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March 25, 2015

NDT course from Cowley College meets Quality Matters standards in official peer review


Joe ClasenCowley College Department Chair of Career and Technical Education & Director of Nondestructive Testing Joe Clasen, obtained the Quality Matters Program Certification for Introduction to Nondestructive Testing.

This NDT course, in addition to meeting the highest standards under the national Quality Matters Peer Review process, is the first ever NDT course reviewed and certified by Quality Matters. Cowley College joined Quality Matters in 2010 to assist faculty with developing high-quality online and hybrid courses.

The Quality Matters Peer Review team consisted of experienced online faculty who have attended Quality Matters training and learned how to apply the Quality Matters Rubric. Quality Matters relies on the experience, expertise and common sense of its faculty reviewers to conduct reviews fairly and consistently and to judge whether the course meets the standards of at least 85 percent or above.

The Quality Matters seal is now displayed on Mr. Clasen’s online course, and is also listed on the Quality Matters website.

The Quality Matters review process is designed and implemented by faculty who teach online courses throughout the U.S. It ensures quality and alignment with accreditation standards and best practices in online learning.

Quality Matters is a nationally recognized faculty-centered peer review process designed to highlight the quality of online courses and components. The Quality Matters rubric is the most widely used set of standards for the design of online and hybrid courses at the college level.

At Cowley College, Quality Matters certification is coordinated by the Online Department and all faculty are required to complete the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop training.