5th Annual QM Conference 2013

5th Annual QM Conference 2013

Save the Date! October 1-4, 2013

Announcing:  Registration Opening Soon!


On behalf of the Program Committee, we would like to announce Quality Matters’ 5th Annual Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning.
The theme of this year’s conference is Celebrating 10 Years of Making Quality Matter - Taking Stock and Looking Ahead.

 We invite you to join us October 1 - 4, 2013 at the Sheraton Music City in Nashville, Tennessee.  October 1st is a day of pre-conference workshops, and conference sessions begin October 2nd and conclude on the 4th.

The conference includes a reception, a keynote panel, an awards luncheon, many concurrent sessions, networking opportunities, exhibits and much more.

Conference Track Topics

  • Policy Trends with Implications for Quality Assurance

In the policy track we seek proposals for presentations that discuss national trends and developments in distance education (enrollments, demographics, costs, accessibility, for-profit vs. non-profit, competency-based education, MOOCs, etc.); regulatory activity; federal, state, and foundation initiatives; accreditation issues; and collaborations among distance education organizations.  Proposals on international policy trends also are invited.

  • Distance and Blended Education Research

The distance and blended education research track focuses on studies that address student performance and faculty satisfaction in online and blended education; evaluate new and emerging formats and tools for distance education, including MOOCs, game-based courses, flipped classroom, learning analytics, Community of Inquiry (CoI), etc.; and examine the effectiveness of quality assurance methods in distance education.

  • QM- Focused Research

The track features reports on QM-related research, whether funded by QM or carried out independently.  Preferred proposals will address the impact of individual standards on student performance, satisfaction, and retention; the impact on institutional culture when QM is introduced; and results of faculty and staff participation in QM professional development.  

  • Distance and Blended Education in K-12 

The track includes reports on successful K-12 implementations of QM; models for statewide and cross-district collaborations; challenges and solutions for implementing Common Core Standards and competency-based learning in distance and blended education programs; and strategies for adoption and regulation of third-party courses and online educational materials.

  • Faculty Development for Quality Assurance

The track features reports on creative ways to encourage and implement faculty development in quality assurance for distance education.  Successful programs and tools are showcased in a framework that emphasizes results and presents an analysis of the factors that led to success

  • Innovations in Making Quality Matter

In this track we seek reports on new tools, course design approaches, and course delivery strategies to meet QM standards.   Also of interest is the use of QM standards for other evaluative purposes in institutions and organizations, both inside and outside academia.  The emphasis is on innovation and even experimentation. Tools and new approaches reported on ideally will reflect the presenter’s awareness of strategies adopted by other institutions or organizations and build on rather than echo them.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon about the Quality Matters’ 5th Annual Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning! We look forward to seeing you in Nashville!

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