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May 19, 2022

Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences & More HE News!

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The higher education focused newsletter from the folks at QM.  I haven’t received the K-12 version for a while, but last time I bothered to check I was still subscribed.

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Higher Education News

May 2022

A Billion Reasons Why Accessibility Matters
Tomorrow, May 19, marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day — a day focused on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people with disabilities and impairments. But what exactly is accessibility? Hint: It’s much more than providing accommodations when needed. Watch as QM member Dr. Chris Smith defines accessibility.

Dr. Chris Smith
Then take a deeper dive with Chris’s additional videos where he discusses his own personal journey as well as design considerations and resources.

To access PDF versions of the transcripts from inside the video player:

  • Navigate to the far bottom-right corner of the video player and locate the button that looks like a two-column box.
  • Hoover over the icon until the “Show Sidebar” tooltip appears.
  • Select “Show Sidebar.”
  • Select the page icon to access the transcript.
You can also select the CC icon to view a searchable version of the captions.

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Maximize Your Summer PD Plans!
Summer is a great time for professional development. But don’t take our word for it. Instead, listen in as Professor Pamela Williams from Miami Dade College shares her experience!
Here are some options to consider:

Your Favorite Conference is Back In Person!
QM Connect Conference It’s time to #QMConnect again!

November 6 – 9, 2022

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort — Tucson, Arizona

Register Now
Registration for the 2022 QM Connect Conference in Tucson, Arizona, is now open…and we are so excited to be in person again! QM Connect provides an exceptional opportunity to interact with other online professionals who are Expanding Possibilities and sharing valuable takeaways on topics such as equity, learning design and engagement. And the networking is incredible!

“I have learned SO many cool things at QM Connect and made a few new friends in the process. I love this QM community! It’s inspiring to be around so many people who care about online education!” — Melissa Walter, University of South Alabama

Get your QM Connect spot — and get the best rate — by registering today. Member pricing starts at $695 for full conference registration. Single-day and group pricing is also available. You can also add pre-conference workshops when you register.

Can’t make it to Tucson? That’s okay! Register for the virtual option instead.  You’ll have access to the keynote, awards ceremony, and 10 other pre-selected sessions. Cost: $100

Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences
course design considerations for inclusion and representation
Dr. Racheal Brooks and Dr. Siobhan Day Grady’s white paper — Course Design Considerations for Inclusion and Representation — is a must-read for online educators today. The implementation of diverse, inclusive, and equitable online course design best practices can transform the learning experience for all members of an online learning community. So what are those best practices? One recommended by Drs. Brooks and Grady is to intentionally align course content and engagement strategies with learners’ lived experiences. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Dive into their white paper to get the strategies you need to create inclusive digital experiences for all learners.
And the Committee Members Are…
Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric Committee. Your commitment to continuous improvement in online education is greatly appreciated. Nominations have been reviewed and the following individuals have been selected to serve on the Committee:

The Committee will collaborate throughout the review process and work to ensure that the QM Higher Education Rubric, Seventh Edition, reflects the gold standard in online course design and the QM community’s experience with best practices. The Committee’s first meeting will take place this month.
Celebration Time!
The Center for Distance Education at the University of Texas Arlington took time last month to recognize and celebrate the university’s QM accomplishments. Faculty were feted. Highlights were shared. And specific programs were honored. QM’s Executive Director Dr. Deb Adair also made a virtual appearance to congratulate all involved on everything they have done — including having 16 courses QM Certified. QM-Certified Peer Reviewers and Master Reviewers as well as Teaching Online Certificate completers were also recognized.
trophy with a red ribbon that says QM Certified
Please join us in congratulating the following Higher Education, Publisher and Continuing & Professional Education members for having one or more courses recently QM-Certified:

A T Still University of Health Sciences
Appalachian State University
Athens State University
Austin Community College District
California State University-East Bay
California State University-Fullerton
Cameron University
Carroll Community College
Central New Mexico Community College
Chamberlain University
Clark College
Clarkson University
Clayton State University
Cleveland Community College
Delaware County Community College
East Carolina University
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
Gaston College
Germanna Community College
Heartland Community College
Hinds Community College
Idaho State University
Indiana University
Indiana University-Southeast
Instituto Profesional IACC
Kent State University System
Kettering College
Laredo College
New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
New Mexico State University-Dona Ana
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
North Park University
Northeastern Illinois University
Polk State College
Research College of Nursing
Reynolds Community College
Southeastern Community College (NC)
Southern Arkansas University Tech
Starkweather Association Services
St. Louis Community College
St. Luke’s College
Texas A & M International University
Treasure Valley Community College
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Florida
University of North Texas Health Science Center
University of Southern Indiana
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

View More QM-Certified Courses >>

Welcome New Members
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Learn More About QM Membership >>

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