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August 22, 2019

QM K-12 News: The New Rubric, Resources for the New School Year, New Opportunities, and More!

An item from Quality Matters.  Pay particular attention to the new course design standards.

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K-12 Online & Blended Learning Newsletter

August 2019

Putting Quality Assurance Into Practice
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After months of hard work and intense review, the Quality Matters K-12 Rubric, Fifth Edition, will be released on September 9. Thanks to the passion and extensive knowledge of the Rubric Committee, the Fifth Edition promises to advance your work to create online learning environments that support student success. Rubric Committee member Candice McPherson explains, “One of the most valuable guideposts of the Rubric is the Annotations, which give detailed examples and scenarios that allow reviewers and course designers to envision what a Standard looks like in action. The revised Rubric will have an even greater impact because of the extensive work the Rubric Committee applied in clarifying and updating the Annotations.”

Discover what else is new and how to best use the Rubric with these resources:

  1. Rubric Update — From now through January 31, 2020, a free, self-paced Rubric Update session is available to all K-12 QM members. While we encourage all members to participate, the Rubric Update is required for the following QM roles — Course Reviewers, Master Reviewers, Online Facilitators, Face-to-Face Facilitators, and Course Review Managers. It is also highly recommended for QM Coordinators. Register for the Rubric Update today. After January 31, there will be a $50.00 fee to take the session.
  2. Workbook Pre-orders — Be one of the first to receive the new K-12 Rubric Workbook, Fifth Edition. It contains BOTH the K-12 and the K-12 Publisher Standards and Annotations. Use the QM website to pre-order Workbooks for delivery after September 9.
  3. NSQ Webinar — Get a sneak peek at the National Standards for Quality Online Courses during a free webinar — August 28 at 3 p.m. Find out how the revision was carried out, and what it means for you and your work with the Quality Matters K-12 Rubric. Register today!
Resources for the New School Year
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With the new school year just getting underway — or about to — many of you are looking for ideas, tools and resources to help you deliver on your online promise and create quality learning experiences for your students. Here are some stories from the K-12 community that can help:

These are just a few examples of the many outstanding resources that the QM community shared this year. See more in the Quality Matters Resource Center and the K-12 Newsletter Archives.

Find Your ‘Aha’ Moment
QM Connect ConferenceOctober 27 – 30, 2019 Grapevine, Texas
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From the pre-conference workshops to the keynote presentation to the town hall meeting, you’ll find countless sources of inspiration at this year’s QM Connect Conference. But it is often in the breakout sessions where the ‘eureka’ moments happen. That was certainly the case for Dr. Meghan Roe and Linda Ayres from Launch, who changed their course of action after attending a presentation by Michigan Virtual. So, which session at this year’s conference will resonate with you? Options include:

Dozens of energizing sessions and countless sources of motivation are waiting for you at QM Connect. All you have to do is register. But don’t wait. Register for the conferencebefore the registration fee increases on September 13.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know
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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average K-12 brick-and-mortar class has 16 students. The number for online K-12 classes is not so cut and dry. Online class size can vary greatly, with some schools reportedly enrolling as many as 275 students per class. But does that create an ideal learning environment for online students? That’s one of the questions researchers are looking to answer as they explore ideal online class size.


Opportunities to Present in 2020
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Presenting at a QM conference offers many benefits. It provides a platform to showcase the important work you are doing. It can help inform your own quality assurance efforts. And it can open the door to additional opportunities. Just ask Jon Oestreich, Kirsten Wilson, Annette Walaszek, and Jennifer Kolar-Burden. This foursome, who represent virtual programs from Wisconsin, Arkansas and Illinois, was asked to present a QM Success Stories webinar following their presentation.

Now it’s your turn. Share your ideas, experiences or research at one of two 2020 QM Regional Conferences:

  1. April 2-3, 2020: QM West Regional Conference at California State University, Fullerton, CA — Call for proposals opens August 28. The theme is Reaching for Student Success
  2. April 23-24, 2020: QM East Regional Conference at Berkeley College, New York City, NY — Call for proposals opens September 16. The theme is Reimagining Quality Pathways.
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Please join us in congratulating the following K-12 Secondary and Publisher members for having one or more courses recently QM-Certified:

Michigan Virtual
North Carolina Virtual Public School

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Welcome New Members
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Help the K-12 community fight evil course design. Vote up our K-12 Team’s SXSW EDU 2020 Panel Picker Session — Reviewers to the Rescue: QA in Online Learning.

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Online Learning News – August 21, 2019 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – Le 21 août 2019

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15 Key Technology and Tools for Online Learning

Use these 15 Contact North I Contact Nord resources for key information, practical advice and new insights on emerging technologies and practices. 


Developing Open Educational Resources in French and English for Students of Organic Chemistry at the University of Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Alison Flynn at the University of Ottawa collaborated with the Centre for Innovative Pedagogies and Digital Learning of the Teaching and Learning Support Service to create open and online tools in both English and French. Students use the tools to learn at their own pace, receive accurate feedback in real-time and improve their metacognitive skills. They can also identify and address their strengths and weaknesses in understanding organic.


