The idea for K-12 collaborative teams was born at a QM Connect Conference when the K-12 community came together to brainstorm ways to create more support for their quality assurance efforts. Four teams are now up and running:
- Local Online Operations/Logistics
- Professional Growth
- Course Design & Reviews
The goal of each team is to build connections within the Quality Matters K-12 community through various engagement methods, including Twitter chats, webinars, the Accessibility and Usability Resource Site forums, and facilitated discussions. Plus, the teams serve as a conduit to strengthen your commitment to quality assurance in online and blended learning and provide you with the support you need to move the needle on your own efforts. Review the team descriptions below and use the links provided to join the ones suited to your interests.
Meet the Teams
1. Local Online Operations/Logistics
Join the two Roe’s – Meghan and Meredith – to learn about the work involved in running the day-to-day operations of an online program. Connect with individuals across the globe engaged in this work. Uncover great practices (and share your own), collaborate and help build a community of like-minded educators who can learn from each other and improve their own practices, processes and approaches.
Join this team to:
- Gain best practices for logistics and operations
- Learn from online program managers currently engaged in successful programs
- Participate in online discussions and webinars
As the Virtual School Program Manager for Catholic Education Western Australia, Meredith has created a system of low-cost, high-impact online learning. An experienced educator and leader in remote and metropolitan schools, Meredith understands the contemporary and contextual challenges schools face and the ways in which virtual learning can help schools address these issues. Meredith is leading the development of Australia’s first virtual school with a next-generation digital learning environment.
Meghan is part of the Launch program out of Springfield Public Schools — a fast-growing virtual school that services over 252 school districts in Missouri. Meghan’s role as Coordinator of Course Development is to supervise the process of developing and revising online courses. Meghan has her P.hD. in Rhetoric and Composition and spent nine years teaching academic writing in Texas and Iowa. She moved from Higher Ed to K-12 education in 2017 and never looked back. Meghan is the Quality Matters Coordinator for Springfield Public Schools and is part of the K-12 Quality Matters Leadership Team for Local Operations and Logistics.
2. Professional Growth
The Professional Growth Team is designed to build awareness about the benefits of following Quality Matters online course design Standards and the National Standards for Quality (NSQ) with online/blended learning in order to continuously improve. The opportunity for learning through this team is intended to be fun, informative and innovative. It is meant to bring together teachers of blended learning classrooms and online environments and provide a platform for sharing, supporting, and connecting with one another.
Join this team to:
- Build a professional learning community for K-12 digital educators on Twitter
- Collaborate and engage with others committed to promoting professional growth
- Participate in Twitter chats — #Quality4All (Details coming soon)
Kirsten has worked in the blended learning world for a little over one year. Nineteen years of my educational career was in brick and mortar with experience spanning K-12. I work with an amazing team at Virtual Arkansas that provides rigorous, relevant online content to over 250 public schools in the state of Arkansas.
Nicole is an adjunct instructor for University of Alaska Southeast, where she teaches Educational Technology classes. One of her favorite things to do is to introduce students to the professional joys of Twitter and Flipgrid. She has been living and teaching all over the great state of Alaska for the last 17 years, providing her with extensive experience and a solid understanding of challenges related to rural and remote education. Additionally, she has been a distance and online teacher for eight years.
3. Course Design & Reviews
The Course Design & Reviews Team creates resources to take some of the apprehension out of submitting a course for official QM review. Real examples and tips from other QM members are shared. The team also explores some of the most difficult Standards to meet and provides examples of peer review feedback with tips for responding to the issues.
Join this team to:
- Get help with your most challenging course design and review questions
- Ask questions and share successes within a supportive community
- Shape and participate in course design challenges (Details coming soon)
As the Assistant Director for the Instructional Product Development team at Michigan Virtual, Krista influences student success by helping to develop quality courses that cater to diverse learners. Before joining the Michigan Virtual team, Krista earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Eastern Michigan University and her doctorate degree from the University of Toledo. She has taught at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.
Candice is the Director of Design and Development at Virtual Arkansas. Her role includes project management, quality control and implementation support for course content. She has served on a variety of teams and committees devoted to improving online learning experiences including the QM K–12 Rubric Fifth Edition Review Team and the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance Curriculum, PD, and Designer workgroups. She holds a master’s degree in instructional technology with an emphasis in distance education from the University of Central Arkansas.
The purpose of the Accessibility Team is to encourage reflection on accessibility needs within a course. Real-life mock scenarios are provided throughout the year to encourage open discussion and bring awareness to accessibility within online courses. The team hopes to embed this content within QM’s Accessibility and Usability Resource Site (AURS) to increase activity within this valuable resource.
Join this team to:
- Raise community awareness of the QM Accessibility and Usability Resource Site (AURS)
- Bring attention to the importance of accessibility in digital materials, including online courses
- Envision and create accessibility case scenarios (video and pdf) to empower users with solutions via checklists
Linda is a Quality Assurance Specialist for Springfield Public Schools in Missouri. She is a part of the Launch program out of Springfield Public Schools — a fast-growing virtual school that services over 252 school districts in Missouri. She is passionate about providing quality courses for students. In her free time, Linda loves to read, watch documentaries and spend time with her family (preferably on a beach).
Kristi is a Senior Instructional Designer for Michigan Virtual. She has been in the field of education for roughly 30 years. She has taught in face-to-face, blended and online environments at all levels — kindergarten through community college, including alternative education and adult education. Kristi had the opportunity to participate in NASA’s Frigid 2003 research as a “Teacher on the North Pole.” She has been working for Michigan Virtual since 2007.