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FREE Online Workshop: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

Where: 100% Online via Moodle
When: 
April 4 – 15, 2016

About the Workshop
This workshop will explore the Quality Matters project and processes and prepare you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online and blended courses, and ultimately, student learning and success.

Quality Matters (QM) is designed to improve the quality of online and blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. In this workshop, you will become familiar with the Quality Matters standards and participate in a practice peer course review of an online course using the review tools. After successfully completing this workshop, you will gain practical ideas to improve your own courses using QM Rubric Standards, and be eligible to take the online Peer Reviewer Certification course.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the underlying principles of QM.
  • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
  • Apply the 5th QM Rubric to review online courses.
  • Make decisions on whether the SPCH 1113 course meets selected QM Rubric standards.
  • Apply the concept of alignment.
  • Write helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

Participants should expect to spend approximately 7-8 hours per week in this two week, asynchronous workshop. Participants have the flexibility to complete the learning activities at any time throughout the duration of the workshop; however, there is a firm end date and deadline of completion by 11:59 PM on the last day of the workshop. To get a sense of the course schedule and grading policies, please read the abbreviated workshop syllabus.

The registration/cancellation deadline is Thursday, March 31. 2016. To register for the course, please visit our online registration page. For more information about QM, visit the UT Online website and the Quality Matters section housed in our Faculty Resource Center, or email UTLV@utoledo.edu. More sessions of this workshop are available to faculty members; please check out the Ohio QM Consortium training calendar for registration information.

 


UT to Host 4th Ohio Quality Matters (QM) Member Meeting (5/12/16)

Save the Date! The 4th Ohio QM Consortium's Annual Member Meeting; The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio; Thursday, May 12, 2016

Save the Date! UT Online is proud to host the 4th Ohio Quality Matters (QM) Consortium’s Annual Member Meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2016. The Annual Member Meeting will be a day of hands-on information sessions focusing on Quality Matters initiatives. There will also be time and opportunities for networking with your peers from around the state. This meeting is free to consortium members. Breakfast and lunch are included in the day’s activities.


Protect the Integrity of Exams with Respondus

Respondus
Respondus, Inc. is offering a series of free webinars on Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor.  Respondus LockDown Browser® is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. Respondus Monitor® is a companion product for LockDown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored, online exams. Now is the perfect time to attend a session and prepare for the spring and summer terms.

To register, visit www.respondus.com/webinars. Each 45-minute webinar provides a live demo, as well tips that will help faculty to get started with these applications right away:

Introduction to LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor
This introductory webinar provides an overview of two applications: Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser. It is intended for anyone interested in learning how to protect the integrity of online exams, in both proctored and non-proctored settings. The session is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

  • Tuesday, November 10 at 4 pm EST

Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams
This comprehensive training webinar is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

  • Tuesday, November 17th at 1 pm EST
  • Tuesday, December 8th at 3 PM EST

To schedule a one-to-one consultation, please contact email utlv@utoledo.edu or call 419-530-8835.


QM Celebrates Distance Learning Week with FREE Accessibility Webinars

National Distance Learning Week

Quality Matters (QM) celebrates National Distance Learning Week (November 9-13, 2015) with a focus on Accessibility. Hear from QM subscribers as they describe how they trained staff members to implement accessibility standards in their online courses, overcame resistance to these implementations, and how they were able to increase the accessibility of their online courses and programs. Register for one or all four free webinars led by QM subscribers who have taken the accessibility journey.

Beyond Standard 8: Universal Design and QM
Monday, November 9, 2015
Beginning at 10 AM EST

How We Overcame the Challenges of Implementing Standard 8
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Beginning at 2 PM EST

Incorporating Accessibility Standards in Course Design and Materials
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Beginning at 2 PM EST

Feeding Many Birds With One Piece of Bread: Process and Impact of Providing Accessible Multimedia Course Materials
Friday, November 13, 2015
Beginning at 2 PM EST

Space is limited. Register now.

 


Attend FREE Online Sessions at 7th Annual QM Conference

QM 7th Annual Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning, November 1 - 4, 2015, San Antonio; Join the community of people who believe quality matters

Can’t make it to San Antonio for Quality Matter’s (QM) 7th Annual Conference? You can still get your next big idea, collaborate, and discover valuable research and tools on improving learner engagement. Register for FREE webcasting of select sessions. QM is making eight sessions available through live streaming from the conference. “Seating” is limited so consider having a viewing party with your colleagues. Register today!