Read Dr. Tony Bates’ Latest Blog Post

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How to remove the barriers to innovation in higher education and online learning


Discover 21 Resources to Deliver Successful Learning Experiences for Students

Teaching online requires rethinking course design, incorporating strategies on pedagogy, student support, engagement and retention to deliver successful learning experiences for students.

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How to Teach Online for Student Success

Facilitating Student Engagement and Retention


Blended Learning in Adult Education

AlphaPlus supports literacy workers through the use of blended learning approaches via technology coaching services, face-to-face and online training, and tech support. AlphaPlus’ position paper, Blended Learning in Adult Education, describes blended learning, its benefits and how adult basic education programs can be (re)conceptualized using a blended learning approach to best support learner success.

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Read the French version here.


Must-Read Books on Online Learning

Assessment Edition

Books to inspire and guide those committed to the development, expansion and improvement of online learning using innovations in assessment.

For Faculty and Instructors

Innovative Assessment in Higher Education: A Handbook for Academic Practitioners [2nd Edition] 

For Instructional Designers

Improving Student Engagement and Development through Assessment: Theory and practice in higher education

For Policy-Makers and Administrators

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in Higher Education

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15 technologies et outils essentiels pour l’apprentissage en ligne

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La création de ressources éducatives libres en français et en anglais pour les étudiantes et les étudiants du programme de chimie organique à l’Université d’Ottawa, Canada

Professeure Alison Flynn de l’Université d’Ottawa a collaboré avec l’équipe du Centre d’innovation pédagogique et d’apprentissage numérique du Service d’appui à l’enseignement et à l’apprentissage dans le but de créer des outils numériques libres en français et en anglais. Les étudiantes et les étudiants utilisent ces outils dans le but d’apprendre à leur propre rythme, afin de recevoir une rétroaction précise en temps réel et pour améliorer leurs compétences métacognitives. Ils et elles sont à même de comprendre leur degré d’aisance avec les multiples concepts de chimie organique et, au besoin, de palier à leurs lacunes. 


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L’enseignement en ligne exige que l’on repense la conception des cours de manière à intégrer des stratégies pédagogiques, à soutenir les étudiantes et étudiants, à améliorer leur engagement et leur rétention, ce qui permet de leur procurer des expériences d’apprentissage réussies.

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Stratégies d’enseignement en ligne qui favorisent la réussite

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L’apprentissage mixte en éducation des adultes

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AECT’s Graduate Student Assembly invites you to join us on August 22nd at 3 pm EDT for a webinar “Design and Research Guidelines for Diverse Makerspaces.” Learn from four experts who have designed and conducted extensive research on makerspaces. They will share experiences from their projects, and insights on different types of makerspaces in a variety of contexts, as well as how research can inform the design of makerspaces. Come learn about the benefits makerspaces have for education, how to design makerspaces for a specific audience, how to assess learning in these environments, and how to address the challenges that come with makerspaces. We hope you can join us!

* Dr. Jennifer Weible (Central Michigan University)
* Dr. Gabriella Richard (Penn State University)
* Dr. Xun Ge (University of Oklahoma)
* Mr. Will Ashley (Coast Episcopal School)

* Bret Staudt Willet (Michigan State University)
* Sonia Tiwari (Penn State University)

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Are you exploring the use of virtual reality (VR) to support learning? Consider submitting your manuscript to the International Journal of Smart Technology and Learning . For this special issue we define VR as any technology that provides its users with an interactive computer-generated experience through text, audio, visual, spatial and/or speed messages within a simulated environment that engages its users in multi-sensory interactions and reactions for learning. By this definition, augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), hybrid reality and extended reality (XR) are included. Initial proposal submissions are due by September 15, 2019. Additional submission information and notes for authors can be found at . Questions can be directed to guest co-editors Charles Xiaoxue Wang, or Michele Stork,


AECT’s new e-brochure is now available. Please share the link below with your colleagues and students. As the AECT network expands, the power of the networking grows!


AECT is looking for a series of one or more literature research summaries in the following areas:

  1. Virtual Reality
  2. Micro Learning
  3. Mobile Learning
  4. E-Learning
  5. Learning Analytics
  6. Augmented Reality
  7. Artificial Intelligence

If you have a recent (within the last 12 months) summary and are willing to share the information please let Phil Harris ( ) know. We are putting together a series of Research Summaries that can be used by scholars and researchers. We also have a request from our NATO partnership for this kind of publication. Exceptionally well-done literature summaries will be considered for publication in TechTrends as a peer-reviewed “Brief Communication.” Let us hear from you!


Connect with educational technology educators in Egypt as part of the AECT delegation, December 1-6, 2019. Led by Dr. Trey Martindale, AECT President, the program will give you a unique opportunity to learn about the state of STEM and educational technology in this developing country in the heart of the Middle East. ​ Click here to read the full brochure . September 1 is the deadline to enroll.


