The “Improving Your Online Course” workshop explores the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a course improvement plan.
The content is based on the 21 essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement, so enrolling in the workshop with an online or blended course with a pre-developed course is required.
Space is limited.
Register early via UT Online’s EventBrite Registration Page.
Upon completion of this QM training, you will be able to:
- Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters
- Apply the essential Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric to your own online course
- Describe the alignment of at leat one module/unit in your online course
- Prioitize improvements to your online course
Participants must arrive on time and stay for the duration of the workshop in order to earn a Certificate of Completion.
An online or blended course to improve. (This workshop is not for faculty looking to build a course from scratch.)
What should I bring?
Please bring a completed online or blended course ready to review during the workshop. An IYOC Workshop folder will be provided, including the 5th Edition of the QM Rubric.
The workshop will be held in Memorial Field House, Room 1060. The Memorial Field House is located in the northwest corner of UT’s Main Campus.
Contact Phoebe Ballard, director of instructional design and development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-530-4379.
Designing discussions that engage students — register for a FREE webinar October 11, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Session Title: Designing Engaging Discussion Boards
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Description: This presentation looks at best practices for discussion questions. We explore the best practices presented in leading literature, as well as discuss how we have modified discussions to garner more engagement from students.
Moderator: Amy Grincewicz
Candie McKee has been working in instructional design for more than 15 years via higher education and workplace settings. She’s worked with Quality Matters as a QM-Certified F2F Facilitator, Online Facilitator, Peer Reviewer, and Master Reviewer for the past three years. Her primary focus in instructional design centers on user-centered design that is accessible to all students.
Kristin Winterrowd has been teaching for more than 13 years and brought her experience in student engagement to the instructional field a few years ago. For the past year she’s engaged with Quality Matters as an internal peer reviewer. Her primary focus in instructional design is centered on student engagement in activities and assessments.
Date: September 30, 2016
Time: 9:30am – 11:00 am
Location: Rocket Hall Room 1530
Presented by: Matthew Pellish of the Education Advisory Board (EAB)
Hosted by: UT Online
About the Session:
Most are saying that yesterday’s hottest trend, the MOOC, is no longer in vogue. But now higher education has turned its attention to the next potential disruption: competency-based education (CBE). As with MOOCs, the hope is the CBE will lower costs, increase access, and improve outcomes – and the fear is that those who don’t adopt it will lose relevance and market share if new programs scale quickly. Higher education leaders are asking how fast and how far their institutions should venture into CBE. This presentation clarifies predominant myths about CBE, identifies lessons learned by early practitioners, and discusses what criteria to consider when deciding whether to launch CBE or another type of personalized learning program.
In this session, members will learn:
- Industry standard definitions for competency-based education and prior learning assessment
- Common misconceptions about competency-based education
- Recent trends in personalized learning
- Specific costs and risks that must be incorporated into new program implementation plans
**Please RSVP to Tyna Derhay: RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE!**
About the Presenter: Matthew Pellish is the Senior Director of Strategic Research and Education and a national meeting speaker with the Education Advisory Board (EAB). In this capacity, he is responsible for the creation and delivery of strategic and custom research on such industry-spanning topics as higher education business models, online efficiency and effectiveness engagements, career services, social media and marketing, campus IT services, and the future of academic libraries.
UT Online is offering a series of faculty development workshops, training sessions, and online certificate courses for faculty and teaching assistants who are new to teaching online, as well as those with previous online experience.
Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:
- Accessible PDF Documents
- Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics
- Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) – Online
- Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
- Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Online Training Course – NEW!
- Blackboard Learn: Basics I
- Blackboard Learn: Basics II
- Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys
- Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys Using Responds
- Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center
- Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
- Echo360 Active Learning Platform
- Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
- Online Teaching Certificate
- Using Video for Effective Online Learning
If you have any questions, please contact UT Online at UTLV@utoledo.edu or (419) 530-8835.
Class size is limited. Register early.
Free Webinar: Thursday, July 7th at 2pm ET
While awareness of web accessibility is increasing, it can often be an overwhelming thing to implement.
In this free webinar, Jared Smith, the Associate Director of WebAIM, will provide an overview of web accessibility. His expertise in the field will leave you with web accessibility tips and strategies that you can implement right away, as well as tools and resources for evaluating your site or web application’s current accessibility.
Jared’s presentation will cover:
- The principles of web accessibility
- Accessibility laws and standards
- The challenges of making web content accessible
- Tips for implementing an accessible website or application
- Why you need to test your website for accessibility
- Tools for evaluating your site’s current accessibility
Register for FREE today!
Live Streaming Online: July 12th – 14th
BbWorld Live is comprised of single-day tracks focused on teaching, learning, and the school-to-home connection with sessions offered for K-12, Higher Education, or Corporate & Government Training.
The Higher Education sessions on July 14th will include:
Rocket session: great teaching in a world of connected students
Love a TED talk? Who doesn’t! We took that format and supercharged it. Introducing rocket sessions: 7-minute sessions that pack a punch. Not sure what to expect? You won’t be disappointed in these seven rocket sessions. Topics include:
- Engaging your students via text message
- Integrating video into your courses
- Social presence in online learning
Superheros collaborate! Teaching virtual teamwork
Graceful Beam and Sharon Wilson
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
A once-feared online capstone class has been transformed into an epic adventure for students at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Buckle up for an exciting ride with Graceful Beam and Sharon Wilson as they highlight how they used online collaboration tools to revamp a course that was once dreaded by all, and is now a student favorite.
