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Am I able to make changes to my course after it has been (HQ + QM) certified?


Yes, changes are able to be made. However, keep in mind that depending on what types of changes are made, a course may need to be recertified.

The 20% Rule

HQ + QM certifications are valid for 5 years. While content updates after receiving the certification(s) are encouraged to foster continuous improvement in your own practice if any of the conditions below lead to more than 20% of changes to the content, the recertification requirement applies:

  • The textbook has been changed AND the course design was constructed around the textbook
  • Any of the Alignment Standards are changed:
    • Course Level Objectives (Standard 2.1) – if changing course level objectives, they need to be in direct alignment with the existing or modified module-level objectives, assessments, activities, and instructional materials.
    • Module Level Objectives (Standard 2.2) –  if changing module-level objectives, they need to be in direct alignment with the existing or modified course level objectives, assessments, activities, and instructional materials.
    • Assessments in the Course (Standard 3.1) – assessment prompts can be changed, however, assessment formats (i.e. from discussion to essay) need to be in direct alignment with the current or modified course and module objectives while supporting the activities and instructional materials.
    • Instructional Materials (Standard 4.1) – if changing instructional materials, they need to be in direct alignment with the existing or modified course and module level objectives, assessments, and activities.
    • Learning Activities [including Assignments] (Standard 5.1) -if changing learning activities (including assignments), they need to be in direct alignment with the existing or modified course and module level objectives, assessments, and instructional materials.
    • Tools used in the Course (Standard 6.1) – If changing the tools used in the course, they need to support the existing or modified assessments, activities, and instructional materials.  
  • Any of the Alignment Standards are changed due to a textbook update or a new textbook. Reference the second bullet point for details.
  • Redesign of a course due to increasing or decreasing credit hours.
  • If the course has recently gone through a review process by a curriculum committee as a result of a regular course review cycle.

Support

Should you need assistance in evaluating the material or would like to schedule a one on one consultation meeting, please feel free to contact:

  • Mimi Lezcano | Quality Assurance Manager
  • Email: lezcanoh@fiu.edu
  • Ext: 305-348-8475

Your Instructional Designer is also available to assist you with the process, evaluating content, and offering recommendations for improvement.