It's time to #QMConnect Again
Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2018
St. Louis, Missouri
Gateway to Quality
10th Annual Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning
Thank you to everyone who joined us in St. Louis. QM Connect is able to make a difference and move the conversation about online learning forward because of YOU. The 2019 QM Connect Conference will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, October 27-30, 2019.
“It was so great to connect with my QM Ohio friends at QM Connect. Much like the arch, my experiences with QM have been an inspiring gateway to all things good.” — Phoebe Ballard, Columbia University School of Professional Studies
- On Quality AND Student Success: The Dream Team
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The last ten years have seen the rise of large-scale student success efforts focused on helping more, and more diverse students finish what they start in higher education. In this presentation, we’ll explore how quality online and blended learning—including competency-based options—have expanded access and success in higher education. Next, we’ll dive into how the digital signal coming from these efforts has informed and improved student success work, especially advising and strategic nudging outreach. Finally, we’ll present strategies for leading efforts to connect quality and student success work with a special focus on fostering systems and cultures that significantly improve quality, student completion, and career success.
Dr. Mark David Milliron is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, an organization committed to helping education bring together the best of emerging technology, data science, and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong on education pathways. An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, he has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world.
In previous roles, Mark served as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; founding Chancellor of WGU Texas; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.
He is a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Global Online Academy, and theTexas Student Success Council. Past board service includes the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and Western Governors University.
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- Technology-Enhanced Education: The ROI of Quality
Wednesday, October 31, 2018: Four Concurrent Sessions following Keynote
Senior, non-technical, administrators are making significant resource investments to deliver curated, digital content and credentials through various modes. Delivery systems may change, but QUALITY must always be quantifiable and based upon the standards to be met. This special track of four sessions focuses on employing quality as a differentiator in technology-enhanced learning. Discover the competitive potential of quality to differentiate programs. Hear strategies for ensuring integrity in new and traditional modalities. Engage with colleagues to discuss relevant topics — like policy, regulation and quality assurance — and to develop a strategic view on quality in today’s learning environments using benchmarks and data.
- QM Town Hall Breakfast
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 8:15 am — Breakfast included
Join the QM leadership for a town hall-style meeting where you will hear about recent releases, upcoming releases and plans for the future. This is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts on how QM can provide quality assurance solutions for new modes of teaching and learning. Bring your challenges, concerns and brilliant ideas for ensuring quality for all learners.
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- Measuring the Impact of Quality Assurance
Implementing quality assurance within your organization has an impact. But how do you know what that impact is? Sessions in this concentration will feature the data, experiences, and results of implementing QM as part of organizations' quality assurance goals. The focus will be on the use of the QM Rubric, QM Course or Program Reviews, QM Professional Development, or other QA activities and the impact these efforts have had on learner outcomes, the work of instructors, and organizational culture. Learn how others have measured and analyzed the impact of QM in order to adapt these processes to fit the quality assurance needs of your own organization.
- Launching QM and Achieving Sustainability
Implementing Quality Matters at your institution is only half of the formula for success. The other half is making QM sustainable in various environments. How do you launch and keep your quality assurance program goals alive and growing? Find out what other organizations are doing to achieve both parts of the formula, including navigating evolving QA environments, planting seeds of growth, and rejuvenating existing QA programs.
- Quality Assurance: Theory to Practice
Continuous improvement is a vital process for success in quality assurance. Sessions in this concentration will focus on specific ideas that translate into improved courses or programs. Topics include using QM to achieve QA, alignment strategies, assessment strategies, K-12 course design, and more!
- Leading Quality Assurance
Many stakeholders play a role in leading quality assurance, including instructional designers, faculty and administrators. This concentration explores various facets of leading change by setting expectations for quality assurance. Find out how other organizations are addressing the issue and how you can implement their ideas, which include faculty QA leadership models, institutional QA leadership, leadership challenges in K-12, and diversity of QA services and applications.
