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A Case at Their Own Pace: Staging Case-Based Scenarios

Case studies encourage students to be active learners and critical thinkers. But in an online course, how can faculty ensure that students are ready to tackle a case, or move forward from one stage of a case to another? Expensive corporate training software can do this, but you don't need to spend money or time learning new technologies. Using the adaptive release settings in many LMSs, faculty can ensure learners have the support they need to work through a case, receiving appropriate feedback along the way.

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 Comprehensive Framework for Assignment Design

Most of the faculty professional development efforts—whether provided by teaching and learning centers or other entities in our campuses—appear to give little attention to assessment design. Developing effective assessments is an intellectually serious task that deserves our undivided attention. In this session, we will analyze a comprehensive framework for designing meaningful assignments that not only measure students' performance, but also promote deep learning.

A Culture of Continuous Improvement

This session will showcase a sustainable continuous improvement model through a compelling case study of the nursing program at Loma Linda University. Through a unique partnership, Loma Linda and iDesign have worked together to redesign the online RN to BS program.

The goals of this partnership are two-fold; 1. To develop a successful degree program and 2. To implement a Continuous Improvement (CI) program in order to create connections between courses, degree programs and institutional goals and, in turn, support accreditation efforts.  

A Discussion About Discussions: Increasing Student Interaction in Discussion Boards

Discussion boards are still one of the primary tools used for student interaction within online courses.  However, due to the way the tool has historically been used, students view discussions as busy work and tend to put less than their best effort into the activity.  This inevitably leads to instructor frustration as the tool that promised to mimic traditional conversations in a classroom has fallen short as it degrades to an "I Agree with what they said" type of interaction.

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.

Academic Integrity in an Interconnected World

Academic institutions seem to be facing an accelerating threat to integrity and, consequently, to the credibility of academic degrees (especially those earned online). Growing in both number and scope, these incidents include - but go well beyond - student cheating. For example, acquisition and sale of an institution's course material, such as assignments and exams, appears to be increasing through both the manipulation of students to share materials and cyber attacks.