FIU Online engaged in research to highlight the benefits to both students and faculty when taking and teaching an online course that has received the Quality Matters certification. FIU Online leveraged the data available via the Blackboard Lean learning management system to gain this understanding.
With this research, we sought to understand if there were differences in the student learning experience with courses that had received QM certification versus those that had not received QM certification.
The courses used in this research were fully online courses taught at Florida International University in the Spring 2016 semester. Florida International University (FIU) is an American metropolitan public research university located in Miami, Florida, United States. FIU Online is the centralized distance-learning department for Florida International University. Quality MattersTM (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components.
As of the date of this report, FIU has the second highest number of QM certified courses in the nation.