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December 9, 2018

Connect With CHLOE 3 & Other Helpful Resources

From the inbox earlier in the week.

Take Your Online Learning Initiatives to the Next Level with These Resources

Thank you for your interest in our recent webinar, “CHLOE 3: Highlights of the Third QM-Eduventures Changing Landscape of Online Education Survey.” The webinar recording is now ready for you to view! Please note, this link is valid for 30 days.

Look for the CHLOE 3 Report in late March 2019. In the meantime, make sure you’ve downloaded the CHLOE 1 and CHLOE 2 reports.

During the Q & A, many of you expressed interest in learning from and connecting with other institutions. Here are ways you can do that:

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Be a Part of the Research
Chief Online Officers are encouraged to participate in the CHLOE 4 survey in April 2019. Contact Barbra Burch to receive the survey if you have a lead or contributing role in several of these areas:

  • Budgeting of and Contracting for Online Functions
  • Online Course or Program Development
  • Orientation for Online Students
  • Coordination with Academic Units
  • Online Faculty Training
  • Data Gathering and Reporting
  • Selection of LMS and Online Tools
  • Instructional Design Support
  • LMS Support/Administration
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Attend a Quality Matters Conference
Meet like-minded individuals and learn from those who have walked in your shoes. You’ll get an opportunity to dive deeper into the research with presentations on CHLOE and the research initiatives of other institutions. Registration for the East Regional Conferencein New York opens in January.
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Join a QM Success Stories Webinar
These free, monthly webinars — available for members — are a valuable resource. Each month, a QM member presents what his or her institution is doing to deliver on its online promise, providing others with tips and best practices to help with their own quality assurance journeys.
Ready to have others learn from you instead?
Help others by bringing your own online learning research to the table. Get started by signing up for the ABCs of QM-Focused Research. In this engaging and personalized workshop, you’ll gain the tools and resources you need to take your online learning research from idea to research study. The next workshop starts February 20, 2019. Members save $100.
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December 8, 2018

It’s Time To Make Your Course Accessible For All Learners

An item from Thursday’s inbox…

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Dear Michael,

Thank you for your interest in QM Live! 2018 Winter Institute. Making online and blended courses accessible for all learners is a challenge that many educators and institutions are facing. And, as WCET’s, “Accessibility in Online Courses – Trends, Tips & Tools,” highlights, the challenge may increase as the use of technology in online classes becomes more complex.

Don’t wait any longer to address accessibility issues in your online courses. Join us for QM Live! 2018 Winter Institute. In this series of three highly interactive web-conferencing workshops, you will gain the skills, tools and best practices you need to make Word documents, PDFs and videos accessible.

We should all be concerned with the accessibility of our courses and our course content. The most important reason is a foundational human decency to ensure that education can reach as many people as possible. With more than 1 billion people worldwide living with some form of disability it is our duty, as educators, instructional designers, and administrators, to ensure that those who desire an education can receive one.” — Dr. C.J. Bracken, QM Live! Facilitator and Assistant Coordinator of Distance Learning at Reynolds Community College

Join Dr. Bracken and other educators for these workshops December 11 – 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Just bring your headset and a course you are working on. Register for just one workshop or sign up for all three workshops for just $250 ($325 for non-members).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

QM Professional Development

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Quality Matters (QM) is an international non-profit organization that provides tools and professional development for quality assurance in online and blended learning. When you see the QM Certification Mark, it means that courses have successfully met QM Rubric Standards for Course Design in an official course review.
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November 30, 2018

Michael, Are Your Courses Accessible?

Note this up-coming webinar.

It’s Time to Meet the Needs
of ALL Learners

female wearing headset smiling while looking at laptop screenYou know accessibility matters. But knowing and doing are two different things. According to The Quad article, “9 Things Students with Disabilities Should Know About Online College,” many institutions are not prepared to meet the growing number of learners with accessibility needs. This is evidenced by the fact that learners with disabilities are much more likely to drop out of school than other students.

It’s time to change that. Start by joining fellow educators for QM Live! 2018 Winter Institute — December 11 – 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern. In this series of three highly interactive web-conferencing workshops, you will gain the skills, tools and best practices you need to make Word documents, PDFs and videos accessible.

