INDIANA ONLINE’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS COURSE RECEIVES QUALITY MATTERS CERTIFICATION FOR COURSE DESIGN QUALITY 

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Indiana Online’s Health and Wellness Course earned the Quality Matters (QM) Certification Mark following a rigorous review process. The QM Certification Mark is the internationally recognized symbol of online and blended course design quality and represents Indiana Online’s ongoing commitment to creating learning environments that provide learners with a clear pathway to success.

The certification is the result of Indiana Online’s dedication to continuous improvement, including the innovative work of their instructional designers and staff involved with the Health and Wellness course. The course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses.

“The Quality Matters Official Review provided the opportunity to validate all the hard work Indiana Online has done to provide a rigorous and highly engaging course for students,” said Laura Garmire, Indiana Online Instructional Design and Curriculum Manager. “From accessibility to learner engagement to assessments, the review used internationally-recognized Standards and best practices to examine critical course components related to the learner experience and ultimately learner success.”  

The QM Official Review provided independent validation of the quality, learner-focused course design found in Health and Wellness. Reviews are conducted by QM-Certified Reviewers and use the Quality Matters Rubric and associated Standards, which are based on research and best practices. A course earns the QM Certification Mark once it meets QM Rubric Standards at the 85% threshold or better and meets all Essential Standards.I am so proud of our Instructional Design Team under Laura Garmire’s leadership to take this step with our courses and go through a formal review. We are committed to providing high quality, rigorous courses to our students. Earning this certification on one of our top enrolled courses continues to elevate our program,” said Kim Hendrick, Indiana Online Executive Director. “We plan to have additional courses reviewed in the future.”

Media Contact

Kim Hendrick, 317-759-5544, khendrick@indianaonline.org

About Indiana Online

Indiana Online uses the Quality Matters Rubric as a guideline and to conduct internal reviews in all course development and revision. These reviews are conducted by two members of the Instructional Design team who are Peer and Master Reviewers for Quality Matters. The QM Rubric and process fit perfectly into our mission of providing quality online courses to students.

Supported by the Central Indiana Educational Service Center (CIESC), Indiana Online is the largest non-profit online supplemental course provider in the state of Indiana. In partnership with over 300 schools statewide, Indiana Online offers a wide variety of full-time, year-round, and summer courses.

The majority of Indiana Online’s courses are developed by, and all are taught by Indiana-licensed teachers, each teaching within their content area of expertise. Each course is designed to meet the Indiana State Standards. Applicable courses are approved by the NCAA. Our Advanced Placement courses have also been approved by the College Board. In addition, Indiana Online offers a variety of solutions for schools, including supplemental courses, (for students to take something not offered in their school or for scheduling conflicts) FlexED (for teacher shortages and expanding course offerings), Academy (a full-time virtual solution for partnering Indiana school districts), and Summer School (offering a variety of courses), tutoring, and EdReady Indiana Pathway to Algebra.

About Quality Matters

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Grounded in research. Driven by best practices. A community that puts learners first. 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.

Authors

  • Kim Hendrick

    Kim Hendrick is the Executive Director of Indiana Online at Central Indiana Educational Service Center, one of the largest supplemental online high school programs in Indiana. She has more than 29 years of professional experience and plays an important role in the definition of Indiana Online’s direction and charting the course towards strategic objectives through the effective management of key resources and innovation initiatives. She serves on two committees for the national Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) and the SETDA Professional Development Committee. She also served on the Indiana Connected Educator’s Board and the IDOE's Indiana eLearning Leadership Cadre.

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  • Laura Garmire

    Laura is the Instructional Design and Curriculum Manager at Indiana Online at Central Indiana Educational Service Center, one of the largest supplemental online programs in Indiana. She has more than 20 years as a classroom teacher and more than eight years as an Instructional Designer. She is a peer reviewer for Quality Matters and a former chair for the national Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA).

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