For several years, the widespread accountability movement in education has gradually been making its way to the online environment. In order to meet these new expectations, the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) has collaborated with Towson faculty to develop the TU Gold Review Process, a comprehensive course review and instructional design support system based on the Quality Matters (QM) Standards. The TU Gold Review Process provides recognition of Towson’s exceptional online courses as well as ongoing support for courses in need.
The TU Gold Review Process is not intended to be used as a faculty evaluation tool. Rather, the process is used to examine the design of the course itself while simultaneously supporting faculty, program directors, and department chairs to ensure that all online courses meet learner and programmatic needs, provide engaging learning experiences, and are accessible to all students.
Based on feedback from faculty focus groups, the TU Gold Review Process has been designed to enable faculty-centered, collaborative peer-reviews of courses that use a TU-customized version of the QM Rubric. A team of QM-certified reviewers (two faculty members and an instructional designer) review each course and provide helpful feedback geared to benefit the most important people impacted by the Gold Review Process—your students.
The TU Gold Review Process closely matches that of a standard QM review, proceeding through each of the same phases . Review teams compare snapshots of courses using the TU Gold Review Rubric. Each course is initially deemed as either having “Met Standards” or “Standards Not Yet Met.” Helpful recommendations for improvement are provided, regardless of the result. In cases where “standards are not yet met” and improvement is necessary, OAI provides assistance for making the necessary modifications until the course meets the standards.
Course Submitters are encouraged to use the Gold Review Rubric to review their course in advance as a means of preparing for the actual Gold Review.
OAI hosts official QM “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” (APPQMR) workshops. APPQMR is QM’s flagship workshop about the QM Rubric and the process of using the rubric to review online courses. The workshops are intended not only for faculty but also administrators, course designers, and adjunct faculty who desire more knowledge and understanding of the QM Rubric and Review Process. The APPQMR workshop includes an official QM Certificate of Completion and is the prerequisite course for the QM Peer Reviewer Certification course.
Please visit the OAI Event Registration to view the workshop schedule and reserve your seat while it is still available.
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