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An Online Quality Assurance Plan: A Six-Step Process for the Development and Implementation for an Online Program Area

Developing and implementing policies for the use of Quality Matters online course design standards and online course delivery standards in an online program area can be challenging and cumbersome. Additionally, it is important to have organized policies and procedures regarding course design and course delivery in place for oversight of fully online programs in order to compete in the education marketplace.

I have developed a six-step process for the development and implementation of a quality assurance plan in an online program area: 

Analytics as Reflective Practice in Online Teaching and Learning

Extensive educational data are available for examination through learning analytics. The paper on which this presentation is based applies learning analytics in the assessment of distance education, exploring opportunities for change at individual and programmatic levels. Analysis targets learner engagement, group processes, course tools, and online contexts, such as those described by Quality Matters Standards.

Anchors Aweigh: Setting a Bearing for Mobile Students

While our students may be mobile, faculty are often not sure how to ensure our courses are usable on mobile devices. There is a common misconception that in order to make our courses mobile, we need to invest in developing a mobile app. In this session we will investigate what it means to make your course as "mobile-ready" as possible. We will explore how students are accessing our courses and how our choices regarding the course design can impact a student's ability to use their devices.

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.

Applying QM to a Face-to-Face Course, Blending, Flipping, Extending: QM Beyond the Online

QM Standards can be effectively applied to an in-person, traditional, lecture-based course to achieve a more dynamic and purposeful class room. This session will look at how course competencies can be supported using QM Standards, including the syllabus, independent and group activities, lectures, assessments for homework, exams, and projects.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric to Culminating Experiences and Individualized Research Courses

This session is designed to share challenges and opportunities for applying the QM rubric to a doctoral dissertation course space or other individualized research course. A number of barriers and hurdles to development and delivery of the process will be shared as relate to the incorporation of QM rubric application and processes. Specific application in both Blackboard and Canvas Learning Management Systems will be included.

Applying, Improving, Reviewing: A Three Step Plan for QM Implementation

A statewide project of any magnitude requires planning, support, and buy-in. Through central funding, grant monies, and individual school buy-in, one state is currently implementing the three-step "Applying, Improving, and Reviewing" plan. The first step provides faculty and support staff with Applying the QM Rubric training and develops a cohort of peer and master reviewers. The second step provides "Improving Your Online Course" training. The last step is "Reviewing Courses." 

Are We There Yet? Pack Your Bags for a Design Trip Using the QM Rubric

An instructional designer and a faculty member have the same goal in mind – a quality course. Yet, all too often we travel down two very different roads to reach our destination. More importantly, we have two different ways of evaluating whether we have indeed arrived. What we both need is a good road map. QM4Design is the ultimate, all-in-one GPS for course design. This innovative tool brings faculty and instructional designers together on a shared path toward the final destination: a course that meets all the Quality Matters standards.