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How Does Quality+ Work?

The Quality+ program has three different paths. Find out which one works best for you!

Quality+ Program Paths

  • Quality+ Certification

Quality+ Certification Digital badge for Quality+ Certification

Quality+ Certification is an official Quality Matters (QM) certification for online courses, which includes validation from at least one external reviewer on the quality of your online course design. You will also receive helpful recommendations from three certified QM Peer Reviewers to help you to improve the course. A course becomes QM Certified once it meets QM Rubric Standards at the 85% threshold or better and meets all of the essential standards.

The illustration below shows a flow chart of the different phases of the Quality+ Certification process. Select the (i) icon hotspots within the illustration to learn more.

A specific ISU online course (AO or OL course type). The course must have been taught at least once online after meeting the expectations of Quality+ Essentials.

An ISU online course that is Quality Matters™ Certified.

  • All professional development costs are covered
  • Dedicated Instructional Designer
  • Digital badge upon completion
  • Stipend upon completion

During Quality+ Certification, you will be expected to:

  • Create an individualized professional development plan

  • Engage in professional development workshops

  • Work with an instructional designer to complete all milestones

  • Complete a Self-Review

  • Receive an Accessibility Check

  • Complete an Official Quality Matters™ Peer Review

You will need to take these two workshops (if not previously completed)

The typical timeline is 4 - 6 months from start to finish. However, you will set the timeline for meeting each of the milestones to work with your specific schedule.

As you take additional courses through Quality+ Certification, your individualized professional development plan will adjust to your specific needs. 

  • 1st Course - $1,000
  • Additional Courses - $500

Stipends are paid upon completion of the final milestone with your regular ISU paycheck and will be impacted by your current withholdings. You can contact the ISU HR Payroll Department to discuss options to maximize your stipend amount.