Chief Academic Officers have responsibility for the quality in their courses, programs and faculty involved in technology-enhanced education. What are the benchmarks that count and how do they know they are hitting them? What does a comprehensive approach to quality assurance look like from their vantage point? How do they know if they are offering students a quality learning experience? CAOs from institutions with significant commitments to quality in technology-enhanced education will offer their views on how they have navigated the quality question.
2018 QM Connect Conference
This fireside chat-style conversation will provide insight into national regulatory and policy intentions and practices related to quality assurance and new forms of teaching and learning. Considering the rapid growth of alternative providers of education, the conversation will turn to questions about what quality assurance might look like in the future as higher education and alternative providers begin to "share" students. Will we see more collaboration between them and who is responsible for quality in that relationship?
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.
How can local and regional online programs thrive in an increasingly competitive environment led by nationally focused enterprise-level programs? This session goes beyond describing various sectors' current online learning practices and articulated future plans. Based on findings from the CHLOE (Changing Landscape of Online Education) surveys, the facilitator will identify strengths and opportunities that local and regional institutions may not be not taking full advantage of and vulnerabilities they need to address.
This session will provide a Course Developer's Guide with information on applying best practice, a checklist, and basic templates for online course design following Quality Matters Standards in an easy-to-use format.
Improve learning by using visual elements strategically. The visual elements in a course play an important role in course design and affect course usability. The poster will show tips on how to create a visually balanced course so that visual elements are not in the way of content (Quality Matters General Standard 8).
The last 10 years have seen the rise of large-scale student success efforts focused on helping more and more diverse students finish what they start in higher education. In this presentation, we'll explore how quality online and blended learning - including competency-based options - have expanded access and success in higher education. Next, we'll dive into how the digital signal coming from these efforts has informed and improved student success work, especially advising and strategic-nudging outreach.
During this session, participants will review and develop course activities that allow students to actively engage with content and with each other. In addition, issues and strategies related to facilitation of student-to-student activities and group work will be presented and discussed.
We will review our research and findings on the myriad perceptions of who should lead varying course design tasks. We will then discuss an evidence-based approach to negotiate who should lead these tasks when working within an interprofessional course design team.
This panel will discuss faculty members’ experiences in working towards completing the QM program certification process. Learn how they went from never having heard of QM to completing all of the steps necessary for QM program certification.