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Applying the QM Rubric Workshop

Friday, March 1, 2013
9:00am – 4:00pm
Carlson Library, Room 1025

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.

QM is designed to improve the quality of online and blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. 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. Participants in this hands-on workshop can be online/blended instructors, instructional designers, and/or faculty members & faculty developers. After successfully completing this workshop, you will be eligible to move into the Online Peer Reviewer Certification. In addition, you will gain ideas to improve your own courses using the QM Standards.

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

  • Describe the underlying principles of the Quality Matters project.
  • Use the QM Rubric to evaluate and revise your own online or blended courses.
  • Apply the Peer Course Review Rubric.
  • Decide if you wish to participate as a QM peer reviewer.

Registration Information:

Registration is free for all UT faculty.  You can register online at https://utdl.edu/DL_training/#ApplyingtheQualityMattersRubric(Wholedayworkshop) (you will need to enter your UTAD ID and password on the top of the registration page to validate users).

Only 15 seats are reserved for UT faculty, so please register early—registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Once the 15 reserved seats are filled, additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Registration/cancellation deadline is Friday, February 22, 2013. Please note that any cancellations must be received before 5 PM on February 22, 2013. All “no-shows” on the day of the workshop will be charged a $100 fee if cancelations are not made prior to this deadline.

For more information about QM please visit Learning Ventures website and the Quality Matters section on our Faculty Resource Center.


Free Training Webinars from Blackboard

With support from Blackboard’s global community, The University of Toledo is partnering with Blackboard to bring you a faculty training webinar series entitled The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS). This program will bring best practices and evolved online pedagogy training to you in a concise and effective series consisting of weekly training webinars that have been designed for educators and will be led by your peers and product experts.

Who should attend? 
All educators are invited to join, regardless of your technical know-how or experience using Blackboard or other learning management solutions. These webinars are designed to share innovative practices — content that is applicable to educators of all levels and disciplines. To help you better gage which sessions to attend, the webinars are divided into three tracks: Getting Started, Collaboration, and Assessing Learners. All webinars are recorded and will be available for viewing. More information about the tracks, the schedule, and registration can be found at http://www.blackboard.com/bits.

To give you an idea of webinars offered, I’ve included the first five below:

  • From the Beginning: Setting up Your Blackboard Learn Course, February 4th at 11am ET
  • Meet the Grade Center, February 11th at 1pm ET
  • The Rewards of Rubrics, February 18th at 2pm ET
  • Getting Started with Publisher Content, February 25th at 1pm ET
  • Maximizing Student Engagement Through My Blackboard, March 7th at 1pm ET

If you have any questions, please contact utlv@utoledo.edu or Blackboard at community@blackboard.com.


Best Practices Workshops

What does learning online look like? How can it be a first-rate learning experience? This series of workshops is designed to introduce best practices of online teaching and learning to instructors new to online and blended learning and those with previous experience teaching fully online, blended, and web-assisted courses.

Class size is limited. Register for one of the sessions via our training schedule from these topics today.

  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Introduction to Quality Matters
  • Applying Quality Matters Rubrics
  • Writing Measurable Objectives
  • Alignment 101
  • Promoting Academic Integrity Online
  • Creating Accessible Courses
  • Online Delivery, Copyright, and You

If you are interested in any workshops that are not available on this schedule please contact UTLV@utoledo.edu. If your college/department is interested in obtaining group training for your faculty development program please contact UTLV@utoledo.edu.