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June 27, 2018

It’s the Online Learning Conference You Don’t Want to Miss

From yesterday’s inbox…

Attend the QM Connect Conference

How Can Quality Online Learning Impact the Learner Experience?

Get the answers you need — attend QM Connect. Dr. Mark Milliron will kick things off with his keynote, “On Quality AND Student Success: The Dream Team,” which will explore key topics including strategies for creating systems and cultures that significantly improve quality, learner completion and career success.

Then, confer with colleagues and gather ideas on related topics such as accessibilitylearner engagementnew technologies, and alternative design models — ideas you can start using right away!

Choose from dozens of sessions including:

The conference was amazing! The breakout sessions I attended were jam-packed with great information and ideas I plan to incorporate in my online courses.” — Crystal F. Gooding, Pitt Community College

Be a part of QM’s 10th annual conference and join a community of people who believe quality matters in St. Louis, Missouri, from October 30 to November 2.

But don’t wait to register! There are only 240 spots available at the discounted rate. Save $90.00. Register for QM Connect today!

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Book your room at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel to get $200 off registration.
Register five or more people now and receive $59.50 off each registration fee!

Get first choice of pre-conference workshops. Each offers tools and information on improving courses and implementing quality assurance at your institution. Workshop space is limited so sign up when you register!

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June 20, 2018

Michael, We’re Giving You More Time to Submit Your Proposal

Note the extension on this call for proposals.

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Call for Proposals Extended to June 29

We know you’ve been meaning to submit your QM Connect Conference proposal. Now you have more time to put the finishing touches on it. The deadline for submission has been extended to June 29. But don’t wait too long. This is your opportunity to make a difference in online education and expand your professional horizon — submit your proposal today.

Presenting at QM felt like I had finally reached the next level of my professional process. Learning and collaborating with colleagues from across the nation was a fresh breath of inspiration and motivation to creating new pathways for growth and innovation at my institution.” — Maikel Alendy, Florida International University

So how can you tell your story and share your ideas and experiences? It’s simple:

  1. Explore this year’s theme — Gateway to Quality — and choose from eight concentrations.
  2. Develop your proposal.
  3. Submit your #QMConnect proposal before  June 29.

We look forward to your submission! Contact us with questions.

QM Connect Conference with the theme of Gateway to Quality is October 30 to November 2, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri
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June 3, 2018

Michael, The Time To Make A Difference Is NOW!

From Friday’s inbox…

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QM Connect Call for Proposals is Closing

From building buy-in to implementing new technologies to improving accessibility, we know you have ideas, experiences, research, and success stories that will help the QM Community make a difference for learners and improve the online learning experience. So don’t keep them to yourself any longer! Set the stage for a rewarding professional experience — submit a presentation proposal for the 2018 QM Connect Conference happening this fall in St. Louis, Missouri.

Presenting at the Quality Matters Conference was an amazing experience! It allowed me to reflect on my work and think about it from a 30,000 foot view. My boss was impressed that I was selected and happy to approve my conference travel. And I had great back and forth with the folks who attended my presentation, taking away valuable feedback!” — Melissa Kaufman, MS, Director of Online Learning, Drexel University

Follow in Melissa’s footsteps and submit your presentation proposal by June 15.
Here’s how:

Step 1: Explore this year’s theme — Gateway to Quality — and choose your concentration. Options include:

  1. Measuring the Impact of Quality Assurance
  2. Launching QM and Achieving Sustainability
  3. Quality Assurance: Theory to Practice
  4. Leading Quality Assurance
  5. Engagement Strategies
  6. Fresh Ideas: Accessibility
  7. Fresh Ideas: Technology
  8. Fresh Ideas: Alternative Design Models

Step 2: Develop your proposal

Step 3: Submit your #QMConnect proposal before June 15

We look forward to your submission! Contact us with questions.

QM Connect Conference with the theme of Gateway to Quality is October 30 to November 2, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri
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June 1, 2018

Put Quality Assurance On Your Summer To-Do List

From yesterday’s inbox…

Improve Your Course &
Set Learners Up for Success

We know Touro University California is committed to delivering on its online promise to learners and ensuring quality in its online and blended courses. Take steps this summer to improve courses and set your learners up for success.

Research shows that participating in Quality Matters professional development leads to change in courses — change that benefits learners. In their research study, “The Impact of the Quality Matters Professional Development on Teaching across Delivery Formats,” Lorna R. Kearns and Rae Mancilla from the University of Pittsburgh highlight some of those changes including incorporating instructor welcome videos, providing additional resources for learner support, and clarifying course policies and expectations.

Put the power of change to work for your learners by participating in learning opportunities from QM:

Improve Alignment with Objectives & Assessments

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In QM Live! Summer Camp, you will learn how to create measurable, precise, and clear learning objectives, and explore how to make assessments align with objectives. The unique web conferencing format enables you to collaborate with other participants to discuss how to select tools, appropriate learning materials, and incorporate engaging activities. Sign up now for one or all three of the two-hour July 17 – 19sessions.

Tackle Topics Together

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Focus on the topics that matter most to you, your learners and your colleagues. Sessions on accessibility, learner engagement and a variety of other topics related to applying QM Standards and teaching online can be scheduled for your group at a time that’s right for you. Explore the options for online, face-to-face and web conferencing delivery and then contact QM’s Professional Development Registrar for scheduling. Many institutions find that summer is a great time for organizing dedicated professional development — get help from QM!

Delve Into Course Quality

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Is your organization gearing up for Internal or Official Course Reviews? Are you interested in seeing what others are doing in their courses and building skills to provide helpful feedback for course improvement? In either case, the Peer Reviewer Course can help — and put those with online teaching experience on a path to become QM-Certified Peer Reviewers. Review the course description and requirements for certification, then use time this summer to ramp up your QM quality assurance skill set. See available sessions.
You may have heard — the QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition will be released July 2, 2018. All professional development sessions beginning on or after July 2 that reference the QM Rubric will use the Sixth Edition. By participating in QM professional development this summer, you can get up to speed with the revised Rubric and maintain momentum with delivering on your online promise.
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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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May 16, 2018

Michael, We Can’t Wait to See You In St. Louis

Information about this regional conference.

Attend the QM Connect Conference

Registration for the #QMConnect Conference is Now Open

Meet us in St. Louis this October for the 2018 QM Connect Conference! This is your opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the world and exchange ideas and solutions to deliver on your online promise. Plus, get ready to celebrate! QM Connect is turning 10. Join us to mark 10 years of connecting and sharing as well as 10 years of growth in online education!

Open the Gateway to Quality and examine the online topics that matter most to you. Concentrations include:

  1. Measuring the Impact of Quality Assurance
  2. Launching QM and Achieving Sustainability
  3. Quality Assurance: Theory to Practice
  4. Leading Quality Assurance
  5. Engagement Strategies
  6. Fresh Ideas: Accessibility
  7. Fresh Ideas: Technology
  8. Fresh Ideas: Alternative Design Models
  9. New You Can Use from QM

Get ready to open the Gateway to Quality in St. Louis, Missouri. Register now and save $90.00 on registration fees. But don’t wait! There are only 340 spots available at the discounted rate.

Marriott hotel in St. Louis, MissouriBook your room at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel to get $200 off registration.
Register five or more people now and receive $59.50 off each registration fee!

Get first choice of pre-conference workshops. Each offers tools and information on improving courses and implementing quality assurance at your institution. Workshop space is limited so sign up when you register!

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