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November 20, 2021

Standards in Practice – NSQ Resource

An item from this “national standards” initiative.

Standard Highlight

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

D1 The online teacher uses digital tools to identify patterns in learner engagement and performance that will inform improvements to achieve individual learner growth.
D5 The online teacher helps learners reach content mastery through instruction and quality feedback using various formats.

D7 The online teacher communicates frequently with stakeholders regarding learner progress and strategies for supporting learner engagement.
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Transformative Feedback –  Infographic

Feedback for students is extremely important as they work to learn the material and further content knowledge. The infographic at right shows steps that aid in providing formative feedback focused on student growth, ensuring the best opportunities for students to excel. .  – Trixi DeRosa-Davis, Virtual SC Instructional Coach

Other helpful hints for building learner engagement include: 

  • Establish set office hours for students and guardians to receive real-time assistance.
  • Create opportunities for online students to collaborate.  As students work to master content and skills, collaboration is very important in a digital environment.
  • Build and maintain relationships with students by checking in daily via web conference, email and/or telephone.  Connecting with parents and guardians regularly to ensure they know what is expected of students is also  important.
  • Establish a separate telephone number as your office number so students can call or text you for answers to questions.
Resources to support standard use

Check out the NSQ Website and NSQ Professional Learning Portal powered by 2gnoMe for more resources.

Author/Organization Bio 

VirtualSC is a free state-sponsored online learning program serving students currently attending public, private and home schools in grades 6-12 and Adult Education programs across the state of South Carolina.  VirtualSC currently serves over 32,000 unique student enrollments per school year in over 90 diverse courses in all subject areas, including: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, and Career and Technical Education (CTE). VirtualSC offers Credit Recovery, AP, and College Prep level courses for high school credit in addition to core middle school courses.

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November 18, 2021

Turn Your TOC into Graduate Credit and More HE News!

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 11:07 am
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The second of two items from the folks at Quality Matters.

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Higher Education News

November 2021

Step Into the Shoes of a QM-Certified Reviewer
MaryJo Villasenor from Central New Mexico Community College shares how serving as a QM-Certified Reviewer helps everyone. Read more >>
There’s a growing need for QM-Certified Reviewers — especially K-12 Texas Certified and National Board Certified educators. See the steps for becoming a Higher Ed or K-12 Reviewer.
Turn Your TOC Into Credit
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If you’ve earned QM’s Teaching Online Certificate (TOC), good news! You may be able to turn that certificate into graduate credit through one of three opportunities:

  • American College of Education (ACE) — Receive three credits toward ACE’s M.Ed. in Educational Technology. Grants are also available for those enrolled in the program.
  • Louisiana State University (LSU) — Earn up to nine credits toward one of four eligible online degrees or graduate certificate programs offered by LSU Online. QM Master Reviewers are also eligible to receive credit.
  • Ashland University — Get 0.5 – 1 graduate credit per TOC workshop from Ashland University. Credits are available for any TOC workshop taken since June 1, 2021, and all future sessions of the TOC workshops. Graduate credit is also available for the Applying the QM K-12 Rubric workshop and the K-12 Reviewer Course.

More information on turning your Teaching Online Certificate into credit is available in each TOC workshop. If you have already completed an eligible course/workshop, please contact us for details on how to apply for credit.

INQAAHE Elects New Board President
Please join us in congratulating QM Executive Director Dr. Deb Adair. Deb was recently elected Board President for the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). INQAAHE’s mission is to “promote and advance excellence in higher education through the support of an active international community of quality assurance agencies.” In her inaugural address to INQAAHE members, Deb expressed her commitment to strengthening the organization and the network it represents as QA takes on a more critical and relevant role in higher education. Deb is INQAAHE’s 8th Board President.
Thank You!
QM Connect Conference The 2022 QM Connect Conference will be held November 7 – 9 at the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Arizona.
As QM ConnectLX attendee Jennifer Van Wagner noted there was so much “learning and growing over the last few days — great information and lessons learned.” But none of that would have been possible without all of you! Huge thanks to everyone — the program committee, presenters, attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, room hosts, and anyone we are forgetting — who helped make this year’s QMConnectLX Conference informative and great!

One of the many highlights — the QM Awards Ceremony. If you missed it, take a moment to watch the videos from this year’s Making a Difference for Students Award winners:

Making Math Courses Accessible
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When it comes to accessibility, math courses can be especially challenging. To help, Dr. Chris Smith, an Accessibility and Usability Resource Site (AURS) moderator recommends the following:

  • When possible, math equations, functions, formulas, etc., should be entered into the digital course content in text form.
  • When those elements must be added as images due to limitations of software, detailed alt text must be provided for those items. For example, f(x)=9a + 12 would have the following alt text: f of x equals nine a plus twelve.

For more information on making math content and all types of course elements accessible, tap into AURS. This community-led site is free and open to everyone!

