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October 20, 2014

Your October CORE Education Newsletter — Tips For Encouraging Your Students & Children To Love Reading, Your GAFE Questions Answered, & More

Beginning the week with one for my Kiwi readers…

For those interested in education. Packed with education news, information, resources and inspiration.
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Kia ora Michael,

Thanks for subscribing to CORE newsletters. We are dedicated to supporting New Zealand’s educators and are passionate about future-focused learning.

What you’ll find in this issue:

  • More free professional development throughout October.
  • How you could win back your ULearn15 conference fee, and other prizes for your school.
  • Your GAFE questions answered.

Feature Article

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ULearn & Connected Educator Month

What was, what is, what’s coming!

Nearly 1700 delegates joined us for ULearn14 in Rotorua this month and enjoyed three days of networking, collaborating and learning.

Vimeo IconWatch: Why this year’s delegates think you should be at ULearn15 next year.

Register your interest in attending ULearn15 by 31 March 2015 to receive exclusive advanced notice of when registrations open, and go in the draw to win your conference fee back!

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Re-imagining learners and learning, teaching practice, leading and leadership
7 – 9 October 2015
SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland

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CEM Term 4 Events

Workshops, book groups, podcasts, discussions, and more…

With at least 25 events on every day, there are more events on the Connected Educator Month calendar than you can probably attend — so use the calendar filters to pick the best pathway for your own professional learning and export them to your diary.

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From the CORE blog

Global Connectedness

No.8 of 10 trends in education

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Watch: Karen Melhuish-Spencer talks about Global Connectedness on the CORE blog.

“Global connectedness can bring us together to share joy, to unearth illegal behaviour, to spotlight political activity, to raise money for charity (ALS Ice Challenge, anyone?). It brings untold benefits while exposing (even amplifying) mob mentality, inequality and injustice. In New Zealand, this global connectedness can also turn cheeky local start-ups into global heavyweights…our challenge as educators is to prepare our learners to not only take advantage of all that this [connectivity] offers, but also to encourage them to question, investigate and act as global citizens”…read this post in full and leave your comments on the CORE blog.

Latest News and Information

11 ways to grow great readers

A parent’s perspective

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blog-dateRead: Rochelle Savage writes about what has worked in her family to encourage a love of reading.

“Children who read a lot, expand their vocabulary, pick up a range of knowledge, and generally do better at school…But how do you encourage a love of reading? Like most things to do with children — sleeping, eating etc, there is no magic one size fits all solution to encourage reading…”read more and leave your comments on the CORE blog.

prize-imageCOMMENT TO WIN

We have five copies of The Three Bears….Sort Of, winner of the NZ Post Children’s Award 2014, to give away to five schools. To be in to win, just make a comment on Rochelle’s blog post telling us:

  • What works for your children and/or students?
  • What gets them excited about reading?
  • The name of the primary school you would like the book to be sent to.

Your GAFE questions answered

On Sound Education podcasts

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Last month, Anaru and Allannah offered to receive your questions about Google Apps. Here is the first of the questions you asked:

“What is the best way to organise your Google Drive? Or find a file in Google Drive?”

Podcast imageListen to Anaru and Allanah’s answer

Download Sound Education podcasts for free on iTunes.
Browse by channel, listen, and download from the Sound Education page.

Other CORE initiatives

For the latest information on:

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Key dates for your diary

1-31 OctoberWorld-wide
Connected Educator Month

24 OctoberHawkes Bay
Anniversary Day


27 OctoberNZ-wide
Labour Day


1 November: Christchurch
TEDx Christchurch 2014: Explore, Dream, Discover


3 NovemberMarlborough
Anniversary Day


4 NovemberChristchurch
Enable Workshop Early Years: Engaging Pasifika fanau/whānau


4 NovemberChristchurch
Breakfast: Modern Pathways to raising Māori achievement


5 NovemberDunedin
Breakfast: Digitising appraisal and inquiry


6 NovemberHamilton
Breakfast: Modern Learning Environments


7 NovemberAuckland
Breakfast: Future-focused: What does that look like in your school?


7 NovemberWellington
Breakfast: Leading learning from the edges using UDL


11 NovemberChristchurch
DigiAwards Awards Ceremony


14 NovemberCanterbury
Anniversary Day


1 DecemberChatham Islands and Westland
Anniversary Day


16 DecemberNZ-wide
Term 4 ends (secondary)


19 DecemberNZ-wide
Term 4 ends (primary)


24 Dec4 JanNZ-wide
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Next Trend:
Gamefication

Learning from gaming: “New approaches of ‘intrinsic integration’ linking the motivational elements of with specific learning activities and outcomes, so that the game-play is both engaging and educationally effective.”
…more details on this trend in the next issue.

