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March 14, 2019

Your Webinar Recording + More Ways to Meet QM Standards

From yesterday’s inbox…

Tools & Resources to Create
Quality Courses

Thank you for your interest in QM Course Design Reviews and meeting Quality Matters Standards. The recording for the webinar “Meeting Quality Matters Standards with SoftChalk” is now available.

During the webinar, the presenters explained how a QM review can help ensure that you are creating high-quality learning environments and setting your learners up for success. They also shared how SoftChalk has helped them meet QM Standards during reviews. For a refresher, please view Harford Community College’s presentation and Athens State University’s presentation. Then, check out these other resources that can help:

Put Engagement to Work in Courses

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Set learners up for success by creating and sustaining engaging learning environments. Learn how in the Using Instructional Materials & Technology to Promote Learner Engagement workshop. During the two-week workshop, you’ll discover how course materials and technology can be put to work to support learner outcomes. The next session starts May 30, 2019.

Make Your Courses Accessible for All Learners

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Help all learners succeed by designing courses that are accessible to everyone. Find out how in the Addressing Accessibility and Usability workshop. In the two-week workshop, Universal Design for Learning, challenges learners may encounter, creating accessible content, and designing accessible course navigation are all covered. The next session starts April 18, 2019.

See What Your Learners See

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Examine your course design through the eyes of the learner with one of several QM review options. Choose from Self-ReviewsPreparatory Reviews and QM Official Reviews to see if you are on track for meeting QM Standards and achieving QM Certification. Your learners will thank you!
Quality Matters offers a host of tools and resources to help you meet QM Standards and create quality learning environments that contribute to student success. Explore all of our professional development and course review options to find the one that is right for you. And If you’d like more information about SoftChalk, contact learnmore@softchalk.com.
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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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March 12, 2019

Have You Made An Impact On Student Learning?

Another item from yesterday’s inbox…

Celebrate Impact & Leadership

Nominations are now open for the 2019 “Making a Difference for Students” QM Awards.

Each year, the QM community celebrates individuals and institutions that have led the way in improving online education. If you’ve made an impact on student learning through your quality assurance efforts — and have examples with data points to share — we think you should be rewarded!

Nominations are open in three categories:

  • Outstanding Impact by an Individual in Higher Education
  • Outstanding Impact by a Higher Education Organization
  • Outstanding Impact by a K–12 Individual or Organization

Take a look at our award criteria and get examples of what we mean by outstanding impact. Then, submit your nomination form by May 3.

Know someone else who should win a QM award? You can forward this email to them.

Reasons to submit for a QM award:

  • Gain recognition for your hard work and commitment to quality — you deserve it
  • Bring more credibility to the investment you’ve made in quality assurance
  • Help other educators see why this work is so important and motivate them to take action

Ready to take the next step? Get more details on the awards and how to submit a nomination. Or contact us if you need further help.

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Ron Legon Leadership Award

This prestigious awardrecognizes visionary, innovative leaders who have had a significant impact on online education quality assurance policy or practice in higher education, K–12, publishing, or continuing education. See theaward criteria and submit a nomination by May 3.

I want to tell you that I am deeply honored to be this year’s award recipient. In part because this comes from MarylandOnline…but especially because it’s coming from Quality Matters.

— Dr. Michael J. Offerman, President Emeritus, Capella University and 2018 Award Recipient

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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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March 9, 2019

Revised K-12 National Standards For Quality Online Teaching and Programs Released By Quality Matters And The Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance

This press release was sent to me yesterday.

The broad-based effort to create updated, flexible standards reflecting current best practices that contribute to student success provides a new foundation to build quality online learning experiences for K-12 students

Annapolis, MD (PRUnderground) March 5th, 2019

A decade after the release of the National Standards for Quality Online Programs, the standards, along with the National Standards for Online Teaching, were updated to provide online K-12 schools, districts and programs with a new foundation for building quality online learning experiences.

The effort was led by Quality Matters (QM) and the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA), who joined forces to continue the important work that iNACOL began. “The National Standards for Quality Online Courses and Online Teaching Standards, built on the research and work on online course and teaching quality standards published originally by the Southern Regional Education Board, were researched, tested and published nationally by iNACOL beginning in 2006, and have stood as a benchmark for quality online learning for more than ten years,” said Bruce Friend, iNACOL’s Chief Operating Officer. “With the thoughtful and skillful stewardship of QM and VLLA, we are confident that the standards will continue to be a vital asset for the K-12 online community.”

“Quality Matters is committed to partnering with like-minded organizations to continue to develop resources and tools that extend beyond course design,” shared Dr. Deb Adair, Quality Matters Executive Director. “Partnering with the VLLA to revise these standards allowed us to build on critical competencies to extend our quality assurance work, and provided another way to support the K-12 community and its work to ensure quality in online learning.”

“On behalf of the fourteen programs which comprise the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance, I want to convey our appreciation of the unique working partnership with Quality Matters that allowed us to successfully accomplish the National Standards for Quality initiative,” added Robert Currie, VLLA Board Chair and Executive Director of Montana Digital Academy. “The updated standards and indicators provide the framework for implementing and maintaining quality online programs, courses and teaching.”

Over 100 individuals with expertise in either K-12 online learning research or practice contributed to the revision, representing a variety of state and regional online learning programs as well as universities and researchers. Private companies, nonprofit organizations and foundations were also represented. John Watson, founder of Evergreen Education Group, praised the highly collaborative process, “I’m thrilled that Digital Learning Collaborative members have been part of the group working on the National Standards revisions. The updated standards will be incredibly valuable to the teachers and school leaders implementing online and blended learning. The field has advanced considerably since the original standards were released, and the new version represents the latest thinking about how to implement online and blended learning to improve outcomes for all students.”

