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July 21, 2022

July HE Newsletter: Returning Member Spotlight, #QMConnect, Increase Engagement, Rubric Revision

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A higher education version of the Quality Matters newsletter.

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Higher Education News

July, 2022

Working Hard in Paradise
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Hawai’i Pacific University has some ambitious goals: They’re rolling out a group of new online Masters- and Doctorate-level programs, plus they need to improve their existing courses…all while working to support their faculty, consisting of instructors with varying experience in online delivery. 

So they hired Katalin K. Wargo, Ph.D., as Director of Online Programs & Academic Partnerships, to re-engage with QM and use the QM Rubric and course reviews to improve courses, assist with professional development…and most of all, create the best online experience for learners.


Low-Stakes Assessments Increase Engagement
The pandemic has done a number on learners. Educators are finding “a stunning level of student disconnection” and disengagement. Students are “checked out, stressed out and unsure of their future.” So, what are we to do about it?

Educators need to ensure there’s a reason and a need — a clear alignment between learning materials and outcomes — for students to interact and engage. Sounds like a big job, but we have a quick tip: use low-stakes formative assessments. This technique can help students stay engaged now, then perform better on final exams and other high-stakes assessments

Examples of low-stakes assessments can include peer assessment, staged-assignments, weekly quizzes or check-ins, self-reflections, Q&A, writing prompts, review homework, and more.

The Work is Just Beginning
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A foundational base of quality assurance is continuous improvement. In that spirit, we kick off the revision process that will result in the QM Higher Education Rubric, Seventh Edition. 

The Seventh Edition will focus on research-supported updates, feedback from the QM Community survey, broader application to different online modalities, a deeper focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, and much more. Our 16-member expert committee — nominated by the QM community — began the revision process work this month, and is planning for a release in July 2023.

Learn more >>

Early Bird Pricing Ends August 19
QM Connect Conference November 6 – 9
Tucson, ArizonaFull conference Early Bird pricing for members is just $695 per person.

$50 off per person for groups of five or more.

Pre-conference workshops are available at $150 for half day sessions or $300 for full-day sessions.

QM Connect is drawing closer, and our Early Bird pricing — $90 savings per person — ends August 19. Presentation sessions such as Scaling Up Quality: A Five-Year-Plan for QM Professional Development at a Large Public University and Course Design Considerations for Inclusion and Representation are part of the full lineup, and more sessions are being added daily. Special highlights include:

  • Tuesday Keynote — Getting Better at Getting Better: The Role of Change Management in Quality Assurance, by M.J.Bishop, Ed.D., Vice President for Integrative Learning Design, University of Maryland Global Campus – Dr. Bishop will discuss the transformation of teaching and learning and how it needs to be
    anchored in these attributes and centered on a definition of quality that considers quality and equity as two sides of the same coin.
  • Newcomer Breakfast — New to Quality Matters? You don’t want to miss this. No charge, but you do need to register.
  • Sunday Evening Reception — Kick the conference off right by mingling and networking with your fellow attendees and QM staff. Sign up during registration for $25.

Find out more about QM Connect 2022, including all of the informative, interactive sessions you have come to expect from a QM conference on our event website. To secure your spot at QM Connect 2022 — and get the best rate — register for the conference today.

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Please join us in congratulating the following Higher Education, Publisher and Continuing & Professional Education members for having one or more courses recently QM-Certified.

View More QM-Certified Courses >>

  • A T Still University of Health Sciences
  • Appalachian State University
  • Arizona State University-Tempe
  • Athens State University
  • Austin Community College District
  • Austin Peay State University
  • California State University-East Bay
  • Cameron University
  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • Century College (MN)
  • Clark College
  • Clemson University
  • Cleveland Community College
  • Columbia Southern University
  • Delaware County Community College
  • Dyersburg State Community College
  • East Carolina University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Frederick Community College
  • Gaston College
  • Georgia Highlands College
  • Germanna Community College
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Idaho State University
  • Indiana University-Southeast
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Kettering College
  • Laredo College
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • North Park University
  • Northeastern State University
  • Prairie View A & M University
  • Rogers State University
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Rutgers University
  • Salisbury University
  • San Jose State University
  • South Texas College
  • Southern Union State Community College
  • Texas A & M International University
  • The University of Findlay
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Towson University
  • Treasure Valley Community College
  • Troy University
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Florida
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • University of Toledo
  • University of West Florida
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Hands-on Labs
Welcome New Members
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  • Andrews ISD Teacher Academy
  • Avila University
  • iteachTEXAS
  • Laramie County Community College
  • Marywood University
  • Mineral Area College
  • Moberly Area Community College
  • NHTI-Concord’s Community College
  • Oglala Lakota College
  • Rice University, Glasscock School of Continuing Education
  • Universidad Catolica de Valencia San Vincente Martir
  • University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College
  • University of Pretoria

Learn More About QM Membership >>

Virtual sessions of the Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop available in August and September! Complete the workshop in one full day or two half days instead of the usual two weeks.

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