“With more than 1 billion people worldwide living with some form of disability it is our duty, as educators, instructional designers, and administrators, to ensure that those who desire an education can receive one.”
— Dr. C.J. Bracken, QM Live! Facilitator and Assistant Coordinator of Distance Learning at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Start making your courses accessible. Register today for just one workshop or sign up for all three workshops for just $250 ($325 for non-members).

Need more accessibility help? If you are a QM member, check out the new Accessibility and Usability Resource Site (AURS). The site — built by QM members for members — is your go-to resource for addressing key accessibility and usability concerns. Register for the site by logging into MyQM and selecting “Workshop – Register” in the side navigation.
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November 28, 2018

FREE Webinar: How To Improve Accessibility To Meet The Needs Of Digital Learners

Note this up-coming webinar that is scheduled for next week.

Quality Matters SoftChalk innovator webinar
December 4, 2018 — 1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern
This webinar is free and open to QM Members as well as non-members.
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Making sure all learners have the same experience is extremely important, especially in online learning. Regardless of the subject matter, the content you’re teaching needs to be clear and accessible so all learners are able to grasp and retain the material. During this webinar, you’ll learn best practices for incorporating accessibility into courses using SoftChalk Create 11 and the newly revised QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition. The webinar speakers will also share their experiences with accessibility throughout their careers in education.

Register Now
Webinar Speakers
Jami Nininger Jami Nininger is the assistant dean of distance education at Mount Carmel College of Nursing and demonstrates a passion for achieving excellence in nursing and nursing education. Jami knows that quality in education and practice is cultivated through a desire to try new and innovative approaches while remaining immersed in evidence that yields best practices. Jami has worked in online education since 2002 and has disseminated her work relating to technology innovations and high-fidelity simulation in nursing education through various publications and presentations. Jami also holds a Master Reviewer Certification from Quality Matters.
jennifer campbell Jennifer Campbell is an associate professor and instructional designer at Tulsa Community College. In her role, she is part of a team that creates and facilitates professional development. Her current focus is on the development of diversity and inclusion training and incorporating service-learning into online courses. She has also presented workshops on making digital content accessible. Jennifer is a Master Reviewer and facilitates Quality Matters workshops.
How accessible are your courses? Learn how to make content accessible for all students during the QM Live! 2018 Winter Institute, December 11–13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern.
Package discounts available.
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Quality Matters (QM) is an international, US-based non-profit organization specializing in standards, processes and professional development for quality assurance in online and blended learning. QM tools and resources are regularly revised to reflect current research and best practices. 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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November 21, 2018

#QMConnect Again With Session Recordings

Note these recordings from the recent QM conference.

Watch Again. See What You Missed.
Share With Colleagues.

Eleven featured sessions from QM Connect 2018 are now available on the QM YouTube channel. Highlights include:

Build on what you learned from QM Connect — take advantage of these opportunities:

  1. QM Live! Winter Institute — Get the accessibility tips you need! Join fellow educators for three highly interactive web-conferencing workshops and learn how to make Word docs, PDFs and videos accessible.
  2. Course Design Reviews — Examine your course through the eyes of your learners. Choose from a variety of review options to evaluate the design of your online or blended course and ensure it meets QM Standards and the expectations of your learners.
  3. QM Success Stories — Learn from others who have been there, done that. In this FREE webinar for QM members, discover what Laredo Community College is doing to gain faculty buy-in when tasked with having to design/redesign their online/hybrid courses using the Quality Matters Rubric. This webinar begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on December 11.
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Thank you to all who participated in the
live webcasting for
QM Connect 2018!

View the eleven session webcasts from QM Connect 2018 on the QM YouTube channel.

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If you attended any of the session webcasts, help the QM Community with your feedback by completing a short survey!
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Save the dates for QM Conferences in 2019. April 25 & 26, we’ll be focusing on Learner Success Through Quality Initiatives at the QM Regional Conference in New York City. Then, October 27-30, we’ll #QMConnect at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.
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