Dr. Howard Gardner
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dr. Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences. However, he’s a man with many hats. He’s authored over 30 books and received honorary degrees from over 30 institutions in recognition of his work’s impact on education. He’s been named one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. Join us for this rare, online keynote address just for faculty.
*Note: Can’t make all of the other sessions? Simply register for the KEYNOTE session only!
A week-long faculty institute drives big results
Austin Community College
Austin Community College developed a week-long faculty institute centered around instructional design. The program mirrored the focus of the Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric’s four key elements: course design, interaction & collaboration, assessment, and learner support. Tune in as Michelle Dames outlines the design of the institute, shares resources, lessons learned, and results of a self-efficacy survey.
The top 10 things you didn’t know you could do in Blackboard Learn
Your job is to deliver great teaching for your students. Our job is to make sure that you have access to the best tools for your classroom. In this session (included by popular demand) Tammy uses her 19 years of experience in education to highlight the most exciting capabilities of Blackboard Learn, our flagship LMS, that you can start using today.
Building (attr) active courses: A session on instructional design
University of Leuven
Engaging students in online courses can be quite challenging. Good-looking and well-structured courses help students stay motivated. By embedding web 2.0 tools (Google Drive, Prezi, Padlet, …) and using just a tiny bit of coding you can make your Blackboard courses stunning and a lot more interactive. Tim Boon will show you how.
A response to the challenge of digital accessibility
University of Tennesse, Martin
What does it mean to create “accessible course documents”? At colleges and universities, we’re all seeing a strong emphasis on ADA compliance, which has taken on new meaning as online courses and digital content become the norm. In this interactive session, accessibility expert Harriette Spiegel will walk through the step-by-step protocol for creating accessible content and discuss recent trends in accessibility.
Featured speaker: making sense of the new world of digital credentialing
Badging + Credentials expert
More than five years have passed since the inception of the open badges experiment, and in that time the concept of digital badges has moved steadily into the general consciousness. As this idea evolves, so do its many opportunities and challenges. Part technology and part conceptual approach, the digitization of representations of learning now includes wide-ranging considerations such as competency-based education and e-portfolios, as well as professional development. This presentation will explore the evolving dimensions of this work.
Join online for FREE!
Register by Midnight on July 1 for a chance to win an iPad.
Where: 100% Online
When: July 12 – 25, 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 Edition 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.
This course is a two-week, fully online, asynchronous workshop conducted via Moodle, an online learning platform. To get a sense of the course schedule and grading policies, please read the abbreviated workshop syllabus.
The registration/cancellation deadline is Wednesday, July 6. 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 Online at The University of Toledo is proud to host
The Fourth Ohio Quality Matters Consortium
Annual Member Meeting
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The University of Toledo (Main Campus)
Student Union Ingman Room
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)
The Fourth Ohio Quality Matters (QM) Consortium Annual Member Meeting will include hands-on sessions and opportunities to network with colleagues and peers from around the state. Topics include QM related research, QM related faculty development initiatives, meeting general review standards, competency-based education, and more.
This meeting is free to Ohio QM Consortium members, including UT faculty.
To learn more about the event and register, visit our online registration form.
Starting with Summer 2016, UT will be transitioning to the Echo360 Active Learning Platform, which is a new cloud-based service. This new platform combines Classroom Capture and Personal Capture services with Student Engagement Tools (formerly known as LectureTools) and incorporates additional analytics tools.
Classroom Capture and Personal Capture software will remain the same, but instructors will now use a new portal for managing content. Additionally, the Echo360 player has been redesigned and will allow students to take notes, ask questions, or flag segments in captures that they find confusing. Also included are powerful new analytics tools that will allow instructors to monitor student progress, view how many students have watched videos, and evaluate student engagement. The new Student Engagement Tools will allow instructors to add interactive elements to their presentation slides, such as poll questions, a note-taking platform, interfaces for discussions, and a location for students to ask questions.
At this time, the automatic publishing of individual capture links to Blackboard is not possible. The feature is currently in development at Echo360. However, you can link your Blackboard course site to your Echo360 “course portal,” which is similar to the EchoCenter in the current version of Echo360.
Starting this Summer, all new content will be published to the Active Learning Platform, while existing content will continue to reside in the previous Echo360 environment, for now. Instructors can continue to link to existing content in the previous Echo360 environment, and UT Online will work to identify content that can be migrated to the new Active Learning Platform, if desired.
For more information about Echo360 and any of the aforementioned components, please visit the Echo360 How It Works page or contact the UT Online Help Desk. Trainings on how to use the Classroom Capture, Personal Capture, Student Engagement Tools, and analytics will be offered this Spring and Summer. Please register for these trainings on the UT Online Trainings and UTC Student Engagement Tools pages. Furthermore, step-by-step instructions will be available for instructors in the coming months on the UT Online Guides page. Please also watch email for future updates and instructions.
Overwhelmed by the idea of meeting Section 508 requirements? Not sure if you are truly addressing the five Specific Review Standards under General Standard 8? In this free webinar, participants will look at eight steps they can take toward making their digital content accessible for all users. High-level topics will be discussed, as well as nuts and bolts ideas such as heading levels, alt text, descriptive links, captioning and transcripts, and specific examples of how faculty can meet Standard 8. Takeaways will include a greater awareness of accessibility issues and a number of practical resources.
8 Tips for Addressing Standard 8
March 16, 2016
1 PM to 2 PM EDT
Catherine Artac, Instructional Designer and Technologist with Minnesota State University Moorhead, will facilitate this free event. Register now as space is limited to the first 100 registrants.
Can’t make it? This QM Success Story will be recorded and available to subscribers after the session.