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SAU Tech Course Earns Quality Matters Certification

SAU Tech Course Earns QM Certification

November 3, 2020 — Southern Arkansas University Tech's (SAU Tech) Principles of Speech course earned the Quality Matters (QM) Certification Mark following a rigorous review process. The QM Certification Mark is the internationally recognized symbol of online and blended course design quality. It represents SAU Tech's ongoing commitment to creating online learning environments that provide learners with a clear pathway to success.

The certification results from SAU Tech's dedication to continuous improvement, including the innovative work of Traci Rushing, instructor, and SAU Tech's Instructional Designer. The course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses.

"The Quality Matters review provided the opportunity to reflect on the Principles of Speech course and examine it from the learner's perspective," said Traci Rushing. "From accessibility to learner engagement to assessments, the review used internationally-recognized standards and best practices to examine critical course components related to learner experience and ultimately learner success." 

SAU Tech course reviews are conducted by QM-Certified Reviewers using the Quality Matters Rubric and associated standards, which are based on research and best practices. A course earns the QM Certification Mark once it meets QM Rubric Standards at the 85 percent threshold or better and meets all QM's Essential Standards. SAU Tech uses the Quality Matters Rubric as a guideline in all online course development and revision. The QM Rubric and review process perfectly fit the College's mission of providing quality online courses to students.

Quality Matters (QM) is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. The QM Certification Marks on courses or programs designates the online course as meeting QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria.

For more information about SAU Tech's virtual campus and online courses, go to https://www.sautech.edu/online-campus.


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