Teaching with Technology

Quality Matters Rubric

Quality Matters Rubric (QM Rubric, in brief) is a set of standards developed by MarylandOnline based on their plethora of studies in online and blended learning and teaching. It reflects the most current best practice of online/blended learning. We use the Rubric to design, develop, and assess the institutes of online/blended course development that train JMU faculty to develop quality online/blended courses.

Best Practices for Online Teaching

Innovation Services’ Model for Course Design and Redesign

Based on three instructional design models (ADDIE, ASSURE and Kemp), our approach to course design is customized based on the course objectives,  faculty teaching needs and student learning needs. Our institute and course design models are evidence based from research/literature, faculty development assessment and feedback from past participants support our successful approach to course redesign. Our models for faculty development and course design are sustainable and provide ongoing support to faculty. Ongoing support includes consultation and content production. Click the thumbnail of the model below to see a larger image.

Recommended Readings about Online & Blended Learning

  • Babson Survey Research Group. (2014). Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States. Retrieved from
  • Garrison, D. R., & Vaughan, N. D., (2008). Blended learning in higher educations: Framework, principles, and guidelines. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Ko, S. & Rossen, S. (2010). Teaching online: A practical guide (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • Lehman, R. M., & Conceicao, C.O. (2010). Creating a sense of presence in online teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey–Bass.
  • Means, B., Toyama, Y., Murphy, R., & Baki, M. (2013). The effectiveness of online and blended learning: A meta-analysis of the empirical literature. Teachers College Record, 115(3), 1-47.
  • McGee, P., & Reis, A. (2012). Blended course design: A synthesis of best practices. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 16(4), 7-22.
  • Oosterhof, A., Conrad, R., & Ely, D.P. (2008). Assessing learners online. New Jersey: Pearson.
  • Shea, V. (1997). Netiquette. Retrieved from
  • Swan, K. (2004). Relationships between interactions and learning in online environments. Retrieved from
  • Wilson, K. & Korn, J. H. (2007). Attention during lectures: Beyond ten minutes. Teaching of Psychology, 34(2), 85-89. doi: 10.1080/00986280701291291


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