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Addressing Barriers to Teaching & Learning Statistics at a Distance

In the vein of continuous improvement faculty members and instructional designers, who want to ensure that online courses meet Quality Matters (QM) Standards, should consider participating in this session. Attendees will interact with each other to examine at least one unit plan from the online statistic course that was the focus of a recent case study. They will reference the QM Rubric, specifically Standards #4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, to make recommendations for course improvement.

Addressing Barriers to Teaching and Learning at a Distance

Are you a faculty member, instructional designer, or administrator who is experiencing difficulty launching and delivering online quantitative based courses? If so, then you are in the right place! 

This session will allow you to apply QM Standards while reviewing and redesigning at least one unit of an online statistics course. The big goal is to improve the course materials, technological resources, learning activities, and assessments in an effort to reduce cognitive load and create learning experiences that align to the course objectives.

Addressing Barriers to Teaching and Learning Statistics at a Distance

In the vein of continuous improvement, faculty members and instructional designers who want to ensure that online courses meet Quality Matters (QM) standards should consider participating in this workshop. Attendees will interact with each other to examine at least one unit plan from the online statistic course that was the focus of a recent case study. They will reference the QM Rubric specifically Standards #4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 to make recommendations for course improvement.

Aligning Course Design and Faculty Development with Middle State's 9 Hallmarks of Quality

In this session we will discuss how we have aligned our online course design strategy with the Middle State's 9 Hallmarks of Quality and the Quality Matters Rubric and how bringing on a QM trained instructional designer has had impact on course design and faculty development. Participants will then have an opportunity to discuss their current professional development offerings for faculty and to create or update a plan for the next academic year.

Applying QM Standards to Online Design and Development: A Two-prong Approach

The seven-month hybrid Learning Series, currently in its first year of implementation at Georgetown University, applies QM Standards to teach faculty how to design and develop online courses. The hybrid approach includes faculty participation in an online Canvas course--consisting of an orientation and three modules--and six, 2-hour long face-to-face sessions. The program applies QM Standards on two levels. First, as the Series developers, we apply QM Standards to the design and development of the online Canvas course and face-to-face sessions.

Building a Network of Peer Reviewers

This session will discuss the collaborative efforts of three community colleges in southern WV to provide a Shared Peer Reviewer Network. Using the statewide subscriber managed review process, the network of reviewers will provide a cost effective model to deliver quality online courses to rural WV at no additional cost. A discussion of the concept at the state level and the implementation plans from the three institutional perspectives will be given. Providing the appropriate tools, involving faculty, and collaboration are the key components of this project and will be examined.

Candidacy as Pathway to Program Certifications

Whether your institution is just getting started implementing QM or has implemented QM to help achieve your institutional goals for years, this session will introduce you to a pathway to any or all of the 4 QM Program Certifications. Participants will learn about candidacy eligibility, timelines, needed data, and more. Come away determining where your institution stands and with a plan to get started on QM Program Certifications.

Does Quality Really Matter? Implementing QM Training at River Parishes Community College

Presenters will discuss initial and ongoing Quality Matters implementation and online course review at their home institution. Topics will include: developing measurable goals and objectives, identifying prospective and current online faculty, selecting required Quality Matters courses, applying Quality Matters standards to current courses, reviewing online courses, and extending Quality Matters training into future semesters and courses.

Exploring Flexible Learning: A UConn Faculty Development Course

With UConn's increase in hybrid/blended course offerings, faculty's related training and support requests, and research showing student performance gains in hybrid/blended learning environments, a two-week faculty development short course, Exploring Flexible Learning, was created. As an institution adopting Quality Matters, it was important that QM design Standards were met and modeled in the course, as well as applied by faculty participants. We'll share the design and outcomes of our pilot offering.

Gamification that Matters: Applying the QM Rubric to Assure Quality in Gamified Courses
In this session, participants will explore and discuss the characteristics of an effective gamified course, as well as recommended technologies for implementation. In addition, participants will be able to apply effective gamification principles and strategies to different types of courses, using the Quality Matters Rubric as guide for design and quality assurance. Through a series of short case studies, participants will gain hands on experience applying gamification and evaluating its effectiveness.
Beth Knapp Tue, 05/02/2017 - 13:34

Grappling with the Grendel

In this session the presenters  will discuss various online learning tools that have been used to bring a very traditional course (Early British Literature) into the online era, and by using the QM Rubric as a blueprint for the online course, we were able to make substantial improvements to the seated/blended versions of this course as well.

In this presentation we will look at actual examples of how this weighty topic was approached in the online format, including entertaining mini lectures, online resources, and group discussion forums.     

How a to Build an Assessment and Impact Model Using Quality Matters and Professional Development

Are you looking to document impact and outcomes? Do you want to design an assessment model around the ROI of professional development and the use of QM design standards? Well, step right up, no lions, no tigers, no bears; just facts, models and approaches to getting you on your way to modelling your efforts and measuring success. This round-table discussion will unfold a successful model and engage others to share ideas on how to implement an approach on their own campuses.

Beth Knapp Tue, 05/02/2017 - 13:52

Instructors’ Perceptions of Active Learning in College Online Courses

The Quality Matter Standards have been used at our institution to support its efforts regarding designing quality online courses. In this research study, we particularly focus on the QM Standard 5 regarding designing course activities. We examined instructors' perceptions of various course activities fostering active learning in online classes. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and documentation. Findings and implications will be discussed during the QM presentation.

Making the QM Case for Accredited Education Programs

As education programs across the country transition from NCATE to CAEP accreditation, programs need new ways to present evidence of program quality. By aligning education course to QM Standards, education programs can create LMS course models that integrate assessment must-haves across programs; this helps accreditation leaders make a compelling case for program quality. Participants will see examples from a required graduate research course designed on the QM model and also see examples of how course-based assessment melds with course objectives within Canvas LMS.

Moving Beyond Compliance: A Collaborative and Context-Specific Framework for Internal QM Reviews

The Teaching & Learning unit at a large private research university conducted an internal review of five online foundation courses in the business school’s flex MBA program. The study revealed a framework for conducting internal QM reviews useful to other institutions seeking to improve their online course development and revision processes. Workshop participants will learn how to use this framework to conduct dialogic, collaborative internal reviews that result in course improvements and context-specific recommendations.

veena.radhakri… Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:19
Moving Beyond Compliance: A Collaborative and Context-Specific Framework for Internal QM Reviews

The Teaching & Learning unit at a large private research university conducted an internal review of five online foundation courses in the business school’s flex MBA program. The study revealed a framework for conducting internal QM reviews useful to other institutions seeking to improve their online course development and revision processes. Workshop participants will learn how to use this framework to conduct dialogic, collaborative internal reviews that result in course improvements and context-specific recommendations.

veena.radhakri… Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:17

Online Education Institutional Leaders

Two recent surveys, by the University of Rochester and by Quality Matters in partnership with Eduventures, have focused on the role of chief online officer, how that role is being defined at institutions across the U.S., and their perspectives on current institutional practices, priorities, and challenges. Among many responsibilities, these individuals are key to the response of their institutions to accreditation, regulation, and compliance issues. The lead investigators in these surveys will report and compare their results and raise questions for further study.