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October 19, 2014

Julie Evans Is Now On Twitter!

From Friday’s inbox…  Since when is it announcement-worthy that someone who is in charge of a survey focused on technology in education is on Twitter?  I understand announcing the Twitter chats, but announcing they are on Twitter (and the fact that as of noon today they only had 300-400 followers), says something – doesn’t it?

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Join Julie Evans on Twitter!

Project Tomorrow CEO, Julie Evans, is now on Twitter! She will be hosting THREE Twitter chats over the next few weeks regarding mobile learning, digital content and games in the classroom, and the benefits of blended learning. All chats will take place at 8pm Eastern Time. You can follow Julie at @JulieEvans_PT.

Below you will find all the information you need to join us on Twitter:

Evaluating Mobile Learning Join us on Tuesday, October 21st at 8pm ET to discuss mobile learning

Digital Content and Games in the Classroom Do you use digital content and games in the classroom? Join us on Tuesday, October 28th to discuss!

Blended Learning Benefits What are the benefits of blended learning in schools? Let us know on Thursday, November 6th!

As always, don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Evaluating Mobile Learning

Time: Tuesday, October 21st at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT

While attending the 2014 mEducation Alliance International Symposium, Julie will take content from the event and our report with Kajeet, “Making Learning Mobile: Leveraging Mobile Devices to Transform Teaching and Learning” onto Twitter during the “Evaluating Mobile Learning” Twitter chat. Join her to discuss how schools can use and evaluate mobile learning!

If participating, be sure to use the hashtag #SUchat in your Tweets!

Click here to sign up

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Digital Content and Games in the Classroom

Time: Tuesday, October 28th at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT

Join Julie as she discusses the role of digital content and games in the classroom. Discussion will include findings from our September 2014 report with BrainPOP, “Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students.”

If participating, be sure to use the hashtag #SUchat in your Tweets!

Click here to sign up

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Blended Learning Benefits

Time: Thursday, November 6th at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT

Julie will be hosting a discussion on the benefits of blended learning while she is at the 2014 iNACOL Blended Learning Symposium. During this Twitter chat, she will include topics mentioned at the symposium, as well as data from past Project Tomorrow reports, such as our report, “2013 Trends In Online Learning Virtual, Blended And Flipped Classrooms” with Blackboard K-12.

If participating, be sure to use the hashtag #SUchat in your Tweets!

Click here to sign up

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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Project Tomorrow! Be sure to stay updated on all things Project Tomorrow by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog. Again, don’t forget to follow Julie Evans at @JulieEvans_PT!

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October 18, 2014

[CNIE-L] Colloque REFAD 2015 – Appel de propositions de communications

One for my Francophone readers…

Appel de propositions de communications – Colloque REFAD 2015 (Rappel)

“Les compétences essentielles de l’apprenant en formation à distance”
COLLOQUE DU REFAD – 28 et 29 Mai 2015
Empire Landmark Hotel
1400, rue Robson
Vancouver (Colombie-Britannique)

* La date limite pour la réception des propositions est le 28 novembre 2014.

En collaboration avec le Collège Éducacentre, le Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD www.refad.ca) organise son colloque annuel les 28 et 29 mai 2015 à Vancouver sous le thème Les compétences essentielles de l’apprenant en formation à distance. Ce colloque a pour but de remettre les pendules à l’heure concernant ces compétences essentielles dans un milieu éducatif toujours en changement où les classes inversées côtoient l’apprentissage nomade, les défis de l’évaluation à distance sont toujours bien présents, et où le Web 3.0 se pointe le bout du nez.

Le REFAD est présentement à la recherche de présentateur(trice)s. Nous vous invitons donc à offrir pour ce colloque une présentation de pratiques pédagogiques innovantes touchant le thème principal.

Faites-nous parvenir une proposition d’une page contenant le titre et le résumé de votre communication. Le tout doit être d’une durée de quarante-cinq minutes, incluant la période de questions. Les propositions seront sélectionnées en accordant la priorité à celles qui respecteront le thème.

