2014 Southwest Regional Conference

Course Building 101: One Module at a Time

Consistency in course design is paramount. A simple way to achieve this is through a course-building template that incorporates QM standards. The course template provides consistency for students as they navigate an online program. It also allows students to focus on content rather than navigation and will assist with persistence and retention rates. This session will explore a template that guides instructors/instructional designers in building a course using the "Course Building: One Module at a Time!" model course.

Quality Matters at the Core: Transforming PD Through Collaborative Curriculum Development

Panel Discussion:

This presentation will discuss how a large school district worked across departments to design secondary English and math courses.  The presentation will include tools and processes to insure alignment of Common Core State Standards, district Units of Study and Scope and Sequence, 21st Century Skills, NCAA requirements, and QM standards for on-line course delivery.  A protocol for collaborative on-line course development will be introduced.

Where's the Beef? Analyzing Aggregated QM Reviewer Feedback for Continuous Improvement


University of the Rockies submitted 30 courses for formal review by Quality Matters in 2013. Our analysis of qualitative data reveals that peer recommendations provide a different perspective than the quantitative data. We will present results from our analysis and discuss the actions we are taking to continually improve courses, processes, and the curriculum as a whole.


Lost in Space

Effective learner engagement is not limited to traditional classrooms. Experience enriching adaptive strategies for online courses to promote student-student, student-content, and student-instructor interactions

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