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"I Think I Can" - Observations from the Road to Lake Wobegon

Psychology research has shown that people often think of themselves as "above average." This presentation highlights data collected from faculty at 34 institutions suggesting this "above-average effect" applies to how people rate their course design skills. In a comparison between self-rated design skills and course review outcomes, the survey data find over-confidence in course design abilities. This presentation includes recommendations for how QM training can help instructors better self-assess their own abilities to create a well-designed course.

"X" Marks The Spot - A Search For Hidden Treasures For Your Online Course

Would you turn down FREE hidden treasures that create excitement in your online course delivery? This session will uncover the buried treasure of publisher resources that are available to online instructors. Instructors and designers simply need a treasure map to lead them where “X Marks The Spot”. This session will reveal how to blend hidden publisher treasures into your current course content. If you seek such secrets; I say,  “Argh Matey, welcome aboard!” 
  • The Audience Will Discuss Pros and Cons Of Using An Outside LMS With Their Course

12 Steps to Quality Online Courses: Helping Faculty Translate the Standards

This session will highlight the 12 Step Checklists, one for each of the eight QM Rubric (QMR) General Standards, developed by the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) at New Mexico State University (NMSU). The OCIP team has found these checklists to be very helpful in working with faculty who are developing and or revising their online courses. The checklists translate the QMR Standards into actionable steps, which helps faculty "see" what a Standard looks like when achieved in an online course.

A Community of Quality: Using Social Network Analysis to Study University-Wide Implementation of QM

In addition to the rubric, process, and professional development, implementing Quality Matters at many institutions has been about creating community centered on quality online teaching and course design. A noble goal, but one that is difficult to measure – what does a community look like? How do you know it is growing, or healthy? This presentation shares the results of an ongoing design-based study that uses social network analysis to visualize and analyze community formation during the development of a campus-wide implementation of QM.

A Journey Through QM Course Design and Development: The Intertwined Stories of A Faculty and An Instructional Developer

This session will provide an overview of the Online Course Development Award process of implementing QM at the University of Northern Iowa. It will explore the partnership that occurs between faculty and instructional developer (ID) as a foundation of the thinking about and application of the design and functionality of the course content following the QM Rubric. The presenters will also discuss the ongoing transformation of the developer and faculty roles to develop and deliver effective online instruction.

A Journey Through QM Design and Development: Intertwined Stories of a Faculty Member and a Developer

This interactive session will focus on the University of Northern Iowa Online Course Development Award process of implementing Quality Matters and the partnership between faculty and instructional developer. The partnership is a foundation for thinking about and applying the course design principles of the QM Rubric.

A Journey to the Top 2 Percent

How did a small, rural, multi-campus community college become one of the top 2 percent of all QM institutions? Come on an interactive journey to discover ideas to achieve QM success at your campus. You'll learn how leadership, internal mentors, faculty workshops, monetary incentives, and a wall of fame motivate faculty to pursue QM Certification. There will be several strategies for how you, too, can get a piece of the pie. Be sure to bring your wireless device to this presentation.

Jill Holmes, Sheryl Barton, and Kim Hansen

A Quality Assurance Taxonomy for Online Education: A New Criticality Measure PowerPoint Boucaud

The session presents a new Quality Assurance Taxonomy devised via a Delphi study with a panel comprising shareholders in online higher education at the student, faculty, and administrative levels.  The taxonomy can be used to facilitate both internal and external evaluations and inform quality standards, documents, practices, processes, and measurements.  It introduces a concept no t previously found in literature--the increased criticality of QA dimensions (such as student support and faculty support) that results from the online modality.

A Quality Matters "Quickie"

Several years ago when we first decided to adopt Quality Matters (QM) on our campus we encountered a problem of buy-in from administration and faculty.  They did not know what QM was all about and did not want to invest the time, energy or money into an unknown. We started a grassroots effort to spread the word about QM through those wonderful early adopters, but we were still missing people. We found there were opportunities at events on campus to prompt QM, but did not have a formal presentation.

A Slow-Roll Approach to Internal QM Reviews

Working together, the eLearning Advisory Committee (eLAC), Center for Engagement and Learning, and eLearning developed an internal QM Review process and infrastructure. Using a slow-roll approach, we kicked off internal reviews with only two courses at first, building our pathway as we progressed forward. We will present an architecture of our decision making and creation of processes and support infrastructure, as well as the results of our efforts.

(Poster Session - w/ PPT)

A Survey of Tried and Tested Technology Tools in Undergraduate Online Business Courses

Listen to how two business professors have merged tools supplied by their Learning Management System (LMS) together with publisher teaching assets to achieve QM Standard 4.5 - “A variety of instructional materials is used in the course.” This Standard requires us to sort through instructional technology tools to use in our courses.  In this poster session, we will explain Course Learning Objectives (CLOs) in introductory Economics and Marketing classes, and link them to QM Standard 6.1.

A Thousand Words: Digital Tools for Visual Literacy

Although visual representations have been around since cave paintings, visuals created with new technologies are changing the definition of what it means to be literate. Visual literacy is not just an "add-on," because incorporating visuals into learning practices helps the brain create meaning. Learn how to integrate visuals to capture the interest of today's learners and invoke emotions of curiosity, excitement, and enthusiasm. Explore digital tools and resources to support and enhance visual literacy in today's face-to-face, blended, or online classrooms.

AccessAbility: 5 Steps to an Accessible Syllabus

Are you interested in meeting QM Standard 8.3 by improving the accessibility of your course syllabus? Join me for this hands-on session where we'll explore the accessibility features in Microsoft Word.   You'll have plenty of practice time during the session, so please bring your own computer.  Included for your information is a link to WA SBCTC's Access 101: Introduction to Accessibility Training Course Materials