Early last month an online course taught by Dr. Frank Lin received the Quality Matters certification, recognizing the course for its excellence.
IST 609 Information and Systems Technology Management is the second online course taught by Dr. Lin to receive such a certification.
A professor for the College of Business and Public Administration, Dr. Lin, currently teaches nine courses ranging from Global Business Strategy to Research Methodologies in Information Systems.
“The QM standards not only help ensure the quality of online teaching, but also any class,” said Dr. Lin.
Developing an online course takes between three and six months. Online courses are not designed to meet the Quality Matters criteria initially.
“Once the course has been taught, the instructor in collaboration with an instructional designer evaluate the course and decide on what modifications are needed should the campus submit the course for QM certification”, said Dr. Mihaela Popescu, who is the Quality Assurance Coordinator for CSUSB.
Centered around peer review, the Quality Matters certification signifies a course that has met eight separate standards, and has been reviewed by three faculty members who are usually independent of CSUSB . Reviewers take between four and six weeks to assess the course and provide feedback.
Although the Quality Matters certification denotes a well-designed and thoroughly examined course, Dr. Popescu underlines the fact that such a certification is not a requirement for a high quality online course.
“I want to be clear that the QM certification is not the only path to producing a good online course”, said Dr. Popescu.