A comprehensive literature review, a users survey and correlation documents were used to inform the revision process, resulting in standard sets that reflect the latest best practices. They also include new explanations and examples that expand the guidance provided in previous versions. The explanations and examples also create flexibility — allowing programs to apply the standards to blended, competency-based or other learning strategies employed.

The revised standards are available to the public under a Creative Commons License and can be downloaded on the National Standards for Quality website. Dawn Nordine, Executive Director, Wisconsin Virtual School and a member of the National Standards for Quality Leadership Team expressed the excitement that her team is feeling over the release, “We, along with many other online programs across the country, are thrilled about the release of the National Standards for Quality Online Learning. The previous standards have been the foundation for building quality K-12 online opportunities for students. Having revised guidance on what exemplary practice looks like today will support program leaders and teachers to plan, implement, and evaluate quality online learning for K-12 students.”

QM’s Director of K-12 Programs Christine Voelker and VLLA’s former Director Butch Gemin and current Director Cindy Hamblin spearheaded the revision efforts on behalf of their organizations and are committed to the ongoing review and improvement of the standards. The final set of standards — the National Standards for Quality Online Courses — are currently under review with a planned release in September 2019.

For more information, please contact Christine Voelker or Cindy Hamblin.

About the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance

The Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance is an association of the most innovative virtual programs in the U.S. Consisting largely of leading state virtual schools and several consortia, the member organizations serve well over a quarter of a million online course enrollments annually, provide their districts and students with over 2,200 highly qualified teachers trained in online instruction, supply blended learning services to their constituents and conduct research to validate and inform best practice in online learning. The Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization (virtuallearningalliance.org) that includes Georgia Virtual School, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance, Illinois Virtual School, Indiana Online, Michigan Virtual, Montana Digital Academy, Nevada Learning Academy, North Carolina Virtual Public School, Virtual Arkansas, The Virtual High School, Virtual SC, Virtual Virginia, Wisconsin eSchool Network and Wisconsin Virtual School.

About Quality Matters

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.

March 2, 2019

#QMConnect Early Birds Might Get More Than The Worm

Note this up-coming call for proposals.

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Submit Your Proposal by March 8 for a Chance to Save

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Every day you make a difference in the lives of your learners. Now, share what you are doing and help make a difference in the lives of your peers — peers like 2018 QM Connect attendee Jacqueline Beverly from Columbia Southern University.“I thought the presentations were spot on in regards to relevant issues/topics I am focusing on right now. I can’t always implement information I learn at conferences, but QM is different. I will not only be able to share what I learned with my team, I willactually be able to implement many of the ideas.”So what unique idea, innovative process or actionable tip are you going to bring to this year’s QM Connect? What can you share about course reviews, learner engagement or continuous improvement that shows how you are Committing to Excellence for Learners? How are you going to help others move their own commitment forward? The time to decide is now.Save
Submit a proposal by March 8 and receive a $100 discount on the lowest conference registration fee if your presentation is selected.

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Follow these simple steps for an opportunity to showcase your ideas and work:

  1. Develop a proposal in one of seven conference concentrations.
  2. Choose a presentation format.
  3. Submit your proposal by March 8, 2019, for a chance to save!

Questions? Contact events@qualitymatters.org. We look forward to your submission!

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February 28, 2019

FREE Webinar: How To Meet QM Standards With SoftChalk

Note this up-coming webinar next week.

Meeting Quality Matters Standards with SoftChalk
March 5, 2019 — 1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern
This webinar is free and open to QM Members as well as non-members.
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Quality courses use tools that engage all learners in multiple ways. In this webinar, you’ll hear how educators from Harford Community College and Athens State University use various SoftChalk features to create engaging and accessible courses that meet QM Standards. You will also see working examples from courses they built using SoftChalk tools — and how the QM Standards helped them to ensure the quality of their course design.

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Webinar Speakers
Adam Fantom Adam Fantom is an instructional design technologist at Harford Community College. He supports faculty in the development of academically compelling content using current and emerging technology trends. His current focus is on the development of accessible course content and the implementation of immersive learning environments. Adam has been a QM Peer Reviewer since 2008 and has participated in nearly 20 QM course reviews.
Regina Roof Ray Regina Roof-Ray is an assistant professor of psychology at Harford Community College. She utilizes engaging activities and varied instructional methods in both her face-to-face and online courses. Regina is co-chair of the Learning Assessment Committee and a founding organizer of the Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Psychology Conference.
Letitia Bergantz Letitia Bergantz is an associate professor and instructional designer at Athens State University. Her current focus is on preparing teachers for the future by teaching technology and design courses. She also provides edTPA workshops to prepare teachers in the College of Education. Letitia is a QM-certified Peer Reviewer.
Mark Gale Mark Gale is the director of academic technology services and an instructional designer at Athens State University. His office is responsible for the university’s Quality Matters Initiative which has led 22 QM-certified courses over the past 18 months. He has taught instructional design courses since 2012 and has been a QM-Certified Peer Reviewer since 2015.
Looking to meet QM Standards in your course? Check out QM professional development on connecting learning objectives to assessments and improving learner engagement. Sign up for QM Live! Summer Camp for an interactive format focused on these topics.
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Quality Matters (QM) is an international, US-based non-profit organization specializing in standards, processes and professional development for quality assurance in online and blended learning. QM tools and resources are regularly revised to reflect current research and best practices. 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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