Course Quality Program Applications Open for Spring 2021 

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The Course Quality Program at NC State is accepting applications for spring 2021. Submit your application by Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. 

The Course Quality Program has continued to expand and offer faculty multiple pathways toward improving their online or blended courses based on the globally recognized standards of Quality Matters

Application for Teaching Online Certificate Pilot [NEW]

Application for Quality Matters Essential Standards Program 

Application for Online Course Improvement Program


Check out the following opportunities and find which program is right for you. 

*NEW* Call for Pilot Participants – Teaching Online Certificate

  • WHAT: Faculty completes a series of seven online, asynchronous workshops over the course of a year. Completion offers digital credentials and a certificate for faculty. Participation in the Teaching Online Certificate pilot program offers a $2,000 award. 
  • WHO: Faculty who are new to teaching online and/or new to NC State with none to limited experience with online course design and pedagogy.
  • HOW: Submit an application to participate in the pilot program. Faculty must be able to commit the time to complete the workshops and apply them to the design of their online or blended course. 
  • WHY: Faculty will receive digital credentials in the form of a badge upon completion; these credentials can be added to an email signature, instructor block, faculty profile page, etc. to indicate mastery of online teaching concepts. Faculty who enroll in the Teaching Online Certificate program will also receive a $2,000 award, a Certificate of Completion, and notification to their Department Chair and College Dean.

Participants of the pilot will be expected to provide feedback to their peers and DELTA staff to determine the efficacy and appropriateness of the program. 

Please read through the Teaching Online Certificate Information Sheet before submitting an application. 

Application for Teaching Online Certificate Pilot

Quality Matters Essential Standards Program (QMESP)

  • WHAT: Faculty apply the 23 Essential Quality Matters Review Standards to one of their online or blended courses. The course undergoes an internal review by NC State peer reviewers and can earn QM Essential Standards Recognition.
  • WHO: Faculty who currently teach online, have limited experience with online course design and pedagogy, are interested in applying the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric in the design of an online course, and are seeking a course review by NC State faculty peers.
  • HOW: Over the course of 10 weeks (40+ hours) faculty complete an online synchronous orientation, a QM Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop, and three individual progress consultations. Then they use what they have learned to design and improve their course in preparation for an internal course review.
  • WHY: Courses that meet all QM Essential Standards receive a QM Essentials badge that can be displayed in the course as an indication of course quality. Faculty receive a $1,000 award, a Certificate of Completion, and notification to their Department Chair and College Dean. Many faculty go on to apply the QM essential standards to the design of their other online and face-to-face courses.
  • NEXT: Faculty who wish to pursue QM Certification can follow the QM Certification pathway. Faculty who wish to become a course peer reviewer can continue on the Peer Reviewer pathway.

The program model is individually focused and runs from February – May 2021. 

Please read through the QMESP Information Sheet before submitting an application. 

Application for Quality Matters Essential Standards Program 

Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP)

  • WHAT: Faculty apply all 42 Quality Matters Review Standards to one of their online or blended courses. The course undergoes an official QM review and can earn QM Certification.
  • WHO: Faculty who currently teach online, have strong knowledge of online course design and pedagogy, are ready to apply the Quality Matters Higher Education rubric to make improvements to an online course, and are seeking Quality Matters certification.
  • HOW: Over the course of 16 weeks (60+ hours) faculty complete an online asynchronous training, seven face-to-face cohort meetings, seven individual progress consultations, use what they learn to design and improve their course, then undergo an internal course review followed by an official QM review.
  • WHY: Courses that meet QM standards receive a QM Certification badge that can be displayed in the course as an indication of course quality. Faculty receive a $4,000 award, Certificate of Completion, and notification to their college dean and department chair. Many faculty go on to apply the QM standards to the design of their other online and face-to-face courses.
  • NEXT: Faculty may choose to continue on the Peer Reviewer path. 

OCIP is a rigorous professional development program and requires a significant time commitment. The program will run from January – May 2021. NC State now has 27 certified Quality Matters courses that meet the highest standard for online course quality and design. 

Please read through the OCIP Information Sheet before submitting an application. 

Application for Online Course Improvement Program 

Apply by Nov. 13 

The deadline for all applications is the end of business day Nov. 13, 2020.

Email questions to Bethanne Tobey at bwtobey@ncsu.edu

Learn more about the Course Quality Program at NC State.