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May 25, 2017

Make Plans Now to #QMConnect This Fall

From Monday’s inbox…

Attend the QM Connect Conference
Limited Spots Available at the Discounted RateBe there this fall when the QM Community gathers in Fort Worth, Texas to share, connect and explore the latest topics in online education — the topics that matter most to you.

From overcoming reluctance to engagement strategies to accessibility, QM Connect covers the topics that impact your learners and directly affect quality assurance in online learning.

Register now and save $90.00 on registration fees. Then get ready to #QMConnect on these issues and more:

But don’t wait to register! There are only about 250spots left at the discounted rate.

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Book your room at the Omni Fort Worth to get $200 off registration.
Register five or more people now and receive $59.50 off each registration fee!

Don’t forget to sign up forworkshops.
Register now to get your choice of pre-conference workshops. Choose from full- and half-day sessions to help you improve learner engagement, implement QM, address accessibility issues and more!

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May 24, 2017

What’s Trending in Online Education?

From the inbox yesterday or the day before…

The first CHLOE Survey Report is now available for download!
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Find Out in the First CHLOE Survey Report!

CHLOE Survey Report coverIt’s been 20 years since online learning was first introduced. So where does it stand today? We teamed up with Eduventures, a leading research and advisory firm focused on higher education, to fill the gap in researching this important topic.

We started with a survey of Chief Online Officers to gauge, among other things, how their institutions are funding, developing programs, conducting quality assurance, making technology investments and managing innovation as online learning becomes mainstream. Results of the survey — The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) — are now publicly available in The 2017 CHLOE Report.

So what trends in the management of online learning did CHLOE find? You’ll want to download and share the full report to see how institutions similar to yours compare. Here are a few highlights from the 51-page study:

  • Course development. Nearly 40% of private nonprofit colleges require faculty to use instructional design support in building their online courses. In contrast, only about 11% of two- and four-year public institutions do so.
  • Pricing. Among public two-year and four-year schools, over 90% of respondents indicated that the price of their online programs is either in line with or higher than conventional programming. Such data suggests that most schools have not made it a priority to use online learning to lower costs.
  • Program Objectives. CHLOE found that the predominant impetus for investment in online learning today is enrollment growth, with other objectives, such as student completion gains and cost reduction, trailing far behind.
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The second iteration of CHLOE is scheduled for June and focuses on the motives behind choices made by leaders of online programs. If your institution would like to participate in that survey, please email QM’s Manager of Research & Development, Barbra Burch, or Eduventures Research Analyst, Mughees Khan.
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May 3, 2017

What’s the True Foundation of Learning?

From yesterday’s inbox…

QM 8th Annual Conference on Quality Assurance in Portland, Oregon October 30 to November 2, 2016
#QMConnect With Dr. Todd Zakrajsek to Find OutKick off QM Connect this fall in Fort Worth, Texas with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, as he explores the true foundation of learning and how that foundation can motivate your learners.

Then, explore Pathways to Excellence as you connect and share with colleagues from around the world in your choice of conference sessions. Options include:

Register now and save $90.00 on registration fees. Plus, get first choice of sessions and pre-conference workshops.

But don’t wait to register! There are only about 300spots left at the discounted rate.

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Book your room at the Omni Fort Worth to get $200 off registration.
Register five or more people now and receive $59.50 off each registration fee!

Don’t forget to sign up for workshops.

The deadlines for the Making a Difference for Students Awards and the Ron Legon Leadership Award for Quality Assurance in Online Education have been extended. You have until May 22 to submit your nomination. 

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April 12, 2017

The Wait is Over! Your Pathway to Excellence is Here

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

QM 8th Annual Conference on Quality Assurance in Portland, Oregon October 30 to November 2, 2016

Registration for the QM Connect Conference is Open!

Plus, the call for proposals has been extended to 4/28

Join the QM Community this September in Fort Worth, Texas for QM Connect! This is your opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the world, exchange ideas and gain solutions to online learning challenges.

Register now to receive the lowest registration rate and save as we explore Pathways to Excellence and look at quality assurance in online learning at all levels of an organization. Concentrations include:

  1. Measuring the Impact of Quality
  2. Achieving Sustainability
  3. The Power of QA
  4. Leadership Exchange
  5. Engagement Strategies
  6. Fresh Ideas

You’ll also get first choice of pre-conference workshops. Each offers tools and information on improving courses and implementing quality assurance at your institution. Workshop space is limited — best to sign up when you register! Then get ready to explore pathways to excellence in Fort Worth, Texas.

