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The Role of Quality in Promotion and Tenure

What constitutes excellence in teaching for university faculty when they are expected or required to create and teach high quality online courses? This is a question
that will increasingly be asked of members of promotion and tenure committees as market pressures demand entire degrees be delivered online. Developing
a high quality online course is a significant commitment in time and effort and frequently requires learning new skills and pedagogical methods. Increasingly,

The Student Voice: Inter-institutional Research on the impact of QM for Students

As part of QM's research agenda for 2014/2015, we want to encourage intra- and inter-institution research on how QM affects students.  This session will introduce two projects, with some preliminary data, that focus on student perceptions of their online learning experience. The basic research question: How does applying QM to a course affect students?

Project 1) Compare online courses that do, and do not, meet QM standards in terms of affect, self-efficacy, and quality of experience as evidenced in real-time student feedback during the course

The Value of Visuals: A Broader View of Standard 8

How does good visual design support the attainment of student learning outcomes? This session is for reviewers and designers who want to take the next step in understanding visual literacy in the online environment. Get a crash course in visuals that will help offer both breadth and depth when providing feedback around Specific Review Standards 4.1, 8.1, 8.4 and 8.5. Presented by Anna Lynch and Renee Petrina of Indiana University's eLearning Design & Services team. 

The Yin and Yang of Online Curriculum Design: A Student and Faculty Perspective

This session will explore the interactive dynamics of online curriculum design that reflect the collective experiences and innovation of our faculty and the leadership of our university's technology center. Our goal is to inspire our students to excel in an online environment and to support our faculty in addressing and solving the quality assurance challenges in an online learning environment.

The “No Template” LMS Template: Integrated Support for Eight or More Standards for Every Course!

How can we help all faculty meet some of the QM Standards in every LMS course automatically?  How do we keep the content and references up to date when courses are rolled or copied for upcoming semesters?  This session will cover the solution a team of instructional designers and technologists created and what we included to cover all of General Standard 7 plus 4 other standards.

Think Big: Leveraging Inter-institutional Collaboration to Promote Course Quality

The Minnesota Online Quality Initiative coordinates the Quality Matters implementation of a state-wide Quality Matters subscription involving 35 public higher education institutions.  This session will include discussion of challenges, successes and lessons learned. Our approach to implementation is designed to encourage successful, strategic collaboration among faculty from a wide variety of institutions to promote and celebrate quality.  We will discuss practical ideas and processes for building collaboration, communication, and support.  

To "Understand" Measurable Learning Objectives: Helping Faculty Meet Standards 2.1 and 2.2

During this interactive session, we will review case students of actual questions from faculty, discuss actions that were taken and could have been done different to help faculty meet Standards 2.1 and 2.2, and share suggestions and experiences writing or helpful faculty write measurable learning objectives.

To Certify or Not to Certify: Why Should I?

Quality Matters is great, but why bother? 
Let's talk about: (1) why instructors who certified courses went the extra mile,  (2) why instructors who chose not certify didn't go the extra mile, and  (3) how we can use their experiences to help more instructors apply the Quality Matters Rubric to more courses.

The slides in the presentation 

  • present a scenario
  • provide my background
  • agenda
  • learning objectives
  • research overview and findings
  • prompt for audience activity

To know where you are, it helps to know where you were: why maps are vital for sound assessment

As part of the Quality Talks, this session focuses on quality assessment from the beginning, by way of stressing the importance of well designed competency maps of each program/concentration. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Describe the relationship between curriculum mapping and assessment as it applies to quality assurance of program content.

Tools for Infusing QM Standards into the Course Design Process

Between 2015 and 2017, UMB's Graduate School added 50 new online courses to its curriculum. This was accomplished with a very small support team (two IDs and a media specialist.) To meet our goal of having each course meet the essential QM Standards from the first delivery, the team created a system to build QM compliance into the course development process. By using a combination of templates and course design worksheets, we are able to coach our faculty through the basics of course alignment and learner engagement without lengthy faculty training workshops.