Pour de l’information supplémentaire sur l’événement ou pour s’inscrire en tant que participant(e) :

http://refad.ca/colloque_2015.html

Pour toute autre information :
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– Guide sur la socialisation en formation à distance www.refad.ca/publications-et-rapports-de-recherche/rapports-de-recherche/guide-sur-la-socialisation-des-etudiants-en-formation-a-distance-au-canada-francophone/

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State of QM Report/QM Conference Follow-Up/iNACOL Symposium/National Distance Learning Week

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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
Meeting Standards
Congratulations to the following organizations who recently had courses meet QM standards:
Algebra I
English 11 A/B
English 12 A/B
Integrated Math 2
Algebra I v17.2
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.

 

You can register for the next K-12 Introduction to Teaching Online workshop, which begins November 11. It is $175 for subscribers and $225 for non-subscribers.

Upcoming 2014 Workshop Dates

 

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Ron Legon Delivers “State of QM” Address at 6th Annual Conference

6th Annual Conference button “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

cruise-ship2.jpgWe’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

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(l to r) Christine Voelker, Reba-Anna Lee, Melissa Poole

Outstanding Impact by an Organization: New Mexico State University – Alamogordo

NMSUA QM Award winners

(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.

Jeff Kaplan, Director, Partner Relations, ProctorFree writes that community was an important element of the Conference.

Keith O’Neal, who tweets at @iTeachLipscomb, wrote about all the Twitter activity that occurred at the #qmconf hashtag during the Conference.

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s conference, be sure to check out the keynote address, Conference selfies, and presentations!

We’ll See You at iNACOL’s Online and Blended Learning Symposium

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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.

Visit QM at booth 413 during the Blended Learning Symposium and learn how we can help with online and blended course design and professional development in your district!

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week with QM

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We’re excited to celebrate National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) beginning Monday, November 10! This year we’re “Helping Learners Be Successful“.

We’ll start the celebration Monday, November 10 with the launch of QM’s eLearning Marketplace. The free, 1/2 hour eLearning Marketplace webinar is at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET.

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.

Register for the 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. eLearning Marketplace webinar being held Monday, November 10.

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.

Tuesday, November 11 will feature “Communicating New Policies for Online Learners“, where you’ll create a netiquette policy and an attendance policy, and locate the privacy policy for a tool you’re currently using in your online or blended course.

Register for the 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. session.

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.

Register for the 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. session.

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.

Register for the 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. session.

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
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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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Ron Legon Delivers State of QM Address During 6th Annual Conference

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“Quality Matters is continuing to grow and strengthen its stature as the leading quality assurance resource for online course design,” said Ron Legon, Ph.D., Executive Director, Quality Matters, during the State of QM address delivered during the 6th Annual QM Conference. “Our professional development offerings continue to expand, and have reached
more than 35,000 faculty and academic professionals.”

 

Dr. Legon also pointed to “a steadily increasing number and variety of third-party providers in higher education turning to QM to improve and validate their products” as cause for celebration, considering that “public acceptance of online learning is greater than ever.”
The introduction of a flexible tool, My Custom Reviews

(MyCR) allows schools to combine QM standards with other institutional standards to build unique new rubrics.

 

Read more about the state of QM.

Welcome Back from Your 6th Annual Conference Voyage

Thanks for joining us on the Good Ship QM during the 6th Annual Conference! Thanks to you, the Conference was a success! The camaraderie among the QM community and willingness to share best practices touching on both design and delivery were some of the Conference highlights. We heard amazing stories from QM subscribers and shared conversations that will help us further online learning initiatives as we return to our institutions and organizations. We hope to have more exciting opportunities for sharing, learning and networking next year in San Antonio!

 

Making a Difference for Students Awards

Congratulations to the 2014 Making a Difference for Students Award winners. The awards recognize the efforts of individuals and institutions that exemplify QM’s focus on student learning.

 

Outstanding Impact by an Individual: Reba-Anna Lee, Marist College

QM Award RebaAnnaLee 2014
(l to r) Christine Voelker, Reba-Anna Lee, Melissa Poole

Outstanding Impact by an Organization: New Mexico State University – Alamogordo
NMSUA QM Award winners

(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.
Jeff Kaplan, Director, Partner Relations, ProctorFree writes that community was an important element of the Conference.
Keith O’Neal, who tweets at @iTeachLipscomb, wrote about all the Twitter activity that occurred at the #qmconf hashtag during the Conference.
Don’t forget to take a look at the Conference keynote, presentations and selfie contest entries!

