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What is a Peer Reviewer?

A Peer Reviewer is a faculty member who currently teaches online or blended courses (within the last 12 months) and agrees to assist other faculty members in improving their online course design. The Peer reviewer works with the FSU instructional design team to conduct the Online & Blended Course Certification Program. Throughout this process, the Peer Reviewer is able to gain additional insight into online education by viewing courses inside and outside of their discipline and working collaboratively with faculty members from all over the university.

When assigned to a peer review team, the Peer Reviewer will spend approximately 8-10 hours reviewing the assigned course and making improvement recommendations based on the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric and Annotations. It is important to remember that this is a continuous improvement activity for courses, it is NOT a form of evaluation for the course or instructor. It is about the course design, not about the teaching of any given semester.

How do I become a Peer Reviewer?

The first step is to fill out the form at Become a Peer Reviewer. Before you begin reviewing courses here at FSU, you will need to complete the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop. This workshop is offered in both online and face-to-face formats by certified trainers in the Department of Instructional Design and Delivery.

If you choose to continue your Quality Matters training, you will also have the option of taking the Peer Reviewer Certification course. This certification enables you to review courses through Quality Matters from external institutions, giving you the opportunity to see how online education is happening in institutions across the country.


For additional information on Peer Reviewers, contact IDT at