Attend the QM West Regional Conference

April 3, 2020

Reaching for Student Success

Each day you are “Reaching for Student Success” — working to create online learning environments that work for everyone regardless of age, race, gender, income, etc. You are not alone in this quest. Join your peers in the Western Region to tackle this challenge together. Discover how to move past the one-size-fits-all model and bring out the best in all students. Return to your institution with the fresh ideas, best practices and research you need to ensure that students receive the education they deserve.

This conference will be delivered fully online due to the evolving nature of COVID-19. THANK YOU to all our presenters for their flexibility — nearly all originally-planned sessions will be delivered through Zoom webinar. If you registered for this conference before March 10, you should have received notification regarding the change in delivery format and price. If you did not receive that notification or have questions about your registration, please contact us via email.

Keynote Presentation

  • Leaning into Leadership: The Journey from ID to Dean to Associate Vice Provost

    Friday, April 3

    Like many in the field of education, the student experience has always served as Melody Buckner’s guiding light. Her work with Quality Matters and a desire to help students succeed in a course, a program or in life provided a foundation as she reluctantly moved into leadership roles. How did she balance her goals for making an impact on the student experience with the demands of leadership? How did her experiences using QM help prepare her? Join Melody as she shares her experiences — and lessons learned — with the hope of teaching, inspiring and making you laugh. She’ll provide advice for those interested in pursuing leadership opportunities and guidelines for making an impact at any level. Participants will also create an individual pathway oriented towards his or her own goals based on the principles presented.

    Presented by: Melody Buckner, Associate Vice Provost of Digital Learning Initiatives and Online Education at the University of Arizona

    Dr. Melody Buckner is an online education innovator, with broad experience across the field. Prior to her current position as Associate Vice Provost of Digital Learning Initiatives and Online Education at the University of Arizona (UA), Dr. Buckner served as the University’s Senior Director of Digital Learning and Online Education. In that role, she created an office of instructional design, visual design, video production, and quality assurance, building on her prior experience as both an instructional designer and adjunct faculty member. Dr. Buckner also served as UA’s Interim Dean of UA South from 2016 to 2019. One reason she was chosen for that role is her unique ability to understand the demands of a non-traditional student — an ability she gained while completing her graduate degrees both online and during evening and weekend programs.

Concentrations and Sessions

Click on the concentration headings below to see a description and list of sessions. PLEASE NOTE: Times listed in the session details are for the Pacific time zone.