Kennesaw State University relies on an internal faculty peer-review process to implement Quality Matters (QM) standards in online courses. The KSU/QM review process and QM rubric are built around 4 central themes:
Online course submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Upon receipt of the completed Course Worksheet reviewers will be assigned to the course. Upon the successful completion of the review process, a course can be opened for registration. The deadlines below are for faculty developers that partner with instructional designers and submit their courses for informal pre-review and feedback prior to formal submission. The deadlines provided do not allow adequate time for a course that is not fully developed. Courses planned for future semesters that do not need to meet the early registration deadline can be submitted at any time for any upcoming semester. If a course does not successfully complete the review process prior to the start of registration, the course will be placed on a registration hold pending updates, re-submission and certification.
All online classes must successfully complete the internal peer review process as a part of the KSU Online Course Quality Initiative.
In support of the KSU Online Course Quality Initiative, KSU has partnered with
To Get Started developing an online course, follow steps 1-4.
Complete the Distance Learning Course and Review Request Form found at the following link:
The Distance Learning Center will enter your course into the QM Course Review Management System (CRMS). Once entered, the Course Worksheet will be sent via email from “technology”
Build your Course in Desire2Learn or an Alternate Course Management System.
Use the QM Rubric Workbook (available via QM CRMS) and the Course Worksheet as a guide while building the course. A copy of the QM Rubric Standards is available at
Contact the Distance Learning Center if you would like to work with an Instructional Designer during the course building phase. A description of services can be found at:
You may also call (470) 578-7550 or email
Complete a self-assessment of your course using the QM Rubric or contact the Distance Learning Center for an instructional design review of your course prior to submission.
Visit the QM web site to complete the Course Worksheet: The worksheet will be made available to you via email from QM shortly after completing the course request form.
You may track the status of your review through the
The online course review process at Kennesaw State University is an internal institutional review conducted by a team of certified faculty peer reviewers utilizing the Quality Matters Course Review Management System. Reviewers are faculty members with experience designing and delivering distance education courses.
A review team consists of a review chair and two additional peer reviewers. It is the goal of the Distance Learning Center to make the review process a positive one, while maintaining the high quality of online course design and delivery at KSU. The underlying principles of QM are centered on 4 central themes:
1. Continuous Improvement -- all courses will eventually meet standards
2. Centered -- on research, student learning and quality
3. Collegial -- faculty driven and diagnostic
4. Collaborative -- flexible and not prescriptive
For more information about the peer review process, or to learn how to become a peer reviewer, please contact the DLC at (470) 578-7550 or
Once the Course Worksheet has been completed and the course has been submitted for review:
KSU Peer Reviewer certification is available for faculty members who would like to participate in the KSU/QM Peer Review Process for online courses. Certification courses based on Quality Matters principles are now available on campus.
Pre-Requisite - full-time faculty status, KSU online teacher certification, online teaching experience, have a course go through review using the Quality Matters rubric, and completion of this workshop.
This certification is delivered as a three-week hybrid course and includes a review of the QM program and its guiding principles. In the workshop, participants will examine the KSU review process, delve deeper into the general standards, practice writing feedback and review a sample course. Individuals who complete this workshop will be eligible to serve as peer reviewers on KSU online course reviews.
CETL offers KSU/QM Peer Reviewer workshops on a regular basis. To explore the schedule for future workshops, CLICK HERE.