Quality Efforts

Quality Matters
An internationally recognized, research-based, peer-reviewed framework for quality assurance in online course design.
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Faculty Development
Hands on learning opportunities for faculty to foster quality pedagogical practices, innovations, and techniques in order to develop and deliver high-quality instruction and engaged learner experiences. See Events Link for coming sessions. University of Alaska...
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Instructional Design
The art of systematically creating instructional materials and learning frameworks that engage learners and make the acquisition of knowledge effective and efficient. Favorite resources Inclusive Teaching Resources & Strategies (U.Michigan CRLT) The Research Basis for...
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Alaska Quality Initiative - The Why

The University of Alaska inspires learning, and advances and disseminates knowledge through teaching, research, and public service, emphasizing the North and its diverse peoples.
Stabilizing College Funding Through Development of a Centralized, Robust Online Learning Environment: The grant's main objective was to improve student retention and performance through the development of robust online courses, support for online students, and an administrative framework for distance education at UAA. Highlights:  (October 2015 through September 2020) Faculty teams developed 26 online master courses (GERs) Created a new faculty media development studio (Innovative Design Studio) Improved faculty professional development and awarded 62 online teaching certificates Developed...
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Quality teaching and learning–online, offline and hybrid–is fundamental to the mission of UAF's central eCampus organization and is supported by multiple, integrated operational units and faculty development initiatives including iTeach hands-on intensive clinics, the iTeachU self-help site, the #facdev faculty development events, the  EPIC: Expanding Pedagogies & Innovative Courses series, the CITE (Chancellor's Innovation in Technology & E-Learning) Fellows program and more. For more, go to the UAF Instructional Design site: iTeachU or contact one of our team members...
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University of Alaska Southeast is comprised of three campuses - Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka. The smallest of the three major University of Alaska universities, it is known for small class sizes, academic excellence, personalized attention, comprehensive student support, and a high level of student satisfaction. The mission of the University of Alaska Southeast is student learning enhanced by faculty scholarship, undergraduate research and creative activities, community engagement, and the cultures and environment of Southeast Alaska. UAS Center for...
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Working Together

Professional Development

  • Participating as a peer reviewer IS professional development 
    • UA Peer Reviewers: 7 master reviewers and 14 peer reviewers 
    • Reviewers act as a Subject Matter Expert or External Reviewer on an official course review from another institution
  • Reviewers learn so much as they review a course from the learner’s perspective:
    • they learn how courses are designed and what teaching techniques and instructional technology is being leveraged in other programs and other universities
    • they get to work with a review team from different institutions
    • they become aware of creative ways to teach (instructional choices and taking chances based on student/course needs) while still following the standards

Performing QM Reviews

Cindy Trussell – a short clip about Peer Reviewing

Inclusive Teaching Practices

“Accessibility has been an important part of the QM Rubric since the inception of Quality Matters through a FIPSE grant in 2003-2006. It is addressed in the QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition, General Standard 8: Accessibility and Usability, and QM provides professional development and resources to help individuals and institutions create accessible courses. “ QM Digital Accessibility White Papers

Joint Effort

Quality Matters Certified Courses

Your Involvement

QM is a well-known standard of quality both around the country and around the world (solid reputation, conferences and resources). UA has established name recognition for Quality Matters over the years.

  • Quality Matters Training
  • Raising Accessibility Awareness
  • iTeach Online

571 individuals from UA have QM accounts: individuals need an account to start a self-review or participate in a workshop or webinar.
Be a Peer Reviewers, Facilitator, or Master Peer Reviewer (Quality Matters)
Learn more about Program Certification through Quality Matters.


Rob Carrillo, QM System Lead
UAA Academic Innovations & eLearning
University of Alaska Anchorage
907-786-1725 office
907-885-7738 mobile