- Engagement Strategies
Building relationships, connecting and collaborating are key elements of engagement. Explore strategies and new ideas on how to engage people in different QA roles, including administrators, faculty, instructional designers, and staff. Discover practical approaches to building buy-in, creating professional development opportunities, celebrating QA achievements and contributions, connecting teachers and learners, using social networking to support QA, and creating active learning in online courses.
- Fresh Ideas: Accessibility
Get inspired! Explore practical tools, new practices, creative ideas, and actionable concepts to help you introduce accessibility and usability, to create accessible and inclusive classrooms, and to identify your institution’s main obstacles to accessibility and how to overcome them.
- Fresh Ideas: Technology
Come to these sessions to discover new ideas related to learning technology. Be inspired by the practical tools, newest practices, creative ideas, and actionable concepts others are using, including emerging tools, trends, delivery formats, and ways of thinking about educational quality. Plus, discover ways to leverage options available in your LMS and how to meet QM Standards in your learning management system.
- Fresh Ideas: Alternative Design Models
Sessions in this concentration will focus on practical models as well as the newest practices for alternative learning design models. Come away with creative ideas and actionable concepts related to creative course design, funding for course reviews and professional development, competency-based design, adaptive learning, integrated curricula, OER, and thinking outside the box in the K-12 environment.
- Making a Difference for Students
Learners are at the heart of the QM Community. They drive the work that we do. In these sessions, hear what others are doing to make a difference for learners. Each session will be presented by a QM Making a Difference for Students Awards nominee. The QM Awards recognize individual and institutional efforts exemplifying QM’s focus on learners. Nominees will share what they are doing to ensure high course quality and improve learner outcomes, providing you with ideas that you can use at your institution.
- News You Can Use from QM
QM provides many tools and resources to help you navigate and address the challenges and issues that those in online education face — resources that help teams and individuals build a culture of quality and evidence to aid accreditation. Attend one or more of these sessions to explore the resources that are available to you and get tips to move forward in your quality assurance journey.
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- Full-Day Workshop: October 30, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Designing Quality Courses with Learning Environment Modeling
Facilitated by: Bucky Dodd, University of Central Oklahoma
Educators and instructional professionals can often encounter collaboration challenges when designing online courses. Successful online courses involve a team of people who need to work well together to achieve a common goal. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to use Learning Environment Modeling™ (LEM), an award-winning visual learning design system to accelerate the collaboration and design of quality online and blended courses. You will discover how LEM can be used as a tool to communicate your vision for learning experiences while aligning design decisions with quality benchmarks and outcomes. Finally, you’ll discover how LEM can transform the way people collaborate, design, and implement quality online and blended learning experiences.
- Morning Half-Day Workshops: October 30, 8:00 AM - 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.
Connecting Learning Objectives and Assessments (Standards 2 & 3)
Facilitated by: Kathy Tally, Quality Matters
This workshop reviews course- and module-level learning objectives or competencies while using alignment to ensure that assessments are varied and supportive of the learning objectives or competencies. Participants apply these concepts to developing and/or reviewing their own course objectives or competencies and assessments. The content is based on Standards 2 and 3 of the Quality Matters Rubric.
Designing Your Online Course
Facilitated by: Eddie Andreo, Cowley County Community College
This workshop includes an overview of the QM Rubric and provides a framework for participants to design an online course plan. An integral element of the workshop is an exploration of the eight General Standards of the QM Rubric, focusing on learning objectives and overall course alignment. Participants will complete a Module Planning Worksheet to design one module of an online course. The worksheet includes course and module learning objectives, assessments that align with the learning objectives, instructional materials that support the learning objectives and activities, and tools and media that enhance student interaction with classmates, content, and the instructor.
Creating Accessible Documents, Web Pages and Images
Facilitated by: Cecelia Green, Quality Matters
This workshop will prepare participants to create accessible documents using Microsoft Word, generate accessible PDFs, create accessible web pages, and format images so they are accessible. Participants will explore Microsoft Word features to create an accessible document and generate a PDF file from their Microsoft Word document. Using styles for web pages will be explored. Participants will apply the appropriate method for adding alternative text to images and tables as well as creating accessible hyperlinks.
