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In This Issue 6th Annual Conference Spotlight Attend the MyCR Webinar Keeping Pace with Teaching Online K-12 Publisher Reviewer Update Instructional Design with the QM-IDA
QM Spins Off from MarylandOnline, Appoints New Board Quality Matters, a leader in quality assurance for online education, announced that it began operating as a standalone organization, Quality Matters, Inc., starting July 1, 2014.Quality Matters also announced the election of its new seven-member board. The
Quality Matters Board of Directors is:Darrow Neves, Chair of the Board and President of Quality Matters, Inc., is Chief Information
Officer at the Community College of Baltimore CountyDeborah Bushway, Vice Chair of the Board and Treasurer, is Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Academic Innovation at Capella UniversityTim Jones, Secretary of the Board, is Vice President of Administrative Services at Chesapeake College
Michael Abbiatti is Director of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)Julie Porosky Hamlin is Executive Director of MarylandOnlineSheryl Hansen is Loaned Executive to the eTech Ohio organization of the Ohio Board of RegentsMichael Mills is Director of Distance Education and Learning Technologies at Montgomery College
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Prepare to Set Sail for QM’s 6th Annual Conference
Your ship’s crew is making preparations to set sail for the 6th Annual Conference September 29-October 1 at the Renaissance Harborplace in Baltimore, Maryland!
Room block pirates may look to steal your treasured staterooms! Be vigilant! We’ve partnered with the Renaissance Harborplace to provide rooms for conference attendees. Use the link provided on our Registration page to ensure you have a room at the Renaissance Harborplace.
This year’s K-12 programming features great sessions we think you’ll find valuable while aboard.
Quality Matters at the Core: A Roadmap for Collaborative Online Course Development is a conversation offering a snapshot of how the QM K-12 Secondary Rubric provided a foundation for a district-wide initiative aimed at developing high-quality online courses at Albuquerque Public Schools.
Dual Credit: Do You Dare? will teach participants which design elements K-12 and higher education courses share and will explore what elements courses should include to facilitate student success at both the K-12 and higher education levels.
Invigorate Your Class with Instructional Materials! will show participants how to find engaging, authoritative, appropriate and up-to-date K-12 instructional materials. Best of all, these resources are FREE! You’ll explore General Standard 4 and identify ways to find instructional materials to help your course meet Standard 4’s Specific Review Standards.
Join us in port ready to set sail September 29!
Attend the MyCR Webinar!
QM can help you expand your quality assurance efforts in more areas than just course design. Organizing collaborative reviews of almost anything is a breeze when you use My Custom Reviews (MyCR)! You can use MyCR to import any set of standards. Imagine learning from other online teachers via peer observations or working with other 4th grade teachers across your district to review learning objects and lessons – MyCR can make it happen. Create a “custom review,” add your own annotations and assign anyone you want. You will gather valuable feedback and generate reports leading to results that are data-driven.
MyCR is an online tool exclusive to QM subscribers that will allow you to manage your own quality reviews using rubrics you design. Pick and choose from QM’s Standards, use your own, or both! Where quality matters, you decide how to measure it! MyCR features the same great peer review features as QM’s Course Review Management System, but with you at the controls.
Want to learn more about how you can leverage MyCR and the power of collaborative reviews? We’ve scheduled a webinar for Wednesday, September 24 at 2 PM EDT. We look forward to you joining us for the webinar and learning more about MyCR – quality your way!
We’re Keeping Pace with Trends in Teaching Online
We’re helping the Evergreen Education Group (EEG) track trends in online and blended education as a sponsor for this year’s Keeping Pace Report. EEG’s latest Policy Brief explores teacher licensing issues for online teachers across state lines, and makes suggestions for the creation of an “online teaching specialization,” which would include online teaching professional development.
If you’re interested in professional development with a focus on teaching online, check out our K-12 Introduction to Teaching Online workshop! Facilitated by online teaching experts, this two-week workshop is a great way to learn the basics of teaching online. You’ll learn about teacher and learner roles in the online classroom and why it’s important to properly orient learners in an online course. In addition, you’ll be able to identify best practices in online teaching and the key differences between face-to-face and online learning.
The next K-12 Introduction to Teaching Online workshop, which begins September 16, is $175 for subscribers and $225 for non-subscribers.
Learn more about online teaching in the K-12 Introduction to Teaching Online workshop.
Don’t forget the K-12 Publisher Reviewer Update!
You may have been notified that we’ve revised the former QM Grades 6-12 Publisher Rubric 2013 Edition. The new QM K-12 Publisher Rubric, Third Edition was released June 1, 2014. We’ve implemented 7 essential Standards and added clarification to many Standards and Annotations.
If you hold the K-12 Publisher Reviewer role or if you completed the K-12 Publisher Reviewer course before June 1, 2014, you should complete the online K-12 Publisher Reviewer Update. The free, online, self-paced K-12 Publisher Rubric Update, which should take 1 to 2 hours to complete, is mandatory for all K-12 Publisher reviewers.
To enroll in this free update:
- Login to MyQM
- Select the “K-12 Publisher Program” tab
- Select “Workshop-Register” from the left navigation menu
- Choose “Register for Rubric Update“
When prompted for payment information, choose “Institution” and “Invoice.” There is no fee for this training.
IMPORTANT: This course is now a training requirement for submitting a K-12 Publisher Reviewer Application if you completed the K-12 Publisher Reviewer Course prior to June 1, 2014. For individuals currently holding the K-12 Publisher Reviewer role, your K-12 Publisher Reviewer role will be removed if you have not completed this course by December 31, 2014. Additionally, you may not serve on a K-12 Publisher course review until you have completed this course.
Online Course Design: Prime Time for an Instructional Designer
If you’re in a district making the transition to online learning and are looking for help designing online courses, or you’re an instructional designer looking to network with other instructional designers, the online course design experts in QM’s Instructional Designers Association (QM-IDA) can help!
What’s the QM-IDA, you ask? A group of instructional designers affiliated with QM interested in creating and maintaining an interactive community space where instructional design professionals can network, learn, research, collaborate and share best practices.
Learn more about the QM-IDA.
Questions? E-mail us.