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"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

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.

As Good As I Get: Self Review of Online Teaching

Our teams use the QM Rubric as a valuable tool to build and review online courses. Now, we want to advance our faculty development initiatives to include a tool to review online teaching. This session will share an instrument, based on the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, faculty can use to review their online teaching and will describe the study that was conducted to refine this instrument for further use.

Beyond Understanding: Working With Faculty to Compose Exemplary Objectives

This hands-on session will explore strategies that can be used by faculty leaders, instructional designers and trainers when working alongside faculty members to assist in
formulating course- and module-level learning objectives that are measurable, observable, attainable and appropriate for online and hybrid environments in higher education.

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Books Without Borders

If you have ever tried to tie your course competencies to specific pages and paragraphs in a required textbook, you know it is not a quick task. Once you have accomplished the task, it becomes even more difficult to motivate students when you ask them to read the first three paragraphs on page 12 and the last paragraph on page 14. This poster session is based on my solution to this cumbersome problem.

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Coaching for Quality: Improving Quality by Easing the Burden of Design

Instructional design coaching is at the heart of a partnership between Gateway Community and Technical College and TiER1 Performance Solutions. Through this coaching model, Gateway faculty have received not only formal professional development but individualized coaching to guide them in the design of high quality online courses. The instructional design coaching model ensures faculty are applying foundational principles as well as incorporating problem-based learning into their course content.

Communities of Practice: Combating online faculty isolation, promoting online faculty support

This presentation will examine faculty satisfaction and perceived benefits of participation in communities of practice (CoP) for supporting online faculty. Faculty isolation and navigating the transition from face-to-face  to online teaching will be discussed. A brief presentation will be followed by a community brainstorming session to explore ways to sustain faculty buy-in, promote online pedagogical excellence, foster peer-to-peer community, and encourage continued improvement in online instruction.

Copyright and Creative Commons: How to Find the "Free" Stuff!

Learn how copyright works within institutions of higher education, the implications of Teach Act for online courses, and get an understanding of how Creative Commons licensing allows designers and others to use images, video, audio, and software in online courses, increasing quality while maintaining cost-effectiveness! This session will briefly cover copyright, and then show a plethora of free tools and technologies for use in online courses.

Creating a Pathway to Quality Design for Online and Blended Courses

Faculty at our institution are interested in improving their courses but were overwhelmed by the expectations of the QM rubric and the formal peer review process.  Our institution has created an online training course, an intermediate level Quality Assurance Checklist, and an internal peer review process to help raise the quality of online and blended courses, creating a more gradual pathway to meeting the QM standards.

Creating a Quality Matters Culture

How can you create a culture of Quality Matters in online instructional design at your college? This presentation describes the steps being taken at one New Mexico community college to change the culture while implementing a systematic approach to internal peer reviews of online courses based on the Quality Matters Rubric.  At Central New Mexico College in Albuquerque, NM, instructional designers and faculty are involved in this effort as the college prepares to offer a fully online Liberal Arts degree. 

Creating Institutional Policies that Incorporate QM: A faculty-driven approach roundtable

In this roundtable session we review our college's evolution from individual faculty implementation of DL courses to college-wide development of policies for DL course design assessment. We highlight key points from our policies and some of the challenges we encountered.  Participants discuss ideas for their own colleges, in cluding the integration of QM standards in college policies and implications for related faculty development programs.  The Pdfs included here are the handout for the session as well as the Scribe Sheet that recorded participant commentary.    

Design and Delivery of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Using QM Standards with the Canvas Course Design Checklist: A Case Study

Gender Through Comics, a Super MOOC delivered in Spring 2013 by Ball State University, examined how comic books explore questions of gender identity, stereotypes and roles. This engaging learning experience was designed for college-age and lifelong learners with enrollment exceeding 7,000 participants.

Developing a Community of Practice (CoP) Through Interdisciplinary Research

In this session, the presenters will discuss how one historically black university (HBCU) sought to overcome skepticism by engaging science faculty in their area of expertise: research.  Preliminary results from research conducted on flipped classroom methodology will be discussed along with their implications.  Additionally, presenters will discuss efforts to develop a Community of Practice (CoP) on campus.   The session will conclude with some hands-on exploration of different tools and techniques for creating fl

Development of Quality Initiatives on a Less-Travelled Path: The Online Fellows Program

An overview of the Drexel University Online Fellows program will provide insights into methods of improving the quality of online courses, mentoring online faculty and enhancing the learning experience of online students. A description of the key role of institutional support in this effort will offer an understanding of how this program has been successful in beginning to change the culture of online teaching and learning at the University.