Virtual School Meanderings

August 20, 2021

Set Your Students Up for Success on Day One

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 8:03 pm
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A K-12-focused item from the folks at QM.

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Resources for Building Quality

August 2021

Cracking the Course Introduction Video

As students prepare to return to school, there are many questions on their minds, including “Who’s my teacher?” and “How do I get started?”. Help answer these key questions by creating an introduction video. In his article, “Making a First Impression With Your Introduction Videos,” Dr. Steve Crawford highlights the important role introduction videos play in providing students with cues about the course and creating instructor presence.

What does this look like in action? Watch how Pam Shaw — a former teacher from Illinois Virtual School and current QM K-12 Course Review Manager — introduced a course to her students.
For more information on how introduction videos can also help you meet QM Standards, check out the annotations for Specific Review Standards 1.1 T, 1.2 C, and 1.7 C in the QM K-12 Rubric Standards for Course Design.

Don’t have a Rubric Workbook? Members can order one today!

Ready to create your own introduction video but aren’t sure where to start? Check out our timely tips to help you set your students up for success from day one no matter how much — or how little — time you have!

Top 10 K-12 Organizations with QM-Certified Courses

  • Pearson Online & Blended Learning: 133
  • Edgenuity: 91
  • Edmentum: 76
  • Michigan Virtual: 58
  • North Carolina Virtual Public School: 47
  • Strongmind: 46
  • Founders Education: 16
  • Graduation Alliance: 15
  • Brigham Young University Independent Study: 14
  • International Academy of Science: 12
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Learning Opportunities

There will be something for everyone at this fall’s special QM K-12 event! The half-day Q-Up for Digital Quality Conference will feature a number of curated sessions to help you improve the quality of online learning and meet student needs, including:

  • Lessons Learned: Rolling out Online Learning to Elementary Students
  • Ensuring Equity in Middle and High School Learning Environments
  • Prioritizing SEL in the Online Classroom: Tips for Administrators

The conference provides a great professional development opportunity for you and your team. Plus, you may be able to earn up to four CEUs for attending! Registration for the virtual half-day event is only $25. Reserve your spot today.


Check out all our professional development workshops and courses to find the ones that are right for you.

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