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CBE Pathways to Learning and Earning

LX design has become a major, innovative player when it comes to addressing the educational needs, demands, and skill gaps of today’s students and tomorrow’s workforce. Competency-based education (CBE) is a big part of this trend. CBE experiences—especially in online settings—continue to gain traction in learning environments throughout K–12 and higher education and in professional development and training programs. At the same time, the demand for instructional design and instructional technology professionals is also on the rise.

Cinderella's Glass Slipper: Creating Collaborative Relationships to Foster Student Success & Support

QM’s Online Learner Support Criteria 1 addresses the presence of “Direct and indirect support for online learners and should include remote access to academic advising.”  In this poster session, we will share a unique Graduation Team Model wherein collaboration between academic advising and faculty members foster the creation of proactive strategies that provide an individualized best-fit (“glass slipper”) student support plan.

Closed Captioning Matters: Enhancing Accessibility and Improving Learner Experience in Online Learning

At many institutions, closed captioning in online courses is provided on an as-needed basis in response to an accommodation request. Given recent litigation, growing student diversity in higher education, and the potential benefits to all learners when instructors employ universal design methods, closed captioning should, in our estimation, be a standard feature in online courses.

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.

Coffee and Course Design: A Professional Development Model

Providing professional development for blended and online learning that creates the opportunity for connection and personalization is our goal. We recently launched our professional development model called Coffee and Course Design. In this session will share how our newest endeavor of providing an active learning space that enables the participants to connect, share, and design for their online or blended learning environment using Quality Matters as our framework while having coffee, donuts, and conversation with their colleagues.

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.

Comparing RN-BSN Research-Course Changes Pre/Post QM Certification

Student's grades on assignment for an undergraduate nursing research course the academic year before QM certification were compared to grades the academic year after QM certification. Significant improvement was found in grades for research papers and posters. Changes made to the course will be described, study findings presented, and implications discussed.

Comparing Students' Scores Pre/Post Quality Matters Certification for Program Quality Assurance

Nursing faculty responsible for the Quality Assurance (QA) of one of our state’s largest online nursing programs will present a Quality Talk. Our question is “What is the difference in students’ scores before and after QM certification for the eight core courses of an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program?” We will use story-telling technique to share transformation of online courses into a complete QM certified program for registered nurses (RNs) earning a BSN.

Competency-Based Education - How to Keep Students Interested with Mandated Curriculum

This session focused on courses where the curriculum is mandated, either by state licensing requirements, testing requirements, or industry standards. It can be difficult to keep learners interested when course material must be geared to a test or licensing requirement - but it can be done! Methods for keeping learners engaged, encouraging learning, and achieving the results that learners want are the focus of this session.

Competency-Based Education: Craze or Way Forward for Online Learning?

Competency-based education (CBE) is getting a lot of attention. Defined by personalized learning and "authentic" assessment, advocates position CBE as a powerful toolkit to address some of higher education's biggest challenges- namely, high tuition, low completion and vague/uneven student outcomes. It could be argued that these challenges are relevant for "traditional" online learning, too. Amid the hype, what is truly distinctive about the new generation of CBE programs, and is CBE really a mainstream solution or a more specialized one?

Competently Designed: Building Capacity to Support the Competency-Based Revolution

In the last eighteen months, the number of higher education institutions publicly committed to competency-based education (CBE) has risen from 24 to over 225. Undersecretary Ted Mitchell said, “CBE is...the single most promising set of innovations we have to make improvements against the challenges facing our education system today.” (Competency-Based Education Network convening July 22, 2014). The marked increase in interest and commitment to CBE presents significant challenges for instructional design professionals.