Call for Papers – International Joint Conference on Information, Media and Engineering (IJCIME2019), December 17 – 19, 2019, Osaka, Japan

In response to a plethora of innovative, diverse, and interdisciplinary research related to information and digital media technologies, International Joint Conference on Information, Media and Engineering (IJCIME2019) welcomes proposals, due August 31, 2019 . Papers presented at this forum are expected to be new research findings on a wide variety of topics related to information, media, and engineering, including the emerging areas of data visualization, artificial intelligence, robotics and augmented, virtual and mixed realities, and converging themes between media and engineering. The 2018 IJCIME proceedings was published through IEEE CPS, and indexed by EI (Engineering Index), CPCI (Conference Proceedings Citation Index), and IEEE Xplore. Papers also have the options to be published at International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (ISSN: 1539-3100),  Modern Education Technology (ISSN: 1009-8097), and Open Education Research (ISSN: 1007-2179). More details about the CFP and IJCIME2019 can be found at:


Proposals are now being accepted through September 30th for the 2020 AECT-INDIA Summer International Research Symposium, which will take place June 16-18, 2020 in Kochi, Kerala, India. Details can be found at 


The conference program for eLearning Africa 2019 , which will take place October 23 – 25, 2019 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, is now available online . Please contact Rebecca Stromeyer,  for additional information.

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E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Another item from the UW-Stout folks.

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program

Last chance to enroll. EDUC 763 Instructional Design for Online Learning

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 12:15 PM PST

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Enroll Now:  EDUC 763 Instructional Design for Online Learning

For new online instructors seeking training in online instructional strategies and taught by Dr. Susan Manning, a national award winning online instructor. Training begins August 28th.

Course Description

Learn how to create online courses that work efficiently. By understanding how people learn and how to design the experience conceptually and aesthetically, you can shape an effective and engaging learning experience.
The course also addresses blended learning environments, synchronous and asynchronous concerns, the use of a variety of media such as video and audio along with accessibility concerns, and effective evaluation of online course design.
This course focuses on instructor-led and facilitated methods more than self-paced/ computer-based training.

You will

  • Write measurable instructional objectives.
  • Generate assessment ideas for online or blended course.
  • Select tools and strategies that support engagement.
  • Apply principles of brain processing.
  • Evaluate best practices in design.
  • Incorporate universal design and accessibility principles.
  • Design with Horton’s three types of activities: absorb, do, connect.
  • Design conceptually powerful curriculum materials.

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Creating Collaborative Communities in ELearning – EDUC 761

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EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Maryruth Hicks 

Summer: June 26 – August 18, 2017

  • Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.
  • There is no registration fee and no program application.
  • E-textbook provided at no additional cost.
  • Includes full access to self-paced video tutorials to help develop course management and other technology skills.

You Will

  • Design orientation activities for the first week in an online course.
  • Manage electronic communications.
  • Recognize characteristics of strong and weak discussion facilitation.
  • Apply facilitation techniques to deepen critical thinking.
  • Analyze, assess, and encourage learner participation in online discussions.
  • Demonstrate collaboration in online environments.
  • Analyze how Web 2.0 “tools” build online and blended community.
  • Represent your understanding of collaborative communities in your professional e-portfolio.


Concepts, methods, and research for creating and facilitating a collaborative online community of practice.

Who Should Enroll

Educators and trainers interested in using blended or fully online delivery for courses or training, or adding web-based components to enhance face-to-face instruction.
Participants may include:
  • Technical and community college instructors (adjunct and full-time)
  • College and university professors (adjunct and full-time)
  • K-12 teachers (blended classrooms and virtual schools)
  • Clinical healthcare educators involved in patient education, healthcare education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
  • Trainers in corporations, professional associations, nonprofit organizations, government, and military
  • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education and continuing education leaders
Enroll in the course to meet your goals for 
  • professional development
  • continuing education
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits to transfer to another university
  • an elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree.
This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program and is the introductory course in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate.
The course is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there is one required live chat session in Week 7. Participants will determine a time that is convenient for all.
This class is essential for those who are interested in a career as an online instructor.
This is not a self-paced course.


An e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.
Lehmann, Kay and Lisa Chamberlin (2009). Making the Move to eLearning: Putting Your Course Online. Rowman & Littlefield Education Publishers. (Paperback) ISBN-13: 978-1-60709-041-0.
If you prefer to read a paperback textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from 
Additional readings and lectures will be available online within the text of each module.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Develop a personal philosophy that reflects learning theory and guides online instruction that creates an environment for reflection, critical thinking, and collaboration.
  2. Analyze the role of the online facilitator and develop strategies to implement, encourage and manage interaction in the online classroom.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate planning considerations, guidelines and procedures to establish a productive, engaging e-learning environment.
  4. Frame critical thinking questions and design discussion prompts that lead to effective learning in the online classroom.
  5. Apply understanding of learner differences when facilitating an online community of practice.
  6. Evaluate application ideas for online discussions using recognized criteria and professional references and apply current research about successful teaching strategies to guide students before, during and after case scenarios, brainstorming, role playing and reaction postings.
  7. Develop a facilitation eportfolio of useful tools, tips, and facilitation techniques as well as the beginnings of 70-30 course preparation developed during the course.

Alignment with Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards, (NETS-T) III, VI
No travel to campus is required. You may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule.


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