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August 1, 2020

Free Webinar — “Building A HyFlex Course To Support Student Success”

Note this up-coming webinar from Quality Matters.

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Building a HyFlex Course to Support Student Success

Wednesday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Kent State University Online
There has been a lot of talk lately about HyFlex courses — courses that allow learners to choose how they attend the class: face to face, live online or recorded for later viewing.

If you or your institution are considering the HyFlex model as an option for this fall or beyond, you won’t want to miss this free webinar with Kent State’s Dr. Wendy Tietz. During the webinar, Dr. Tietz, who earned QM Certification for the online portion of a HyFlex course and has taught using the HyFlex format for a decade, will:

  • Define and describe the HyFlex course modality, including how to determine if it is the best fit for you
  • Share how to create engaging activities and lessons for HyFlex courses, regardless of class size
  • Identify potential issues and barriers in HyFlex design and teaching and address them with proactive development strategies

This webinar is open to educators at all levels, as takeaways can be applied to K-20 courses.

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Presented By:
Wendy Tietz
Wendy M. Tietz, Ph.D., CPA, CMA, CGMA, CSCA, is a professor in the Department of Accounting at Kent State University, where she has experience teaching in face-to-face, online and HyFlex formats. She has won numerous teaching awards at the college, university and national levels, including the American Accounting Association/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook Prize for recognition of superior teaching in the discipline of accounting. Dr. Tietz is also an experienced conference presenter and has published articles in journals such as Issues in Accounting Education, Accounting Education: An International Journal, IMA Educational Case Journal, Strategic Finance, and Journal of Accounting & Public Policy.
Can’t make it? No worries — recordings of QM Online Learning Webinars can be found on our YouTube channel one week after the webinar.
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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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July 25, 2020

Webinar Recording Now Available For “Crossing The Bridge To Quality With The QM Course Design Guide & CoursePlan”

This webinar recording is likely of interest to readers.

The Resources You Need for
Quality Course Design

Thank you for your interest in creating quality online experiences for your students. The recording for “Crossing the Bridge to Quality with the QM Course Design Guide & CoursePlan” is now available.

During the webinar, Dr. Bethany Simunich and Christine Voelker from QM and Diane Weaver from CourseTune shared two new resources you can use to bolster your course design toolbox:

  • QM Course Design Guide — this free web-based guide provides a phased, step-by-step approach to help faculty and others bridge the gap between courses that went through the emergency remote instruction pivot and ones that truly support student success. Higher education and K-12 versions available.
  • CoursePlan — this interactive tool from CourseTune creates a visual map of the learning experience and highlights gaps in alignment. QM members: ask your Quality Matters Coordinator how you can receive a 50% discount — plus two weeks free — on individual plans.

Now it’s time to uncover even more resources!

QM Connect LX
Connect with fresh ideas, important resources and your peers at QM ConnectLX — an expanded, online version of our annual conference. The reimagined experience will feature a host of learning options, including hands-on workshops, interactive sessions, and networking events. Plus, get expert advice from an instructional designer or Master Reviewer during a course checkup. Register for QM ConnectLX today.
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Learn more about Quality Matters and the factors that affect the quality of online classes by completing the free, self-paced course Elements of Quality Matters course. Then, dive deeper into QM resources, including QM Rubrics and course reviews, with the new Introduction to QM workshop. Sessions begin July 28 and August 18 — register 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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July 23, 2020

Building A Culturally Diverse Course And More K-12 News!

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K-12 Online & Blended Learning Newsletter

July 2020

Build on Your Successes
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You rose to the challenge and made the pivot to remote learning this spring. Now, as QM’s K-12 Program Manager Christine Voelker outlines in “Crossing the Bridge: From Emergency Remote Teaching to Quality Online Learning,” it’s time to take the next step — time to build on this spring’s successes and get fresh ideas to help you prepare for fall.

Want more support on your path toward quality? Sign up for a new tool from Coursetune — CoursePlan. The interactive tool creates a visual map of the learning experience, highlighting gaps in alignment between course/modules objectives and course components such as learning activities and assessments. QM members: ask your QMC how you can save 50% on CoursePlan’s individual pricing options.

Get on the Road to Quality
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Based on feedback from the QM community, we developed a new workshop — Introduction to Quality Matters — to provide faculty and staff with insight into how QM can help them deliver on their online promise. Participants will:

  • Explore how research-supported design standards support student success
  • Learn how to leverage QM review tools to ensure course quality
  • Discover how QM differs from other review processes
  • Develop a plan for using QM tools and processes to create quality courses and programs

This two-week facilitated workshop is perfect for those new to QM, including new faculty/staff at existing member institutions, and those considering QM.

Upcoming sessions are filling up fast. Register today!

Quick Tip: Cultural Diversity
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Providing course content that reflects a culturally diverse perspective and is free from bias (Specific Review Standard 4.6) is a key component to creating an inclusive online experience. For example, make sure the images or other media you use reflect a range of ethnicities, body styles and abilities.

To learn more about how you can create an inclusive online learning experience, check out these resources on equity from The COVID-19 Education Coalition — a community of nonprofit organizations, including Quality Matters, convened by ISTE and EdSurge.

