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May 20, 2022

Help clear up the confusion

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 6:06 pm
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An opportunity to get involved in research from QM.

Dear Michael,

We need your help in a study of how institutions are defining the various modes of digital learning. We are hearing that there is confusion for faculty, staff and (unfortunately) students about the terms used. We need your help in assessing the current use of terms.

Quality Matters is partnering with the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association (CDLRA), Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), Bay View Analytics, and Nicole Johnson, Research and Consulting to conduct this study.

The results from the study will be shared with all participants, published as a free downloadable report and presented in a webinar. 

All respondents who choose to provide their email addresses will:

  • Receive an invitation and links for all project deliverables when they are available in late summer/early fall.
  • Be entered into a drawing for ten $50 gift cards.

No individual responses are shared with partners or other organizations. Only aggregated data are reported.

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Thank you for your assistance in helping these education organizations bring clarity to this issue — the deadline to complete the survey is June 3, 2022.

Sincerely,
The Quality Matters Team

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May 19, 2022

Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences & More HE News!

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 6:05 pm
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The higher education focused newsletter from the folks at QM.  I haven’t received the K-12 version for a while, but last time I bothered to check I was still subscribed.

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Higher Education News

May 2022

A Billion Reasons Why Accessibility Matters
Tomorrow, May 19, marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day — a day focused on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people with disabilities and impairments. But what exactly is accessibility? Hint: It’s much more than providing accommodations when needed. Watch as QM member Dr. Chris Smith defines accessibility.

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Then take a deeper dive with Chris’s additional videos where he discusses his own personal journey as well as design considerations and resources.

To access PDF versions of the transcripts from inside the video player:

  • Navigate to the far bottom-right corner of the video player and locate the button that looks like a two-column box.
  • Hoover over the icon until the “Show Sidebar” tooltip appears.
  • Select “Show Sidebar.”
  • Select the page icon to access the transcript.
You can also select the CC icon to view a searchable version of the captions.

Other Resources:

Maximize Your Summer PD Plans!
Summer is a great time for professional development. But don’t take our word for it. Instead, listen in as Professor Pamela Williams from Miami Dade College shares her experience!
Here are some options to consider:

Your Favorite Conference is Back In Person!
QM Connect Conference It’s time to #QMConnect again!

November 6 – 9, 2022

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort — Tucson, Arizona

Register Now
Registration for the 2022 QM Connect Conference in Tucson, Arizona, is now open…and we are so excited to be in person again! QM Connect provides an exceptional opportunity to interact with other online professionals who are Expanding Possibilities and sharing valuable takeaways on topics such as equity, learning design and engagement. And the networking is incredible!

“I have learned SO many cool things at QM Connect and made a few new friends in the process. I love this QM community! It’s inspiring to be around so many people who care about online education!” — Melissa Walter, University of South Alabama

Get your QM Connect spot — and get the best rate — by registering today. Member pricing starts at $695 for full conference registration. Single-day and group pricing is also available. You can also add pre-conference workshops when you register.

Can’t make it to Tucson? That’s okay! Register for the virtual option instead.  You’ll have access to the keynote, awards ceremony, and 10 other pre-selected sessions. Cost: $100

Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences
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Dr. Racheal Brooks and Dr. Siobhan Day Grady’s white paper — Course Design Considerations for Inclusion and Representation — is a must-read for online educators today. The implementation of diverse, inclusive, and equitable online course design best practices can transform the learning experience for all members of an online learning community. So what are those best practices? One recommended by Drs. Brooks and Grady is to intentionally align course content and engagement strategies with learners’ lived experiences. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Dive into their white paper to get the strategies you need to create inclusive digital experiences for all learners.
And the Committee Members Are…
Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric Committee. Your commitment to continuous improvement in online education is greatly appreciated. Nominations have been reviewed and the following individuals have been selected to serve on the Committee:

The Committee will collaborate throughout the review process and work to ensure that the QM Higher Education Rubric, Seventh Edition, reflects the gold standard in online course design and the QM community’s experience with best practices. The Committee’s first meeting will take place this month.
Celebration Time!
The Center for Distance Education at the University of Texas Arlington took time last month to recognize and celebrate the university’s QM accomplishments. Faculty were feted. Highlights were shared. And specific programs were honored. QM’s Executive Director Dr. Deb Adair also made a virtual appearance to congratulate all involved on everything they have done — including having 16 courses QM Certified. QM-Certified Peer Reviewers and Master Reviewers as well as Teaching Online Certificate completers were also recognized.
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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:

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A T Still University of Health Sciences
Appalachian State University
Athens State University
Austin Community College District
California State University-East Bay
California State University-Fullerton
Cameron University
Carroll Community College
Central New Mexico Community College
Chamberlain University
Clark College
Clarkson University
Clayton State University
Cleveland Community College
Delaware County Community College
East Carolina University
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
Gaston College
Germanna Community College
Heartland Community College
Hinds Community College
Idaho State University
Indiana University
Indiana University-Southeast
Instituto Profesional IACC
Kent State University System
Kettering College
Laredo College
New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
New Mexico State University-Dona Ana
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
North Park University
Northeastern Illinois University
Polk State College
Research College of Nursing
Reynolds Community College
Southeastern Community College (NC)
Southern Arkansas University Tech
Starkweather Association Services
St. Louis Community College
St. Luke’s College
Texas A & M International University
Treasure Valley Community College
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Florida
University of North Texas Health Science Center
University of Southern Indiana
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

View More QM-Certified Courses >>

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May 18, 2022

Now Available: Your Research Webinar Recording

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 4:05 pm
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An item from the folks at QM.

