Clarkson University’s Managerial Epidemiology HC680 receives nationally recognized Quality Matters Certification Mark for meeting course design standards in an Official Quality Matters peer review.
Quality Matters (QM), a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process that certifies the quality of online courses, has recognized Clarkson University’s Jane Oppenlander and Eva Williford’s commitment to quality assurance for designing a course that meets Quality Matters standards. This is Jane Oppenlander’s second course, Eva Williford’s first course and Clarkson’s fifth course to receive the Quality Matters Certification since Clarkson become a QM member institution in 2017. Jane’s other QM Certified course is Advanced Statistics and Data Visualization, HC 602 (certified on June 22, 2018). Prior to undergoing the official QM review, Jane and Eva partnered with Clarkson’s Teaching and Learning Corner to complete an internal Quality Matters review of the course followed by direction and adjustments to the course’s instructional design.
Quality Matters has developed a widely respected set of standards for the design of effective online courses and a rigorous, faculty peer review process for applying these standards to existing courses. Through this process, reviewers provide instructors and instructional design teams with insight and recommendations that increase learner engagement, retention and satisfaction, and, ultimately, learner achievement.
In this five-week course, students are guided through topics in epidemiology (the study of the distribution and determinants of disease) relevant to future healthcare managers. Each student formulates an epidemiological problem and conducts research leading to managerial recommendations to address their chosen problem. The students also examine community health planning and assessment as applied in New York State counties to see how population health goals are developed and assessed.
Dr. Oppenlander shares the following thoughts about her experiences with the QM review process: “A QM review provides an opportunity for an independent review from experts in both the content area and online learning. This generates recommendations that I can use to help deliver my courses more effectively. Peer review is an integral part of scholarship and online teaching should follow the same practices.”
Laura Perry of Clarkson’s Teaching Learning Corner says, “We are thrilled to see Jane and Eva’s course recognized with this achievement. It is a true testament of the commitment to quality Clarkson has in its online learning programs.”
The course is now listed in the QM database of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the nation.
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Clarkson University is now recognized by Quality Matters for the following courses:
HC680 – Managerial Epidemiology, by Jane Oppenlander
EM680 – Decision Analysis & Risk Mgmt, by William MacKinnon
HC602 – Advanced Statistics and Data Visualization, by Jane Oppenlander
HC617 – Healthcare Finance, by Jim Gavin
OM680 – Strategic Project Management, by Michael Bissonette
Clarkson University uses the Quality Matters Rubric as a guideline in all course development and revision. The QM Rubric and process fit perfectly into our mission of providing quality online courses to students.
About Quality Matters
Quality Matters (QM) is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.