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November 17, 2019

Your NDLW Recording Link + More Multimedia Resources

An item from Quality Matters.

Uncover Answers to Your
Multimedia Questions

Thank you for your interest in our 2019 National Distance Learning Week webinar on multimedia use in online courses! The recording of the webinar — “Busting Multimedia Myths: An Evidence-Based Approach to Quality Instructional Media” — is now available for you to view. It may also be viewed on Facebook.

During the webinar, Dr. Steven Crawford explored different multimedia modalities and the research that supports best practices for using multimedia in online courses. Several of you inquired about Dr. Crawford’s references. Here is the complete list of references for your review. There were many other questions as well. These resources will help you find some answers:

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Many of you had general questions such as how to make presentations engaging for all types of learners. Delve into this issue and discover how you can use instructional materials, learning activities and technology to effectively promote learner engagement in Using Instructional Materials & Technology to Promote Learner Engagement. The next two-week workshop begins December 5. Register today!
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Accessibility was another hot topic with several participants wondering about making multimedia materials accessible for all learners. A great place to get info on that is the Accessibility and Usability Resource Site. The site addresses many important accessibility issues, including video captions and audio descriptions. Register to access the site today!
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Questions about video length also popped up in the Q & A. Take a deeper dive into the research behind the issue with “Video Length in Online Courses: What the Research Says.” Then, visit our Research Library and search for research related to QM Standard 4. Over 280 results represent the latest findings on the use of instructional materials in online learning, including video.
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November 13, 2019

Michael, You Now Have More Time to Submit a Proposal

Note the extension to this conference deadline.

Call for Proposals Extended
to November 24

more time aheadLife is busy and it can be hard to get everything done — like the presentation proposal for the 2020 QM West Regional Conference that you’ve been meaning to submit. Good news! Now you have more time to put the finishing touches on it. The deadline for submission has been extended to November 24. But don’t wait too long. We’d hate for you to miss the opportunity to help others in your region and expand your professional horizon — submit your proposal today.

Presenting at QM felt like I had finally reached the next level of my professional process. Learning and collaborating with colleagues from across the nation was a fresh breath of inspiration and motivation to creating new pathways for growth and innovation at my institution.” — Maikel Alendy, Florida International University

So how can you tell your story and share your ideas and experiences? It’s simple:

  1. Explore this year’s theme — Reaching for Student Success — and choose from four concentrations.
  2. Develop your proposal.
  3. Submit your proposal before November 24.

We look forward to your submission! Contact events@qualitymatters.org with questions.

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November 8, 2019

Michael, Time Is Running Out

The deadline for the call for proposals for this conference is coming up quick.

Submit a Conference Proposal by November 11

computer keyboard button that says don't miss outThere’s a lot happening with online education in the Western Region. From new opportunities to new faces to new initiatives, there’s a lot to talk about. But we need people to lead the conversation. People like you who are on the front lines of online learning. We need your ideas, your best practices and your stories to help others in the region who are Reaching for Student Success. But time is running out.

This is your last chance to submit a proposal for the 2020 QM West Regional Conference at California State University, Fullerton — the last chance to share how you are embracing change and creating inclusive environments that support all learners.

Don’t wait any longer. Submit a proposal in one of four concentrations:

  • Student Engagement
  • Learning Design
  • Pedagogical Approaches
  • Professional Development

Submission deadline is November 11, 2019.

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Questions? Contact events@qualitymatters.org. We look forward to your submission!
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November 7, 2019

You’re Invited To Our Free Research Conference

Note this item from Quality Matters that may be of interest to many readers.

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QM Research Conference

FREE Virtual Mini-Conference

November 15 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern

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Get ready to delve into the latest online learning research at the QM Research Online Conference. Join leading experts in the field for a FREE half-day virtual experience where you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Pick the topics you want to explore from a number of research-related subjects
  • Learn what other institutions are investigating and their investigative approach
  • Assess elements important to include in your own research
  • Ask questions of the expert presenters in real-time
  • Gain valuable knowledge with minimal resource investment

Choose from several pivotal topics that can help inform your own quality assurance initiatives or research projects, including the online student experience, QM’s impact on student learning, designing research studies, online instructor competencies, and more!

Register Now
Several of today’s most prominent voices in the field of online education research will present at the virtual conference:
  • Dr. Patrick Dempsey, Loyola University Maryland
  • Dr. Will Diehl, Pennsylvania State University
  • Shimon Sarraf, National Survey of Student Engagement
  • Dr. Kay Shattuck, Quality Matters
  • Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Oregon State University
  • Dr. Karen Swan, University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Dr. Roger Wen, California State University – East Bay
  • Dr. Whitney Zimmerman, Pennsylvania State University
globe with magnifying glassCan’t make it? No need to register — recordings of the QM Research Conference sessions will be available in the Research Webinar Archives. Find information about the Research Webinar Series and other research-related resources in the Research section of the QM website.
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November 1, 2019

Free Webinar: Busting Multimedia Myths

More webinars during National Distance Learning Week – this one from Quality Matters.

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Busting Multimedia Myths: An Evidence-Based Approach to Quality Instructional Media

November 7, 2019 — 11:00 a.m. Eastern

Maricopa Community College
There are many myths as to what makes a “good” online presentation. Uncover the truth in this webinar led by Dr. Steven Crawford, District Director, Maricopa Community Colleges. You’ll begin by exploring the categories and types of instructional multimedia. Then, examine the research that informs the practice of developing multimedia for online presentations, including how evaluating and creating media for online courses relates to QM Specific Review Standards 1.8, 4.5, 6.3, 8.4, and 8.5. Finally, share your thoughts on how faculty and instructional designers can apply these emerging best practices when developing online presentations. This webinar is free and open to QM Members as well as non-members.
Register Now
Presented By:
Steven Crawford
Steven R. Crawford, Ed.D., is the District Director for the Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation at Maricopa Community Colleges in the metropolitan Phoenix (AZ) area and has over twenty years of experience in working with distance learning programs. During this time, he has worked with a variety of modalities including delivering courses via satellite, CD-ROM, and online. Due to his work with both online and flipped courses, he has a strong interest in evidenced-based practices regarding the use of multimedia. He is also a photographer, videographer, and occasional podcaster.
Can’t make it? No need to register — recordings of QM Online Learning Webinars can be found on our YouTube channel.
Discover how course materials and technology can be put to work to support learner outcomes in the Using Instructional Materials & Technology to Promote Learner Engagement workshop. The next session begins December 5, 2019.
Register for the workshop today!
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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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