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In This Issue The State of QM A Fantastic Voyage: The 6th Annual QM Conference iNACOL Online and Blended Learning Symposium Celebrate National Distance Learning Week Blended Learning Success Survey
K-12 Introduction to Teaching Online Workshop
If your district is moving toward online or blended learning, we can help! The K-12 Introduction to Teaching Online workshop, facilitated by online teaching experts, is a two-week window into the the basics of teaching online. The workshop emphasizes teacher and learner roles in the online classroom and why it’s important to properly orient learners in an online course. You’ll also learn to identify best practices in online teaching and important differences between face-to-face and online learning.
Upcoming 2014 Workshop Dates
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Ron Legon Delivers “State of QM” Address at 6th Annual Conference
“Our reputation in and engagement with the K-12 community is gaining momentum with subscriptions and QM activities in 21 states,” said QM Executive Director Ron Legon, Ph.D., during his State of QM address at the 6th Annual QM Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. QM’s growing community of 850 subscribing institutions – 50 of which have committed to multi-year QM implementation plans – and the 35,000 faculty and other professionals who have taken advantage of QM’s ever-expanding professional development offerings speak to its tremendous growth.
Growing public acceptance of online and blended education is evidenced in the increased use of online tools in technology-assisted, blended and fully-online courses.
Read more on the State of QM.
A Fantastic Voyage: The 6th Annual QM Conference
We’re pleased you joined us aboard ship at the 6th Annual QM Conference in Baltimore. Thanks to you, the Conference was a success! There was a great sense of camaraderie overall, but most notably amongst our K-12 QM community. We shared best practices in K-12 online learning, touching on both design and delivery. We heard amazing stories from our QM subscribers in the field, and shared conversations which will help us further online learning initiatives as we bring what we learned back to our local school systems. As our K-12 QM contingency grows, we hope to have even more opportunities for sharing, learning and networking with one another next year in San Antonio!
Making a Difference for Students Awards
Congratulations to the 2014 QM Making a Difference for Students Award winners. The awards recognize the efforts of individuals and institutions exemplifying QM’s focus on student learning.
Outstanding Impact by an Individual: Reba-Anna Lee, Marist College
(l to r) Christine Voelker, Reba-Anna Lee, Melissa Poole
Outstanding Impact by an Organization: New Mexico State University – Alamogordo
(l to r) Christine Voelker, Melissa Poole, Dr. Ryan Carstens, Sherrell Wheeler, Kathy Roark-Diehl, Dr. Christine Trapp, Gary Bond
Patti Huber, Madison Area Technical College, saw clearly why her time at sea with QM was so valuable.
We’ll See You at iNACOL’s Online and Blended Learning Symposium
iNACOL’s Blended and Online Learning Symposium is just three weeks away!
Christine Voelker, QM’s K-12 Program Director, will present two sessions at the Blended and Online Learning Symposium, “Powering Personalized Learning” November 4-7 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. The first, “Preparing Teachers for Success in K-12 Online and Blended Contexts: Research from the Field“, is a panel discussion being held 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 5. Panelists will examine the needs of K-12 online/blended teachers as well as strategies for preparation and professional development. The second, “Climbing the Vendor Vine: Finding the Right Online Course Content“, is Thursday, November 6 from 2 p.m to 3 p.m. ET. Chris will discuss third-party online and blended course content and how to ensure it aligns with your course content standards.
The Evergreen Education Group’s 2014 Keeping Pace report, which tracks online and blended learning policy and practice across all 50 states, will be released at the iNACOL Symposium. The session will feature report highlights, including the latest numbers, graphics, state policy and program trends. QM is honored to be one of the 2014 report’s sponsors.
Celebrate National Distance Learning Week with QM
We’re excited to celebrate National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) beginning Monday, November 10! This year we’re “Helping Learners Be Successful“.
The eLearning Marketplace is a free, searchable database for the QM community. You’ll learn to search for and add tools and products you use and might recommend to others.
We’re also offering three low-cost one-hour web conferencing workshops during NDLW. These highly interactive sessions offer opportunities to create takeaways you’ll use right away. Each workshop is $25 for subscribers and $40 for non-subscribers. All times Eastern.
Wednesday, November 12 will feature “Helping Learners Track Their Progress“, where you will explore how to add activities to your courses, enabling learners to take ownership of their learning. You’ll create a “practice” activity you can use immediately in your online or blended course.
On Thursday, November 13, we’ll present “Creating Captioned Videos“, where you’ll explore how to use YouTube and Amara to quickly and easily add closed captioning to videos and animations.
Join QM as we celebrate the growth and accomplishments in distance education during National Distance Learning Week.
Evergreen Education, Christensen Institute Launch Blended Learning Success Survey
The Evergreen Education Group and Christensen Institute are launching a project to find and publicize examples of success in blended learning. The short 10- to 15-minute survey, which will remain open until Sunday, October 19, seeks:
- Examples from regular traditional public schools and districts, not including specialized schools or charter schools.
- Blended learning implementations that can demonstrate improvements in outcomes based on student achievement as determined by assessments, course grades, or other measures.
- A range of implementation types, geographic areas, student populations, grade levels, and subject areas.Read more and join other educators in publicizing examples of student success in blended learning.
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