Invest in Yourself & Save
QM ConnectLX

October 22 – 28, 2020
Online
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As Tamika Brunetti — a Designing Your Online Course workshop participant — recently shared on LinkedIn, “There is always time for personal AND professional development!” Get both at this year’s QMConnectLX — the expanded, online version of our annual conference. How? By participating in a host of events, including:

  • Improv Your Way to Better Faculty/Designer Relationships — join QM IDA Chair Penny Ralston-Berg for a three-hour interactive workshop where you’ll learn how to collaboratively communicate in a fun and comical way. Or, check out all available workshops to find the one that’s right for you.
  • Quality Through Calamity: Preemptive Approaches for Instructional Continuity — participate in a Conversation that Matters with the team from North Carolina Central University to discover how a preemptive investment in QM can support instructional continuity efforts in the face of calamity on your campus. Dozens of other sessions are also available.
  • Course Checkups — work with a QM IDA member and your peers to address specific design issues, including learning objectives, accessibility and assessments. Checkups will be organized by topic and limited to 12 participants, allowing you to work with others facing similar issues.

Don’t miss the opportunity to invest in yourself and save! Early-bird pricing ends August 10. So don’t wait — register for QMConnectLX today!

Hello, Canvas!
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QM has made the switch to Canvas. All professional development sessions that began on or after July 20 will be delivered in that LMS. Here’s what you need to know:

  • free Canvas orientation is available — register today.
  • The link for the QM Classroom has changed — but login information has not. Usernames and passwords for the Canvas QM Classroom are the same as those used for MyQM or the current (Moodle) QM Classroom.
  • If you’ve recently completed any QM professional development, you have seven days from the end of your session to access your work in Moodle — take time now to download items you would like to save.
  • Any current, in-process QM courses and workshops will conclude in Moodle.

Questions? Contact the Quality Matters team.

Congratulations!
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Please join us in congratulating the following K-12 members for having one or more courses recently QM Certified:

Apex Learning, Inc.
Brigham Young University Independent Study
One Schoolhouse
Pearson Online & Blended Learning

View QM-Certified Courses >>

Welcome New Members
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Berkeley County School District
Charleston County School District
Northwest Christian School
Warren Easton High School
New Mexico Highlands Academic Placement
The Lilead Project
Butler County Educational Service Center
Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School
Silicon Valley High School
CIA FIRST International School

Learn More About QM Membership >>

Impact online course quality and build your resume by becoming a QM-Certified K-12 Course Reviewer. Discover the steps you need to take to get started today!

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July 15, 2020

Your QM Professional Development Is Getting A New Look

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Hello Canvas! Goodbye Moodle.

As of July 20, 2020, all QM courses and workshops will move from Moodle to the Canvas learning management system. Here’s what you can do to prepare:

  • If you’re registered for an upcoming session or you’re new to Canvas, please complete the free Canvas orientation — register today.
  • Note that the link for the QM Classroom has changed — be sure to bookmark the new link. Your Username & Password for the Canvas QM Classroom is the same as what you use for MyQM or the current (Moodle) QM Classroom.
  • If you’ve recently completed any QM professional development, you have seven days from the end of your session to access your work in Moodle — take time now to download items you would like to save.

Please note: any current, in-process QM courses and workshops will complete in Moodle.

Questions? Contact the Quality Matters team.

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The newly-created Introduction to Quality Matters workshop was one of the first workshops offered in Canvas — a platform that is familiar to so many in our community.

See how to access a course in QM’s Canvas Classroom in a video from QM’s Instructional Design Manager, Jillian Jevack.

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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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July 11, 2020

Free webinar — “Crossing The Bridge to Quality With The QM Course Design Guide & CoursePlan”

Note this Quality Matters webinar that is coming up.

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Crossing the Bridge to Quality with the QM Course Design Guide & CoursePlan

Thursday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Coursetune
Add to your course design toolbox. Build on your emergency remote instruction successes. And prepare for whatever fall brings.

Join Dr. Bethany Simunich and Christine Voelker from Quality Matters and Diane Weaver from Coursetune for the free webinar, “Crossing the Bridge to Quality With the QM Course Design Guide & CoursePlan.” During the webinar, you’ll:

  • Explore components of the QM Higher Education and K-12 Bridge to Quality Course Design Guides
  • Learn how to use the guides to implement a phased approach to quality course design
  • Review the important step of creating an alignment map
  • See a demonstration of Coursetune’s new alignment mapping tool — CoursePlan

Take the first step to cross the bridge from remote instruction to quality online learning — register for the free webinar today!

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Presented By:
Bethany Simunich
Bethany Simunich, Ph.D., is QM’s Director of Research and Innovation. She has worked in higher education for over 20 years and has over 15 years of experience in eLearning research, instructional design and online pedagogy. In her current role, she helps provide research-based tools, ideas and solutions to enable individuals and institutions to assess and achieve their quality assurance goals. Her research interests include presence in the online classroom, online student and instructor self-efficacy and satisfaction, and outcomes achievement in online courses.
Chris Voelker
Christine Voelker is QM’s K-12 Program Director. She has been involved with K-12 education for over 20 years, with an emphasis on distance learning, library media, instructional technology, and professional development. Prior to coming to Quality Matters, Christine ran a statewide partnership grant in Maryland. During this time, she also served as an educational technology teacher specialist for her home district, where she developed and coordinated the first student online learning program.
Diane Weaver
Diane Weaver is the COO and co-founder of Coursetune, a curriculum mapping software that helps your learning team plan, collaborate, visualize, and manage quality curriculum design. She works closely with her co-founders on user experience and product interface to create an elegant customer journey toward instructional design that enables success across institutions. An edtech veteran, she has been helping universities decipher data since 2006, and believes that curriculum data is the missing piece to answering critical questions about the learning experience.
Can’t make it? No worries — recordings of QM Online Learning Webinars can be found on our YouTube channel one week after the webinar.
Quality Matters QM
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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