Using The Quality Matters Rubric to Improve Your Online Course

May/October 2010

Using The Quality Matters Rubric to Improve Your Online Course - ABSTRACT

Learn more about upcoming workshops and register online at This Practitioner Document is one of a series of documents produced by The Sloan Consortium based upon key insights from our workshops. Participants of these workshops discuss and share tips and techniques that work for them, plus experiences and issues based on the topic of each workshop. As a member of Sloan-C, you can benefit from this shared knowledge and learn from your colleagues who are faced with the same challenges for moving into online learning -- effectively prepared.


  • Identify strategies to improve course(s) 
  • Learn how to use the rubric tool developed by the natioanally recognized and FIPSE-funded Quality Matters (QM) Project
  • Affirm strong areas in course(s) and generate specific ideas for improvement in other areas 



  • Course "Quality" Development 
  • Content Course Objectives
  • Best Practices



Ron Legon is the Executive Director of The Quality Matters Program and Provost Emeritus of the University of Baltimore (UB), where he served as Provost from 1992 to 2003. He also served as Director of the MBNA e-Learning Center at UB, which launched the first AACSB fully accredited online MBA program in 1998, and was the Director of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program. Over the past 40 years, Dr. Legon has taught history and humanities at Brooklyn College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago and, most recently, at UB where he teaches online, hybrid and face-to-face courses. He has published widely in the field of Greek History and in recent years, on the subject of online education. Dr. Legon makes frequent presentations regarding the Quality Matters Rubric, process and the accumulating research findings regarding the impact of QM. In recent months, he has presented at Valencia Community College.



“I liked hearing from other online educators and it was good to compare notes and ask questions. I especially liked the discussions which gave me new ideas.” July 2008 Workshop Participant