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Present at a QM Conference.

QM Connect

November 6 - 9, 2022
Loews Ventana Canyon
Tucson, Arizona

Submit a proposal by April 1, 2022, and if your proposal is accepted, you will receive a $50 discount off the early-bird registration fee.

Those submitting early will also have an opportunity to revise proposals.

Call for Proposals is CLOSED

Expanding Possibilities

Fact: the needs of today’s students are constantly evolving and changing. To meet them, we must evolve as well. We need to look beyond what we know and look instead at what is possible. What fresh ideas can we implement in our courses? How can we move beyond a focus on course design? Where do we go next with our collective quality assurance efforts?

You — the QM community — have the answers to those questions and so many more because you are expanding possibilities every day. You are experimenting, breaking boundaries, looking beyond what you know, and trying new things — all to help each and every one of your students succeed. Now it’s time to bring your work to the community and help your colleagues see what is possible. 

Develop your presentation proposal for one or more of the concentration areas below and consider the format you'll use. The committee encourages presentations that are interactive and reflect participation from more than one institution. 


Select the concentration headings below to see descriptions.

  • Launching Quality Assurance

    Showcase your budding quality assurance efforts and how you are using QM to transform your campus. From making a commitment to quality assurance to planning for its implementation, proposals in this concentration should examine how you are developing and launching a quality assurance plan. Topics may include:

    • Demonstrating the need for quality assurance
    • Conducting a situational analysis/needs assessment
    • Making a business case for quality assurance
    • Developing 3- and 5-year plans
    • Aligning plan deliverables to your institution’s mission, strategic goals or other initiatives.
    • Engaging stakeholders by speaking their lingo — faculty and administration
    • Building support


  • Sustaining Your QA Plan

    Bring your experience to the table and help others move the needle on their quality assurance efforts. Share your successes — and challenges — when it comes to growing and sustaining a QA plan. How did you get support for the plan? And how do you manage it? What tips can you share? Proposals in this concentration should focus on advanced plan implementation such as:

    • Managing the plan
    • Measuring how the plan implementation is progressing
    • Applying the Standards to design practices
    • Preparing courses for review
    • Preparing for recertification and continuous evaluation of courses
    • Strategic planning for continuous quality assurance
  • Ensuring Access and Equity

    Help ensure that all students are set up for success by sharing your ideas, initiatives and proactive approaches to addressing the critical issues of access and equity. Showcase your successes and provide insight into how practices you implemented led to change. You may also share how you — or your institution — are currently addressing one or more of the following:

    • Inclusive design practices
    • Mobile learning
    • Learner agency
    • Supporting learner, faculty, and staff  diversity
    • Designing humanized learning
    • Social-emotional learning
  • Learning Design Strategies

    Shine the spotlight on the practices you are using to optimize the online learning experience for students. How do you approach learning design? And what new strategies are you incorporating into the process? From the basics to more advanced ideas, proposals should focus on topics such as:

    • Online teaching and learning design
    • Learning science
    • Social-cognitive learning
    • Content delivery
    • Designing authentic assessments
    • Retrieval practice, self-evaluation
    • Aligning assessments and learning activities
  • Beyond the Classroom

    Highlight how you or your institution have upped your quality assurance game and moved beyond a focus on course design. Let others know how you are integrating quality assurance across your organization — explore the roles of leadership, professional development and the holistic student experience. Sessions in this concentration may include:

    • Collaborative leadership
    • Faculty development
    • Institutional effectiveness plans
    • Stakeholder relationships
    • Student support
    • Accreditation
    • Supporting academic units
    • Relationships with the local, regional, national, and global community

Presentation Formats

Select the format name to see the definition.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Effectiveness of Title - How well does the title match the session content and how much appeal does the proposal title have?
  • Fit to Concentration - How well does the proposal fit the selected concentration?
  • Format - Is the selected format appropriate for the topic?
  • Participation - Are the plans for participant engagement appropriate and sufficient to ensure an interactive session? Is the participation element appropriate for the selected format?
  • Proposal Content - To what degree does the proposal reflect familiarity with the field (does not "reinvent the wheel") and frame the presentation of the topic to suit the level of the designated audience?
  • Learning Objectives - Are the learning objectives aligned to the presentation's content? Are they written from the participant's point of view and are they measurable?
  • Effectiveness of Writing - How well written is the brief description? Is it clear what will be discussed?

“Presenting at QM felt like I had finally reached the next level of my professional process. Learning and collaborating with colleagues from across the nation was a fresh breath of inspiration and motivation to creating new pathways for growth and innovation at my institution.”
Maikel Alendy
Florida International University
“Presenting at this conference allowed me to look at [my] materials in a whole new light.”
Karina Ocampo
Florida International University Online