Monday, November 2 Presentations:

Keynote Panel: Becoming Competent in CBE: What is it and What is Driving this Growing Movement?
10:30 a.m. to noon ET

Put on Your Cultural Glasses and Jump! Transforming Regular Assignments into Active Learning Experience
12:30 to 12:55 p.m. ET

Spicing It Up! Quality Course Design for the Digital Age
2:30 to 3:20 p.m. ET

Making Sense of the Competency-Based Education Learning Management Systems Landscape
4:35 to 5:25 p.m. ET

Going Beyond Course Design: Implementing Online Delivery Standards
5:35 to 6:00 p.m. ET

Tuesday, November 3 Presentations:

It’s All In the Design — The Importance of Making Courses Legally Accessible
10:15 to 11:05 a.m. ET

Our Sneaky QM Implementation: Moving Past Posting Their Syllabus Online
2:45 to 3:10 p.m. ET

Creating the Perfect Module
3:20 to 4:10 p.m. ET


FREE Online Workshop: Applying the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric

Where: 100% Online via Moodle
When:
November 9 – 20, 2015

About the Workshop
This workshop will explore the Quality Matters project and processes and will prepare you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online/blended courses, and ultimately, student learning and success.

Quality Matters (QM) is designed to improve the quality of online and blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. In this workshop, you will become familiar with the Quality Matters standards and participate in a practice peer course review of an online course using the review tools. After successfully completing this workshop, you will gain practical ideas to improve your own courses using the QM Standards, and be eligible to take the Online Peer Reviewer Certification course.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the underlying principles of QM.
  • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
  • Apply the 5th QM Rubric to review online courses.
  • Make decisions on whether the SPCH 1113 course meets selected QM Rubric standards.
  • Apply the concept of alignment.
  • Write helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

Registration/cancellation deadline is Thursday, November 5, 2015. To register for the course, visit our online registration page. For more information about QM, please visit the UT Online website and the Quality Matters section housed in our Faculty Resource Center. More sessions of this workshop are available to faculty members; please check out Ohio QM Consortium training calendar for registration information.


September is Accessibility Month at WCET

The month of September is Accessibility Month at WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies). To recognize the importance of accessibility, WCET is offering several blogs and free webcasts on accessibility issues and Best Practices:

Free 60 Minute Webcasts:

WCET’s Frontier’s Blog will also feature several blogs on accessibility:

  • Jarret Cummings, Director of Policy and External Relations, EDUCAUSE, will write a post about the new accessibility legislation that he is working on with the National Federation for the Blind.
  • Howard Kramer, Professional Research Assistant, University of Colorado Boulder, will blog about the why’s of accessibility.

To learn more, visit WCET’s website.


Fall 2015 Training Schedule

Learning Ventures is offering a series of FREE online faculty development workshops, technology training sessions, and certificate courses this fall. All faculty and teaching assistants, with or without previous online teaching experience, are invited to attend.

Space is limited. Register now at:
Learning Ventures Workshop Registration Form

Accessibility

  • Accessible PDF Documents
  • Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics
  • ADA Compliance and Online Courses**
  • Creating Accessible Blackboard Courses

Blackboard Learn

  • Blackboard Learn: Basics I
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics II
  • Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys
  • Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center
  • Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys Using Respondus

Instructional Design and Best Practices

  • Alignment 101
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric**
  • Blogs and Journals for Reflective Learning
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Designing an Online Module
  • Designing Your Course Structure
  • Getting Learners Started
  • Introduction to Blended Learning
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Managing the Online Workload
  • Online Discussions
  • Online Teaching Certificate**
  • Promoting Online Instructor Presence
  • Rubrics
  • Using Video for Effective Online Learning
  • Wikis for Collaborative Learning
  • Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

Web Conferencing, Video, and Lecture Capture

  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing) – Basics
  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing) – Intermediate
  • Echo360 (Lecture Capture)

** Sessions marked with an asterisk are part of the Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program.

If you are not able to attend one of the workshops or certificate courses above, please email utlv@utoledo.edu to schedule a one-on-one or group consultation with an educational technologist or instructional designer.

If you have any questions, or encounter a problem with your registration, please contact Learning Ventures at utlv@utoledo.edu or 419-530-8835.


Quality Matters at UT

Quality Matters is a faculty-driven, peer review process to ensure the quality of online and blended course design. There are three primary components in Quality Matters program: the QM rubric, the peer review process, and QM professional development.