But don’t wait to register! There are only 340 spots available at the discounted rate.

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Book your room at the Omni Fort Worth to get $200 off registration.

Register five or more people now and receive $59.50 off each registration fee!

Don’t forget to sign up for workshops.

And submit your QM Awardnomination. Let us know who’s putting learners first and making a difference in online education. Nominate them today in one of six categories.

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March 20, 2017

QM K-12 News: A New Perspective, A Special Resource and Much More!

Something that came through my electronic desk at some point last week.

QM news focused on the K-12 community for March, 2017.
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K-12 Online & Blended Learning Newsletter

March, 2017

Sometimes All You Need Is…
A new perspective!

That’s what QM member, Ashley Walsh, Virtual High School, Prince William County Schools, VA  discovered after participating in several of QM’s Teaching Online Certificate (TOC) workshops. As Ashley explains, participating in the TOC workshops gave her the tools she needed to look at her courses with a new perspective. Specifically, the Orienting Your Online Learners workshop made her take a second look at whether or not her course design let learners know exactly where they need to go and what they need to do every day. Additionally, the Evaluating Your Course Design workshop helped her fine tune her objectives and establish alignment between her objectives, instructional activities, and assessments, ensuring that her students had the tools and information they needed to master the material and be successful in the course.

In addition to the TOC, Quality Matters provides many opportunities for you to get a new perspective on your course. Consider participating in our upcoming QM Live! Spring Get Active Series where you’ll be given tools and information to help you take another look at several aspects of your course including alignment, measurable objectives and learner engagement. And becoming a K-12 Course Reviewer can help too! As a Peer Reviewer you get to see what other people are doing with their course. That’s a great way to get a fresh perspective on your own course!

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A Resource You Didn’t Know You Had
Designing online and/or blended learning experiences for your students can be an overwhelming task. You already know that QM has a K-12 Secondary Rubric that can help guide you with this, but did you know that there is a community of instructional designers within the larger QM Community who struggle with many of the same issues you do?

The QM Instructional Designers Association (QM IDA) is made up of QM Members who are passionate about course design and want to share ideas and best practices with others. The QM IDA is open to QM Members who have instructional design experience. It’s free to join and includes many benefits:

Check them out…you might find the support and resources you need!

How Are You Going to Connect With the QM Community?
Connecting with the QM Community is an important part of delivering on your online promise. When you connect with the QM Community, you have the chance to share your ideas and experiences. The connections you make provide you with a forum to discuss problems and solutions to online challenges. And they create inspiration. So how are you going to connect with the QM Community?

Present at a Conference
Last year’s QM Conference was a great opportunity for the K-12 community to come together and tackle quality assurance issues in online learning. It was wonderful to see everyone collaborating around our common language — not only within our K-12 circle, but the larger K-20 community as well. We have so much to learn from one another, and our unique situations. That’s why this year we are integrating K-12 sessions into the regular conference tracks. Now we need to make sure we have great K-12 representation! Please consider submitting a proposal for this year’s conference in order to share the exceptional things you are doing in your online learning classrooms. This is your opportunity to showcase your ideas, connect with your peers and help others solve their online challenges. The deadline for submissions is April 7th, and the conference will take place in Fort Worth, Texas on September 24-27, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact QM’s K-12 program Director, Christine Voelker.

Attend a Conference
Next month, many members of the QM Community will be gathering in NYC for the QM Regional Conference. Why not join them? The conference will be held at Berkeley College in Manhattan with pre-conference workshops on April 20 and a variety of sessions on April 21. Topics include:

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect, learn and share in New York City. Register today!
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Welcome New Members!
We are pleased to welcome new member:

Wisconsin eSchool Network

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Putting Quality Assurance Into Practice
When it comes to putting quality assurance into practice, who better to learn from than those who are doing it? That’s why each month we are going to feature a tip from a Quality Matters K-12 member. This month’s tip focuses on course design and comes from Jolene and Jeff at Idaho Digital Learning:

“We have found that listing the measurable objectives and mapping each objective to a corresponding assignment or assessment helps the team design courses that clearly communicate what is most important and what is expected to our students.”

Do you have a quality assurance tip that you would like to share? If so, please contact QM’s Digital Communications and Social Media Manager, Amy Santo.

 

Do you have funds to use before your fiscal year ends? Why not use them to prepay for Quality Matters professional development workshops and course reviews? For more information, please contact Quality Matters CFO, Tom Claffey.

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