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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.


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.


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.


Certificate Courses for Summer 2014

This summer, Learning Ventures is offering two distinct certificate courses for faculty and teaching assistants who are new to teaching online, as well as those with previous online teaching experience.

Location:
100% Online

Online Teaching Certificate
Session 1: May 19 – June 13, 2014
Session 2: July 7 – August 1, 2014

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Session 1: June 6 – June 27, 2014

Register Now:
https://utdl.edu/DL_training/

About the Online Teaching Certificate:
This 4-week online course prepares faculty and teaching assistants at The University of Toledo to effectively facilitate teaching and learning in an online environment. Participants will gain insights about online teaching and learning through discussion, sharing, peer mentoring, collaboration, and self-reflection. The course also enables participants to practice using various online communication and assessment tools as they complete learning activities from the student perspective.

The course is organized into 4 modules outlined as Introduction, Course Preparation, Course Facilitation, and Assessment & Management. Each module begins with an introduction, followed by measurable learning objectives, learning activities, and a checklist of how learning will be assessed. At the end of each module, extra resources are provided to further expand and extend your learning. In each module, participants will explore general concepts related to online teaching, and will have opportunities to practice and reflect on key concepts through a range of individual and group activities.

About Applying the Quality Matters Rubric:
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 be eligible to move into the Online Peer Reviewer Certification, and gain practical ideas to improve your own courses using the QM Standards.

Space is limited. Register early.

If you have any questions, please contact Peter You, Director for Instructional Design and Development, at 419-530-4016.

If you encounter problems with your registration, please email Lance.Stoll@utoledo.edu.


Online Learning Workshops for Spring 2014

Learning Ventures is offering a series of faculty development workshops for faculty and teaching assistants who are new to teaching online, as well as those with previous online experience.

Training Location:
Main Campus Memorial Field House
Room 1060

Register Now:
https://utdl.edu/DL_training/

Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

  • Active Learning with Blackboard Web 2.0 Tools
  • Alignment 101
  • Applying the QM Rubric (a whole-day workshop)
  • Blogs and Journals for Reflective Learning
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Designing an Online Module
  • Designing Your Course Structure
  • Introduction to Blended Learning
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Item Analysis
  • Managing the Online Workload
  • Online Delivery, Copyright, and You
  • Online Teaching Certificate (a 4-week online course)
  • Rubrics
  • Wikis for Collaborative Learning
  • Writing Measurable Objectives

If you have any questions, please contact Peter You, Director for Faculty Support and Special Projects, at (419) 530-4016.

Class sizes is limited. Register early.

NOTE: If you encounter problems with your registration, please email Lance.Stoll@utoledo.edu


Online Learning, Quality Matters, and New Federal regulations

Ohio QM ConsortiumLearning Ventures is proud to announce that The University of Toledo is now a member of the Ohio Learning Network’s Ohio Quality Matters Consortium. “Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning.” (http://www.qmprogram.org) There are now over 500 higher-ed institutions affiliated with the Quality Matters program and Ohio has the largest state-wide consortium with 58 member institutions.

QM has developed a researched-based rubric for evaluating and improving online and blended courses. The rubric is designed to evaluate only course design and not course delivery or content. The rubric consists of eight broad categories broken down into 40 individual standards. These 40 standards can be used in a variety of ways ranging from providing guidelines for course development to the evaluation and certification of courses (either through an internal or external review process).

Interest in evaluating and certifying the quality of online courses and programs continues to grow as new Federal regulations on state approval for distance education go into effect on July 1, 2011. These new regulations require that any institutions providing distance and online education to students in a State in which they are not physically located will be subject to the State’s jurisdiction and must meet its requirements. Responsibility for establishing these requirements is up to the individual State. Furthermore, institutions offering online courses or programs must be able to document the individual State’s approval upon request.

While QM concentrates on providing a standard by which to compare the design quality of online courses, the nonprofit Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) has developed a “quality scorecard” that might serve as a standardized way for administrators to compare and improve institutional support for online programs. This scorecard, developed by a panel of 43 “long-serving” online administrators, consists of 70 metrics in nine general categories ranging from support for students and faculty to technology support.