Connect With More Course Design Resources

Thank you for your interest in online learning research. The webinar recording for “Course Design Considerations for Inclusion and Representation” is now available. Please note, this link is valid for 30 days from the date of the webinar. After that, you can find the webinar video on our YouTube Channel or in the Research Webinar ArchivesAttended in person? Don’t forget to complete the Research Webinar Survey.

To augment your learning experience:

Then check out these other resources to help you design universally accessible courses!

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Free Resources
Tap into several free resources to support your course design efforts, including:

QM Conferences
See what your peers are doing and get ideas you can implement in your own courses at one of our fall conferences:

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Workshops
Explore ways to strengthen the design of your course so that it works for all students in the following workshops:

Ready to tackle accessibility as a team? Designed for a team of 10 or more, our dedicated, synchronous Making Materials Accessible QM Live! Series covers key topics, including providing accessible web content, creating accessible documents and captioning videos.

Want to do your own research into inclusive course design? Or another topic? Get the tools, resources and personal coaching you need to bring your online learning research ideas to life during the Designing Quality Online Learning Research workshop. The next session starts June 8. Seats available for both higher ed and K-12.
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May 14, 2022

Standards In Practice: NSQ Online Teaching

An item from this “national standards” initiative.

Standard Highlight:  Online Teaching

Standard D: Learner Engagement
D:  The online teacher promotes learner success through interactions with learners and other stakeholders and by facilitating meaningful learner engagement in learning activities.  

D5:  The online teacher helps learners reach content mastery through instruction and quality feedback using various formats.

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Short description:   Quality feedback is an integral part of any instructional setting, however; the format of the online classroom necessitates a greater level of clarity and specificity in feedback as students may have fewer moments to seek clarity from their teacher throughout the school day. At VHS Learning, our courses are asynchronous, so teachers are asked to provide substantive, specific, and actionable feedback on critical assignments each week to ensure students can understand their next steps in their work. We ask that teachers ensure clarity and use asset-based language to allow the student to accept their feedback.

The following examples and resources are included in the VHS Learning Teacher Resource Area and are used to help teachers hone their practice of delivering quality feedback to their students.

By Stacy Young who oversees teacher quality as the Associate Dean of Instruction at VHS Learning. 

Helpful Hints for putting the standard into practice

Qualities of Effective Feedback 

Feedback does not have to be complicated or overly time-consuming. Remember to base feedback on a set of qualities will help the teacher to create effective feedback for their students. Effective feedback is:

  • Timely — student receives feedback in time to improve future learning

  • Specific — feedback points to specific areas of strength and areas for growth

  • Actionable — students can take feedback and act on it

  • Asset-based — feedback focuses on what a student can do rather than what they did not do

  • Related to learning goals – feedback should reflect the goals and objectives of lessons or units of study

  • Constructive — feedback is designed to support student’s academic and social-emotional growth

  • Iterative — feedback reinforces and builds on previous feedback

Types of Feedback 

Students complete a variety of assignments every week. Some assignments measure a student’s knowledge or comprehension, some the application of learning, and some the important elements of synthesizing, analyzing, and critiquing. There are different types of feedback that should be provided throughout a VHS Learning course. These include:

  1. Content-related feedback: This type of feedback is specific to the content or mechanics of the assignment that supports students in applying their ever-developing, expanding understanding of the content being studied.

  1. Probing feedback: This type of feedback provides a question or prompt to encourage, support, and even inspire students to advance their thinking.

  1. Suggestive feedback: This type of feedback provides suggestions or ideas to encourage and even inspire students to demonstrate their understanding of the content being studied.

Resources to support standard use.

Feedback “Formula” 

It can help to use a “formula” to craft effective written feedback. The formula includes four parts:

Ways to Deliver Feedback 

Within the course platform, there are many tools to help teachers deliver effective feedback.

Author and Organization Bio 

Stacy Young oversees teacher quality as the Associate Dean of Instruction at VHS Learning. Stacy taught middle school and high school for fifteen years before joining the Center for Collaborative Education where she was the Director of the Massachusetts Personal Learning Network. At CCE, she worked with schools and districts around building quality performance assessments, school redesign, and professional learning communities. At VHS Learning, she collaborates with the Curriculum and Instruction Team in the development of high-quality online teacher training and ongoing professional development around online instruction while supporting over 300 teachers each semester.
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May 13, 2022

Important Update: QM Connect Call for Proposals Deadline Extended

Note the extension to this call for proposals from the folks at Quality Matters.

You Now Have More Time to Submit
Your Conference Proposal

Deadline Extended to May 27

We get it — life is busy! And finding timedeadline extended to put together a conference proposal can be challenging. That’s why we’re giving you more time to submit your 2022 QM Connect Conference proposal. The deadline for submission has been extended to May 27. But don’t wait too long. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to gain exposure for your ideas and help others take their work with quality assurance to the next level — submit your proposal today.

It’s time to make a difference!
“Presenters at the QM Conference offer invaluable insight into issues of quality by sharing with the community how they leverage different aspects of the QM framework. Whether the topic is course design, faculty training or program improvement, presenters contribute to the spread of tested ideas and help us all move towards higher levels of quality much faster than we could on our own.” — Dr. Carol Parenteau

Get started today!

  1. Develop a proposal in one of five conference concentrations
  2. Choose a presentation format
  3. Submit your proposal by May 27, 2022

Questions? Contact the events team. We look forward to your submission!

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