Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing has achieved âhigh qualityâ certification from Quality Matters for an online course offered in the Nursing Systems Administration sequence.
Quality Matters is an internationally recognized nonprofit group that provides certification for online courses that facilitate learning. Similar to an accreditation process, certification is only granted after a long and detailed review process.
Taught by Associate Professor O. Ed Reitz, Nursing 562: Leadership in Health Care Systems, is the first Illinois State course to receive the Quality Matters designation. The course challenges students to effectively apply leadership models, theories, and concepts in various healthcare settings. The course teaches healthcare organizations as complex adaptive systems. Nursing Systems Administration and Doctor of Nursing Practice students are enrolled in Leadership in Health Care Systems.
“We now have our first online course recognized internationally as being of high quality, thanks to the dedication and support of administration, faculty and staff,” said Linda Summers of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology of the ‘Illinois State, who helped coordinate the faculty-designed and led review process with Quality Matters.
Reitz completed several professional development programs prior to this submission, which included Design, Align, Refine, Teach Online (DART); Apply the Quality Matters section (APPQMR); Peer Reviewer Certification (PRC); and Apply, Improve, Meet (AIM).
âI am delighted that this course has been QM certified as being of high quality, and I am proud of all the hard work that Dr. Reitz and CTLT have done with this submission,â said Judy Neubrander, Dean of MCN. âWe want to continue to provide the highest quality of education to our students and plan to submit additional online courses for Quality Matter’s approval in the future. “