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October 20, 2020

NSQ Leadership Team Nominations

Some readers may be interested in making nominations.

The National Standards for Quality (NSQ) provide the K-12 community with an updated set of openly licensed standards (formerly iNACOL standards) to help evaluate and improve online courses, online teaching, and online programs.

Dear Michael

Thank you for being such a valued contributor to the National Standards for Quality Online Learning! Your efforts continue to make a difference for educators across the world, especially during these tumultuous times. We want to take a moment to especially thank the members of the NSQ Leadership Team. These educators have worked behind the scenes to help guide our work, and we could not be more thankful for their leadership, thoughtful input and decision making. 2021 will hopefully bring with it some new changes, along with exciting challenges. For a few of our Leadership Team members, this means retirement, changing positions, and new endeavors. Because of this, we are currently accepting nominations for four open spots on the team. 

There are 15 members of the Leadership Team and all have substantial experience in the field of distance learning. These may include K-12 and higher education, public and private schools, non-governmental organizations, the educational publishing community, etc. The members are responsible for, among other things, advising on the work of the National Standards for Quality Online Learning, reviewing new and revised NSQ policies, initiatives, and projects, for example, revision timelines, and the development of new resources, advocating for and networking on behalf of the NSQ, disseminating information about NSQ, and serving on subcommittees and task forces as needed. The Leadership Team meets online monthly or quarterly depending on the project scope for the upcoming year, and members must be available to attend and participate actively in a majority of meetings.

If you are interested in leading the work of the National Standards for Quality Online Learning, or know a colleague who would be a good fit, we hope that you will fill out a nomination form. Nominations are due by November 10, 2020, and self-nominations are welcome. If you have any questions, using the contact information below.

We look forward to reading your nominations!

Christine Voelker (cvoelker@qualitymatters.org) and Cindy Hamblin (chamblin@k12vls.org)

NSQ Program Managers

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October 15, 2020

Flash Sale: Save $50 on QM ConnectLX

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October 6, 2020

Meet your QM ConnectLX Keynote Speaker

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An update from the folks at Quality Matters.

From America’s rural communities to the world’s largest education system in India, the digital divide is a universal reality — a critical equity issue that schools, now more than ever, need to address. That’s why we’re so excited to have Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, President of Montgomery College, delivering the keynote at this year’s QM ConnectLX Conference.

Join Dr. Pollard and your colleagues for an engaging exploration of
The Digital Divide: The Next Frontier in Equity.”

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Since 2010, Dr. Pollard has served as President of Montgomery College, a three-campus community college with 55,000 credit and noncredit students. During that time, she spearheaded the development of a new Montgomery College mission and strategic plan. She also played a pivotal role in the creation of Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success — a support program designed to help disadvantaged students transition from high school to college completion. The program now has 2,700 students enrolled.

Dr. Pollard will bring her experience addressing equity issues to QM ConnectLX and help us all rise to the challenges and respond to a crisis of inequality by bringing quality into focus.

Get ready for Dr. Pollard’s keynote by reading her interview with The Washington Post on the digital divide. Also, check out her Montgomery College video blog.

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September 25, 2020

A Special Professional Development Opportunity Just for You!

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September 21, 2020

Reminder: Join the NSQ Professional Learning Portal Webinar on 9/22

Note this webinar tomorrow.

The National Standards for Quality (NSQ) provide the K-12 community with an updated set of openly licensed standards (formerly iNACOL standards) to help evaluate and improve online courses, online teaching, and online programs.

Dear Michael

Looking for resources to help support the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching? Join us and other friends of NSQ as we introduce the launch of the free NSQ Online Teaching Professional Learning Portal powered by 2gnoMe.  This webinar will take place on September 22 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. It will be an excellent opportunity to view the professional learning portal from the educator’s perspective, which includes a self reflection diagnostic tool, see the types of resources available, and ask questions.  We hope you will click on the link below to register and join us on September 22.

Register 

Hope to see you on Tuesday!

Cindy Hamblin and Chris Voelker

 

 

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The National Standards for Quality (NSQ) provide the K-12 community with an updated set of openly licensed standards (formerly iNACOL standards) to help evaluate and improve online courses, online teaching, and online programs.

To the National Standards for Quality Online Learning contributors and supporters,

We are excited to announce the soft launch of the NSQ Teaching Professional Learning Portal powered by 2gnoMe. The portal offers personalized professional learning resources aligned to the NSQ Online Teaching Standards.  Users begin with a self-reflection diagnostic to assess their knowledge and skills tied to the NSQ Online Teaching Standards and indicators.  Based on diagnostic results, users are directed to personalized professional learning resources that have been made available by the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance and Quality Matters.  Future expansion of the portal will include vetted high-quality resources from other organizations. 

As friends and family of the NSQ project, we invite you to our portal launch webinar on September 22 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.  This will be an excellent opportunity to view the portal from the educator’s perspective, see the types of resources available, and ask questions.  Join us on September 22 by registering through Quality Matters

 

This announcement and webinar invitation is being shared with our NSQ networks.  We encourage you to explore the portal in advance of the webinar.  Your review will assist us in testing the site and gathering feedback prior to the public release planned for October.   If you have feedback, questions, and/or find quirks that need to be addressed, please complete the NSQ PD Feedback form.  

 

Cindy and Chris, NSQ Project Managers

 

 

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