Listen. Share. Get ideas at #QMRegionalConf.
April 25 & 26, 2019
Berkeley College, New York City
Learner Success Through Quality Initiatives
From creating learner-centered environments to implementing quality assurance plans, setting your learners up for success is always top of mind. Now get the tools and resources you need to make it happen. Attend the QM Regional Conference to gain evidence-based best practices, unique ideas and data-driven policies to help drive student success in online and blended learning. Learn from dozens of sessions in five concentrations and attend pre-conference workshops to expand your knowledge and delve deeper into the topics that matter most to you.
- Navigating Institutional Improvement and Accreditation
Friday, April 26, 2019 — 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Strategies to improve institutional effectiveness, including ways in which to measure analytics and critical resource issues will be a focus of this presentation. The accreditation process and how to negotiate for internal institutional support and resource development will also be addressed. Strategies will include how information ascertained from the QM process can tie into several important areas within accreditation standards including: accountability for the delivery and quality of online courses; institutional effectiveness; curriculum and instruction; faculty involvement in curricula development; technological delivery modes; academic resources; accessibility assessments and course evaluation. We will also look at how to use the visibility of QM or other assessments to validate your work and support efforts to obtain the resources you need.
Keynote Speaker: Meg Benke (Interim Provost at SUNY Empire State College), has worked at SUNY Empire State College since 1991 in many capacities, including service as acting president, 2012-13, provost, 2011-12, vice provost and dean of online learning. She is a recognized expert in online learning, having built the college's Center for Distance Learning into one of the foremost open and online systems in the United States. She also has taught for the college's School for Graduate Studies in areas such as Adult Education and emerging technologies. In 2015, Dr. Benke received a Fulbright research award and worked with Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland.
Meg has received several awards and accolades during her career including the 2017 Noflett Williams Service Award from the National University Technology Network for advancing applications of technology to teaching and learning in higher education, 2013 induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame and the Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual from Sloan-C Consortium in 2007. She is also a commissioner and executive committee member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and chairs its Committee on Substantive Change.
Concentrations & Presentations
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- Analyzing Your QA Efforts
Follow the data and learn from it! Presentations in this concentration will focus on the data — predictive, quantitative and/or qualitative — behind and in support of various quality assurance efforts. Information shared will include how institutions’ quality assurance efforts are impacting student outcomes such as grades and engagement as well as how QM-Certified courses are making a difference. Presenters will also discuss how this data is used to inform decisions at their institutions and how their data can help you with your own quality assurance journey.
- QM and the Education Puzzle
Engage with others to better understand how QM fits into the overall education puzzle. Presentations in this concentration will take you beyond the Standards and show you how QM can help with the other pieces of the puzzle. Presenters will share how their institutions are using QM to aid with accreditation and face-to-face courses as well as how QM impacts the role of educational technologists, learning engineers, and instructional designers at their organizations.
- Applying QM to Regulatory Issues
Set yourself up for success and learn how your institution can meet the many rules and standards that all schools and institutions must follow, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, privacy laws, state and federal regulations, and accreditation requirements such as those imposed by the Higher Learning Commission. Presentations in this concentration will focus on how institutions’ quality assurance efforts, including the use of QM, assist with meeting regulatory issues. For example, learn how QM Certification has aided with accreditation efforts and how Standard 8 has assisted with meeting ADA requirements.
- Idea Exchange
Get ready to gain new ideas and engage in informative exchanges! In this concentration, presenters will share information and ideas with others through unstructured methods such as Birds of a Feather sessions. Topics may include technology supporting QM (IT, LMS, etc.), professional development, accreditation, online assessments, research, or QM Certification. This is a great opportunity to learn from others while sharing your own ideas!
- International Symposium: Thursday, April 25 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Take part in an International Symposium to hear how other international institutions are adapting and applying the QM process to meet their quality assurance goals in online education. In addition, we would welcome your ideas and feedback on 1) developing a core set of QM International Course Design Standards; 2) establishing the QM International Council consisting of representatives from QM international member institutions; and 3) next steps on how QM can further assist a broader international community. There is no charge for this session. Choose this session under Afternoon Workshops when registering or add to your existing registration.
- QM Coordinator Meeting: Thursday, April 25 8:00 a.m. - Noon
QM Coordinators — Learn how to maximize your QM membership. Whether you are just getting started or have been implementing QM for years, the QMC meeting will provide you with tools and resources to optimize implementation, build quality assurance and meet your institution or program goals. Network with colleagues to share what works, get answers to your questions and discover creative and cost-effective ways to meet short-term and long-term quality assurance objectives to help drive student success.
To attend, choose QMC Meeting from the Morning Workshops ($75.00) when registering for the conference. You can also add this option if you’ve already registered. Want to attend the meeting, but can’t make it to the conference? Email QM’s Event Manager.
Sign up for workshops when completing your registration. Get a $50 discount when you sign up for two.
- Morning Half-Day Workshops: April 25, 8:00 a.m. - Noon
QM for Administrators: The Why, What, When, and How of QM Implementation
Facilitated by: Brenda Boyd, Quality Matters
Get acquainted with QM's underlying principles — the critical materials, processes, and administrative elements of QM's quality assurance program — and the opportunities and challenges of QM institutional implementation through the lens of institutional culture. This is a practical workshop, stressing the questions administrators need to answer to successfully develop an implementation strategy.
Strengthening Course Design
Facilitated by: Kathy Tally, Quality Matters
In this workshop, participants will examine the six QM Specific Review Standards related to alignment and apply them to their courses. The concept of “alignment” means all course elements are working together to ensure students meet the desired learning outcomes. Using the QM Standards and Annotations as their guide, participants will develop an individualized improvement plan noting strengths and areas for improvement. The plan will also include prioritization of improvements and determining resources needed to make the changes.
The ABCs of Quality Online Learning Research: Applied, Beneficial, Centered
Facilitated by: Bethany Simunich, Kent State University
After discussing recent findings, unique challenges and future opportunities, participants will be guided in applying the Quality Matters Research Toolkit and the Research Decision-Making Tree related to student retention and/or learning. Participants will work in small groups to create basic research plans for conducting Applied research that is Beneficial to all stakeholders and Centered on previous scholarly research.
- Afternoon Half-Day Workshops: April 25, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Implementing QM and Working Toward Program Certification
Facilitated by: Melissa Poole, Quality Matters
Are you implementing QM? Learn what it takes to attain one of QM's new Program Certifications in this half-day workshop. No matter if you are just getting started or have been implementing QM for years, this workshop will prepare you for a pathway to QM Program Certification. Workshop participants will learn about candidacy eligibility, timelines and needed data. Come away determining where your institution stands and with a plan to attain QM Program Certification.
Using Instructional Materials and Technology to Promote Learner Engagement
Facilitated by: Kathy Tally, Quality Matters
Alignment relies not only upon the connection between learning objectives and assessments but also upon connections with instructional materials, learning activities and technology. In this workshop we will explore how to effectively integrate instructional materials, learning activities and technology with one another to support students towards success on assessments and in meeting course objectives.
This QM Conference is sponsored by Berkeley College.