Recommended for anyone interested in learning about how to create accessible documents, web pages and images.
Copyright Compliance for Online Courses
Facilitated by: Raquel Marti and Enrique Castellanos, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Carolina
Are you aware of the strict and severe liability implications under U.S. Copyright Law for infringing online courses developed by their faculty or staff? Under the law, institutions can be held economically liable even if they are not aware of the infringing activity. To complicate matters further, application of copyright law by faculty to online courses is frequently misunderstood.
This workshop provides a dual strategy solution for educational institutions to significantly reduce their copyright vulnerability. The first part will provide a coherent explanation of copyright law, including the TEACH Act, Fair Use and other provisions as they apply to the development of online courses. The second part will address institutional standards for copyright compliance through policy formation, implementation, training, assessment, and enforcement.
Course Design as a Means to Enliven Learning
Facilitated by: Zakaria Jouaibi, North Carolina Central University
Most (if not all) of our discussions on how to promote learning and permeate student success, whether online or onsite, are monopolized by one theme: How can we teach better? Unfortunately, we rarely talk about course design as a means to enlivening teaching and learning. Excellent teaching starts with a pedagogically/andragogically sound course design. A well-designed, robustly aligned, intuitively navigated, and easily accessed course engages learners in meaningful learning, provides them with greater flexibility in pacing their learning, and promotes efficacious achievement of the intended learning outcomes.
Designing for Presence: QM and the Community of Inquiry Framework
Facilitated by: Bethany Simunich, Kent State University
This workshop explores the intersection of instructional design principles, the Quality Matters Rubric Standards, and the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework. Teaching presence begins with the design of the course, but many QM Standards also work to promote presence opportunities (including teaching, social, and cognitive) while the course is being delivered. Participants will gain a firm grounding in the CoI framework, and then discuss various design and development best practices that can provide presence opportunities, while also exploring ways to focus on presence during delivery.
- Afternoon Half-Day Workshops: October 30, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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.
Improving Your Online Course
Facilitated by: Eddie Andreo, Cowley County Community College
This workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a course improvement plan.
The content is based on the 21 essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online or blended course is required.
Captioning Videos and Making Multimedia Accessible
Facilitated by: Cecelia Green, Quality Matters
This workshop will prepare participants to use YouTube and Amara to quickly and easily add closed captions to videos. Participants will get hands-on practice on how to use videos, animations, and audio as engaging instructional materials that are accessible. Ensuring your multimedia is accessible will benefit all of your learners. Closed captioning your videos will not only benefit learners with disabilities but can improve learning for learners with a range of other needs and strengths.
Recommended for anyone interested in learning how to close-caption videos and ensure multimedia is accessible.
Note: Participants in this workshop will need a YouTube Account and a 2-3 minute video upload to their YouTube account so they can caption it during the session. In addition, the participant will need an Amara account and the URL for a short video they want to caption using Amara.
Tailoring to Fit: Selling Ideas for What's Possible in Online Teaching
Facilitated by: Jessica Handley, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
How many times have you heard, “I just don’t see how it’s possible to do XYZ online”? Join us as we wield powerful strategies to debunk this misconception through case studies illustrating real reformatting situations in higher education. Then we’ll make it personal by offering solutions to our own design challenges. You’ll leave with a productive set of tools and resources to prove that it’s not only possible to do XYZ online, but that it may be impossible to do it any other way from now on.
Using F2F Strategies for Active Learner Engagement in Online and Hybrid Courses
Facilitated by: Susan Fein and Rayne Vieger, Oregon State University
BYOD to experiment and play with active learning technologies such as Perusall for close reading and collective annotations or Learning Catalytics for peer learning. See how these traditionally F2F tools were successfully implemented in online and hybrid classes, then apply them to your discipline. You’ll leave with strategic solutions to increase learner interaction and engagement, plus an active-learning mind map full of collaboratively-curated resources to reference after the workshop.