This session reports the professional development opportunities for Quality Assurance (QA) across a 23-campus system and the impact of Quality Matters (QM) training and course certification on online teaching outcomes at California State University. Quantitative and qualitative data gathered as part of the Student Quality Assurance Impact Research (SQuAIR) project at the system level are used to triangulate the relationship to student outcomes and satisfaction.
This session introduces OER and describes the development and implementation of an OER project within an online course. A framework is provided to facilitate development of OER projects in other courses. This topic is timely as learner engagement declines and costs for textbooks increase. It will facilitate attendees to explore new and innovative strategies to overcome these barriers to learning and create affordable, interactive experiences geared toward learner engagement and student success.
To succeed in college and beyond, students must learn to think critically, make the right decisions, and regulate their behavior. These aspects of cognition depend on executive functioning (EF) - central processes executed in the frontal lobe of the brain. Together we will explore how to use Quality Matters (QM) Standards to create courses that effectively support EF. You will learn about strategies and technology tools that can support EF in face-to-face or online college courses.
Are you drowning in institutional or LMS data? Have you considered collecting feedback from students or faculty but aren't sure where to start? In this session we'll discuss how to collect, analyze and use data for continuous improvement.
While online learning is convenient as it gives the students the opportunity of being flexible, many learners suffer from feeling isolated or disconnected from the community. To promote interaction in online learning, we add a new feature to the traditional system, Tele-Instruction, which enables students to interact with the instructor at their convenience. The system provides the possibility of peer and content interaction and can use machine learning algorithms to improve lecture quality.
Based on faculty recommendation, the Quality+ Program at Idaho State University incorporates a mini student review. Come learn about the process (and templates) and help generate ideas to improve training in applying specific standards.
Tired of the “post once, and reply to two others” instructions in online discussions? Can you still meet QM standards with an alternative? Come explore alternative discussion structures with specific learner instructions and grading criteria.
Students’ learning needs are not monolithic and have posited that inclusivity in online education should be multi-dimensional in order to break away from a one-size-fits-all model (Clow & Kolomitro, 2018). Therefore, we need to rethink the QM rubric to be inclusive of the course delivery component vs only looking at the design. Moreover, Hollingshead and Carr-Chellman (2019) argued that as a result of the change in student demographics, there is an amplified need to create opportunities for student engagement through instruction and instructional design utilizing UDL.
With a higher expectation of quality in online courses, our department has found great success in implementing a standard prototype phase into the course development process. This allows developers to conceptualize and build a small portion of the course and conduct a review using the QM Rubric to catch potential quality issues/concerns before continuing development of the course. This session explores the prototype development, prototype review its impact on the quality of our online courses.