the Master Online Teacher Certificate through the Illinois Online Network.
- Apiwan Born - 2002
- James Hall - 2002
- Carol Jessup - 2002
- Mary Elizabeth Smith - 2003
- David Larson - 2005
- Mohammed Shahidullah - 2005
- Ewa Bogusz-Boltuc - 2006
- John Snyder - 2006
- Ryan Williams - 2006
- Laurel Newman - 2007
- Vickie Cook - 2007
- Susan Gundy - 2008
- Rebekah Grosboll - 2008
- Mae Noll - 2008
- Beverly Bunch - 2010
- Patricia Byrnes - 2010
- Yifeng Zhang - 2010
- Donna Rogers Skowronski - 2011
- Jesus Canelon - 2011
- Brenda Gregory - 2013
- Evelyn Ivy - 2015
- Emily Boles - 2015
- François Giraud-Carrier - 2016
- Neetu Singh - 2019
Digital Accessibility for Educators
from the Illinois Online Network
- Carrie Levin - 2021
Certified Online Learning Administrator
The following faculty and staff members at UIS have earned the Certified Online Learning Administrator through the Illinois Online Network.
- Michele Gribbins - 2014
- Laurel Newman - 2015
Professional Certificate in Online Education
from the University of Wisconsin School of Continuing Studies
- Carrie Levin - 2015
Quality Matters Certification
The following UIS faculty and staff have completed Quality Matters applying the rubric and/or peer review training.
- Emily Boles
- Michele Gribbins
- Carol Jessup
- Carrie Levin
- Laurel Newman
- Carolee Rigsbee
- Donna Rogers
- Sudeep Sharma
- Denise Sommers