Congratulations!
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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:

Arizona State University-Tempe
Athens State University
Austin Community College District
Austin Peay State University
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
Caduceus International Publishing Inc.
Calhoun Community College
California State University-
East Bay
California State University-Sacramento
Central New Mexico Community College
Clark College
Clayton State University
Cleveland State University
Eastern New Mexico University
-Main Campus
eScience Labs, LLC
Florida International University
Florida SouthWestern State College
Galen College of Nursing-Louisville
Georgia Highlands College
(ISC)2
Indiana University-Southeast
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Iowa State University
Kent State University System
Midland College
Montgomery Community College
New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Normandale Community College
North Park University
Polk State College
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Samford University
Texas A & M International University
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Tulsa Community College
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Florida
University of New Mexico-Main Campus
University of North Florida
University of Southern Indiana
University of Toledo
University of West Georgia
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Western Kentucky University

View All QM-Certified Courses >>

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Learn More About QM Membership >>

Whether shopping for yourself, your team or another educator in your life, you’ll find that perfect something at the official QM Store. From QM apparel to accessories like pens and stickers, there is something for everyone and every budget. Start shopping today!

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Use Captions to Help ALL Students

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 10:01 am
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The first of two items from the folks at Quality Matters.

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Resources for Building Quality

November 2021

The Call for Captions

Imagine taking a class and feeling lost and confused — not because of the content but because you can’t understand what is being said. Not one single word. Wondering what that feels like? Watch “The Importance of Captioning” from the North Carolina State IT Accessibility team. Pay particular attention to the section in the middle with no captions. It shows how hard of hearing and deaf individuals experience uncaptioned videos every day. Is it happening to your students?

QM K-12 Specific Review Standard 8.4 C states, “The course provides alternative means of access to multimedia content in formats that meet the needs of diverse learners.” For videos and animations, this means providing captions, or a text transcript, so that everyone can access the content. But captions aren’t just about meeting QM Standards — they’re a legal responsibility. For a good overview of laws governing captioning, please review “Major U.S. Laws for Captioning Online Video from ADA to CVAA.”

Then check out these resources to help ensure the multimedia elements in your course are accessible:

  1. Free Resource site: Accessibility & Usability Resource Site
  2. Dedicated Professional Development: Making Materials Accessible QM Live! Series
  3. Video: Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes: The True Impact of Digital Accessibility
  4. Article: Captions help ALL learners
What can you do today to make the multimedia elements in your online course/course components more accessible for all learners? Check out these Timely Tips for concrete steps you can take no matter how much time you have — even just 5 minutes can make a difference!

Top 10 K-12 Organizations with QM-Certified Courses

  • Pearson Online & Blended Learning: 119
  • Edgenuity: 97
  • Edmentum: 72
  • North Carolina Virtual Public School: 61
  • Strongmind: 57
  • Michigan Virtual: 49
  • International Academy of Science: 23
  • Founders Education: 16
  • Graduation Alliance: 15
  • Brigham Young University Independent Study: 14

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Learning Opportunities

Grow professionally, make lasting connections and help meet the demand for K-12 course quality! How? Become a QM-Certified K-12 Course Reviewer!

An increase in requests for K-12 course reviews means an increased need for Reviewers — especially Texas Certified and National Board Certified educators.

Ready to help? Start by reviewing the steps to becoming a Reviewer! Questions? Contact the K-12 Team.

Reviewers to the Rescue
Watch “Reviewers to the Rescue” to learn more about the critical work of QM-Certified Course Reviewers!!
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November 4, 2021

FREE Webinar: Principles and Best Practices for Using Visuals in Course Design

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 12:08 pm
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A webinar from the folks at QM that may be of interest to readers.

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Principles and Best Practices for Using Visuals in Course Design

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 — 1:00 p.m. ET

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Learn more about how visual design can enhance online learning during our next Online Learning Webinar! Join Todd Douglas from CourseArc and Dr. Bethany Simunich from QM to:

  • Explore basic graphic design principles, components and considerations
  • Discover ideas for incorporating visuals into the design of your online course
  • Receive a downloadable resource — the Bridge to Quality Course Design Guide — that walks you through all facets of designing a quality online course

The webinar is free and open to everyone.

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Presented By:
Todd Douglas
Todd Douglas has over 25 years of experience with graphic design projects from print and interactive PDFs to web development and PowerPoint presentations. With a unique mix of technical and creative skills, Todd takes a hands-on approach to solve a wide range of design problems. He can step into almost any role needed, from project management, research and client service to design, production, coding and even illustration and infographics. His client roster has included management consultants, professional associations, market research firms, healthcare and medical companies, auto manufacturers and small businesses.
Dr. Bethany Simunich
Bethany Simunich, Ph.D., is QM’s Director of Research and Innovation. In this role, she leads efforts to help faculty, instructional designers, and institutions collect data and design research to make data-driven decisions to benefit student learning, disseminate and apply online research findings, and further quality assurance implementation and goals. She brings over 20 years of higher education and online learning experience to the position, as teaching faculty, instructional designer, and DL administrator and researcher. Her research interests include presence in the online classroom, online student and instructor self-efficacy and satisfaction, and quality assurance implementation.
Can’t make it? No need to register — 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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October 28, 2021

Faculty 💖 this Accessibility Initiative. Students, Institutions Win! Quality Matters ConnectLX Featured Session Nov 5th

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 6:03 pm
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An item from SoftChalk.

Faculty 💖 this Accessibility Initiative. Students, Institutions Win! (6)
Hi Michael,
Will you or any of your colleagues be attending the Quality Matters ConnectLX Online Conference next week?
If so, we would love for you to attend our session Friday, November 5th at 1:05 PM:

We hope to see you there!

The SoftChalk Team

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