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May 28, 2020

Free Webinar — “Academic Continuity Tools: Equipping Faculty, Students, And Their Families For Online Learning

Note this up-coming webinar from the folks at Quality Matters.

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Academic Continuity Tools: Equipping Faculty, Students, and their Families for
Online Learning

Thursday, June 4, 2020 — 2:00 p.m. Eastern

SmarterServices
While education currently looks different, faculty are still teaching and students are still learning. However, the tools they are using are more important than ever. In this free webinar hosted by SmarterServices, you will discover how stakeholders, including faculty, students and corporate partners, are using specific tools to better prepare for learning remotely. You will hear from:

  • A faculty member about the instructional design approaches and applications she is using to create and deliver instruction.
  • A current student about the tools and techniques they are using to stay motivated, organized and engaged in learning.
  • Representatives from SmarterServices and Quality Matters about the validated tools and services they provide to measure learner readiness, foster faculty readiness, prompt academic integrity, and promote quality instructional design.

Planning for academic continuity is now a reality for most institutions — are you as prepared as you could be? Attend this webinar to increase your level of awareness of how teaching and learning in the current environment impacts students, teachers and institutions.

Register Now
Presented By:
Dr. Bethany Simunich is QM’s Director of Research and Innovation. She has worked in higher education for over 20 years and has over 15 years of experience in eLearning research, instructional design and online pedagogy. As QM’s Director of Research and Innovation, she helps provide research-based tools, ideas and solutions to enable individuals and institutions to assess and achieve their quality assurance goals. Her research interests include presence in the online classroom, online student and instructor self-efficacy and satisfaction, and outcomes achievement in online courses.
Mac Adkins
Dr. Mac Adkins is the Founder and Chief Academic Officer for SmarterServices. Under his leadership the company has grown to serve over five million students and 12,000 faculty from over 500 educational institutions. Previously, he held several leadership roles in higher education, including 10 years as a Director/Dean of Distance Education, and has extensive experience teaching online courses. Dr. Adkins also serves as a course reviewer for the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC), where he delivers the Certified Distance Education Instructor program that he authored and designed.
Leigh Clay
Dr. Leigh Clay is a Student Learning Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. Over the years, she has taught online, hybrid and in-person classes, and has grown to recognize and enjoy the uniqueness about each modality. Both of Dr. Clay’s current positions have helped her understand the struggles, joys, misconceptions, and truths about remote learning, allowing her to create and share resources that promote online success for both faculty and students.
Can’t make it? No need to register — because you opened this email, you’ll receive the link to the recording about one week after the webinar.
Quality Matters QM
Quality Matters (QM) is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.
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