Quality Matters in Online Education

Quality online education begins with high standards. That’s why NIU’s award-winning eLearning Services designs our online courses in accordance with the best practices in online instruction.  We will be pinning NIU Online Quality badges to the courses we have reviewed that meet our high standards--the same standards espoused by Quality Matters.

Quality matters, because you matter

Quality MattersNIU subscribes to Quality Matters (QM), an international organization that researches and promotes the highest quality in online learning. At NIU, we are building a peer review process that tests each course against the rigorous Quality Matters rubric to meet the newest standard.  

Our high standards, your success

With support from eLearning Services and Faculty Development, our distinguished faculty bring their experience and expertise into the world of online learning. The instructional designers in eLearning Services are specialists in using technology to support student success. They are skilled in graphic design, video production, learning theory and assessment. The experts in Faculty Development assist faculty in maximizing the technology to provide a supportive learning experience to their students.

A network of support

Learning online doesn’t mean you’re alone. NIU Online supports you every step of the way, from browser tests and samples of an online course to full access to technical and academic support. In addition, through NIU Adult Learners you can join a community of online learners to network and discuss issues important to you.

Awards and Recognition: A Tradition of Excellence

US News World ReportBest Online Graduate Education Programs. U.S. News & World Report has ranked NIU’s College of Education's online graduate programs among the nation's top four for the third year in a row! Read more.

Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design, 2014, in recognition of NIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center’s (FACDEV) innovative and engaging online course design and development that represents the very best in technology and learning. Read more.

SLATE Star Award, 2013 in recognition of Stephanie Richter, Assistant Director of FACDEV, and her outstanding contributions and dedicated service to SLATE – Supporting Learning And Technology in Education. Read more.

Blackboard Teaching and Learning Catalyst Award, 2013 () in recognition of FACDEV’s innovative usage of both Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate platforms as well as a mobile strategy to further instructor efficiency and learner engagement goals. Read more.