Course Review: During the 2014-2015 academic year, Learning Ventures conducted 36 informal reviews resulting in recommendations for improvement sent to the faculty course developers. Learning Ventures also worked with faculty members and submitted six courses for official reviews. They are all recognized by Quality Matters. For a complete list of QM recognized courses please visit QM Recognized Courses page.

Professional Development: In the 2014-2015 academic year, many faculty participated in QM professional development programs. Twenty-two faculty members completed the Applying Quality Matters Rubric workshops, and nine faculty members completed the Peer Reviewer Course. Some of them have become certified QM peer reviewers. As of July 13, 2015 seventeen faculty members are certified QM peer reviewers and served on course review teams. For a complete list of peer reviewers please visit our certified QM peer reviewers page.

Rubric Use: The rubric is used to ensure online course design quality. Guidelines and templates (start here, syllabus, module guidelines, schedule, and alignment plan) were developed by the Instructional Design and Development Department according to Quality Matters standards and distributed to faculty. An Online Course Design Evaluation tool was developed according to QM standards and revised based on research findings.

  • Course Development: All new online course developers receive a copy of the rubric before developing their online courses. Instructional designers, who are QM certified reviewers, provide on-going consultations in the course development process. Course developers receiving development stipends conduct a self-review and the results of the self-review are shared with Learning Ventures for course improvement purposes.
  • Course Evaluation: An online course evaluation survey was developed based on the QM essential standards. The use of this evaluation tool is required for new online courses supported with course development funds. Its use is highly recommended for all courses undergoing revisions. The results are used to improve course design.
  • Course Revision: Instructional designers incorporate QM rubrics when consulting with online instructors in course revision.
  • Program Review: Learning Ventures takes a proactive approach in reaching out to fully online programs to integrate QM review into program review. There are three types of QM reviews: official review, informal review, and self-review. Institutions can also conduct customized reviews according to their institutional goals. In official reviews, each review team consists of three certified QM peer reviewers; a team chair, a subject matter expert, and an external reviewer. The peer review team is autonomous and the decision to declare a course QM certified is based on QM standards and annotations. They also provide constructive, specific, balanced, sensitive, and measurable recommendations for course developers to adopt in the revision of their courses.

Since UT’s adoption of the QM standards, many online faculty members have participated in our QM initiatives. One of our goals is to increase the number of faculty members participating in our online faculty development programs and submitting their online courses for QM reviews. If you are interested in Quality Maters program please contact your instructional designers or one of our Quality Matters Coordinators.

  • Sue Ann Hochberg
  • Barbara Kopp Miller
  • Peter You

Learning Ventures Completely Launched Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program

To meet faculty needs in online course design, development, and delivery, Learning Ventures developed a Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program (Pathway). The entire program was launched on June 1, 2015 with 10 faculty members taking the Online Course Design Certificate. The primary goal of the Pathway program is to ensure the quality of our fully online programs so that students will achieve desired learning objectives and have a satisfactory online learning experience.  Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Design effective online courses by incorporating Quality Matters standards and best practices of online learning with technology;
  • Deliver well-structured online courses with technology effectively;
  • Apply the QM rubrics and the QM review process to review online courses and provide helpful recommendations; and
  • Mentor novice online instructors in online course design and delivery.

The Pathway program contains four unique components to prepare faculty in course design, delivery, and revision for continuous course improvement. The first course, Online Teaching Certificate, was first offered in the Fall 2013 Semester. Ninety-two (92) faculty members have successfully completed that course. The second course, ADA Compliance and Online Courses, was launched in May, 2015 with 17 faculty and academic support staff enrolled. The course was offered as a competency-based learning course. Participants followed a suggested schedule to complete course work and assessment at their own pace. The third course, Online Course Design Certificate, was launched on June 1 with 10 faculty members for the pilot run. The fourth course, Applying Quality Matters Rubric, was first offered on campus in Spring 2012. Eighty-seven (87) faculty have completed this course and 20 of them have successfully completed the Peer Reviewer Course offered by Quality Matters.  Eighteen of them have become certified QM peer reviewers who are eligible to serve on QM review teams and provide helpful recommendations to course developers.  Those who successfully complete the entire program will receive a Learning Ventures certificate recognizing successful completion.

To learn more about the Pathway program, please visit Learning Ventures website and the Workshops and Events page for our full catalog.