About MOQI

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Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI)

The Minnesota Online Quality Initiative was formed

  • To provide cost-effective opportunities for faculty from the Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State and University of Minnesota to participate in Quality Matters workshops and courses.  The primary focus is on building a cadre of trained faculty who understand the Quality Matters Rubric and Process and who are eligible to serve as certified course peer reviewers.
  • To provide an organized, cost-effective system-wide approach for Peer Review of online or blended courses that leads to Quality Matters recognition.  The primary focus of the MOQI-managed Peer Review process is to integrate Quality Matters Course Peer Review standards while striving to engage faculty from across the state in a collaborative process that builds expertise and knowledge about best practices in online and blended course design to the broadest extent possible.

There are thirty-five affiliate subscribers listed under the Minnesota Quality Matters statewide subscription.   Affiliate institutions include most of the Minnesota State institutions as well as all of the University of Minnesota campuses.   Complete list of affiliate institutions

MOQI General Goals:

For Learners:  Improvement in the design of online and blended courses which can reduce barriers to learning online and result in improved student learning, retention and satisfaction.

For Institutions:  Increased number of faculty trained to apply QM standards to their online and blended courses; increased number of faculty trained and certified as peer reviewers; increased number of courses certified as having met high standards of quality course design; increased number of institutions having 3-5 year implementation plans; increased access to accessible, coordinated professional development, course development support, and peer reviews.

For the Minnesota State System Office:  Development of a QM-approved, statewide implementation plan which is nationally recognized and demonstrates statewide commitment to high quality online education in Minnesota public higher ed; assistance in building statewide access to sustained, continuous training, course development support and peer course reviews that result in national recognition as high quality online courses.

Coordination and Financial Oversight

Since July 1, 2015, coordination of MOQI activities is being managed by Northland Community and Technical College and Winona State University. Financial oversight of MOQI is provided by Northland Community & Technical College.  The Minnesota State System Office provides funding to this institution as well as to Winona State University for co-coordinator activities and implementation efforts in Minnesota. Additionally, to demonstrate support for all affiliate institutions to participate in the initiative, Minnesota State underwrites a portion of the training and course review expenses.

Through this arrangement, MOQI is able to provide cost-effective opportunities for faculty from the Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State to participate in Quality Matters workshops and courses and to provide an organized, cost-effective system-wide approach for online course Peer Reviews that leads to Quality Matters recognition.

MOQI was formed in March of 2012, when Minnesota State University, Mankato and Northland Community and Technical College were designated as the co-coordinating institutions leading Quality Matters implementation efforts in the state.  (3-19-12 Memo on QM System Level Designations)