Electronic Theses and Dissertations


Thesis (UNI Access Only)


Blended learning; Web-based instruction--Design; Computer-assisted instruction--Design; Computers and college students;


Quality Matters (QM) is a program that provides a rubric for designing online or blended courses based on standards intended to improve the design of online courses. Courses designed according to this rubric are reviewed to ensure their qualification. The present research investigates whether students are actually experiencing the intended outcomes of QM in courses designed by following the QM Rubric. The research question driving this study is: “Are students experiencing the outcomes intended by the Quality Matters Standards?” One hundred students enrolled in 15 qualified online courses were selected randomly to complete a survey of 21 Likert scale statements; each aligned with the 21 QM Rubric essential standards in order to show how well the QM Rubric outcomes have been met. Results of this study indicate that the majority of the students experienced the QM intended outcomes of those 21 essential standards. This work provides a foundation for future studies of the achievement of intended outcomes for courses designed according to the QM Rubric.

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Leigh Zeitz

Date Original


Object Description

1 PDF file (vii, 31 pages)



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