Professional Development Can Improve Your Courses
If you are an educator interested in learning more about online teaching and improving course accessibility, QM’s professional development workshops offer a number of opportunities to do just that. Two-week, online, facilitated workshops are available at convenient times for you. Register now for the following workshops:
Addressing Accessibility workshop icon Addressing Accessibility and Usability (Standard 8) (start date 10/23) provides detailed information about accessibility, usability, readability and how to design courses with all these topics in mind. Information is provided on Universal Design for Learning, challenges learners may encounter, creating accessible content and designing courses that can be easily navigated.

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Connecting Learner Objectives and Assessments (Standards 2 & 3) (start date 10/30) helps participants draw connections between learning objectives and the assessments that measure those learning objectives. You’ll also receive tools that will help you make those connections more apparent to students.

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week with QM 
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We’re excited to celebrate National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) beginning Monday, November 10! This year we’re Helping Learners Be Successful.
We’re kicking off the week by introducing the all-new eLearning Marketplace with a free webinar on Monday, November 10. The 1/2 hour webinar is at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET.
The eLearning Marketplace is a free, searchable database for the QM community. You’ll learn how to search for and add tools and products you use and might recommend to others.
Register for the 10 a.m. ET or 6 p.m. ET eLearning Marketplace webinar.
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 of the three workshops is $25 for subscribers and $40 for non-subscribers.

 

Tuesday, November 11 will feature “Communicating New Policies for Online Learners“, where you will create a netiquette policy and an attendance policy, and locate the privacy policy for a tool you’re currently using in your online or blended course.

Register for the 10 a.m. ET or 6 p.m. ET session.

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.

Register for the 10 a.m. ET or 6 p.m. ET session.
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.
Register for the 10 a.m. ET or 6 p.m. ET session.
Join us as we celebrate the growth and accomplishments in distance education during NDLW November 10-14!

Southeast Missouri State University to Require QM Certification for Online Courses

Southeast Missouri State University logoSoutheast Missouri State University will now require its online courses to be QM-Certified, according to a statement released by the university.

 

Southeast Missouri State University’s Board of Regents affirmed a schedule that calls for its Wintersession 2016 (December 2015) and online Summer 2016 courses to be QM-Certified. All online courses from Wintersession 2017 (December 2016) forward must be QM-Certified.

 

“Our goal is to only have internally Quality Matters-reviewed courses offered during Wintersession 2016, and that all online courses from December 2016 forward will be Quality Matters reviewed,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, President, Southeast Missouri State University. “We are confident we can achieve this academic program quality goal.”

 

Read more.

In This Issue
Ron Legon Reports on the State of QM
Southeast Missouri State to Require QM Certification
Improve Course Quality with Professional Development
Celebrate National Distance Learning Week
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Making Quality Happen Through a QM Internal Review Process
QM Success Stories webinars are designed exclusively for subscribers and presented by your colleagues. These free webinars offer participants unique opportunities to hear subscribers discuss QM implementation and course design that meets QM Standards.
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(clockwise below beginning top left) Sherrell Wheeler, Rob Klinger, Kathy Roark-Diehl and Gary Bond, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo will present “Making Quality Happen Through A QM Internal Review ProcessThursday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Register for the “Making Quality Happen” webinar.
QMSS Facilitators
The next webinar in the QM Success Stories series is Tuesday, November 18 and will be facilitated by Diana Schwerha, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Russ College of Engineering, Ohio University.
Join your colleagues at the next QM Success Stories webinar and learn how QM helped their institutions.
Deb Adair to Present “Virtually the Same, but Worlds Apart” at Wright State University
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Deb Adair, Ph.D., Quality Matters’ Managing Director and Chief Planning Officer, will present “Virtually the Same, but Worlds Apart” beginning at 9 a.m. at Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Wednesday, November 5. Part of the Women in Business Networking’s (WiBN) Winstitute Leadership Series, Dr. Adair will share her secrets of leading a global workforce in a hyper-connected world. The event is $35 for Better Business Bureau-Accredited Businesses and Charities and WiBN members and $45 for non-members.
Don’t Forget to Complete the Rubric Update

The online Rubric Update is available for free to the QM community. It explains the differences between the 2011-13 Rubric and the Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014. Registration is required. You can register for the Rubric Update using your MyQM login.

  1. Log in to MyQM
  2. Select the Higher Education tab
  3. Select the “Workshop – Register” menu
  4. Select “Register for Rubric Update

If you hold a role with Quality Matters, including Peer Reviewer, Master Reviewer, or Certified Facilitator, you will have to complete the Rubric Update by November 30, 2014 to maintain your role.

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