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March 20, 2017

QM K-12 News: A New Perspective, A Special Resource and Much More!

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QM news focused on the K-12 community for March, 2017.
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K-12 Online & Blended Learning Newsletter

March, 2017

Sometimes All You Need Is…
A new perspective!

That’s what QM member, Ashley Walsh, Virtual High School, Prince William County Schools, VA  discovered after participating in several of QM’s Teaching Online Certificate (TOC) workshops. As Ashley explains, participating in the TOC workshops gave her the tools she needed to look at her courses with a new perspective. Specifically, the Orienting Your Online Learners workshop made her take a second look at whether or not her course design let learners know exactly where they need to go and what they need to do every day. Additionally, the Evaluating Your Course Design workshop helped her fine tune her objectives and establish alignment between her objectives, instructional activities, and assessments, ensuring that her students had the tools and information they needed to master the material and be successful in the course.

In addition to the TOC, Quality Matters provides many opportunities for you to get a new perspective on your course. Consider participating in our upcoming QM Live! Spring Get Active Series where you’ll be given tools and information to help you take another look at several aspects of your course including alignment, measurable objectives and learner engagement. And becoming a K-12 Course Reviewer can help too! As a Peer Reviewer you get to see what other people are doing with their course. That’s a great way to get a fresh perspective on your own course!

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A Resource You Didn’t Know You Had
Designing online and/or blended learning experiences for your students can be an overwhelming task. You already know that QM has a K-12 Secondary Rubric that can help guide you with this, but did you know that there is a community of instructional designers within the larger QM Community who struggle with many of the same issues you do?

The QM Instructional Designers Association (QM IDA) is made up of QM Members who are passionate about course design and want to share ideas and best practices with others. The QM IDA is open to QM Members who have instructional design experience. It’s free to join and includes many benefits:

Check them out…you might find the support and resources you need!

How Are You Going to Connect With the QM Community?
Connecting with the QM Community is an important part of delivering on your online promise. When you connect with the QM Community, you have the chance to share your ideas and experiences. The connections you make provide you with a forum to discuss problems and solutions to online challenges. And they create inspiration. So how are you going to connect with the QM Community?

Present at a Conference
Last year’s QM Conference was a great opportunity for the K-12 community to come together and tackle quality assurance issues in online learning. It was wonderful to see everyone collaborating around our common language — not only within our K-12 circle, but the larger K-20 community as well. We have so much to learn from one another, and our unique situations. That’s why this year we are integrating K-12 sessions into the regular conference tracks. Now we need to make sure we have great K-12 representation! Please consider submitting a proposal for this year’s conference in order to share the exceptional things you are doing in your online learning classrooms. This is your opportunity to showcase your ideas, connect with your peers and help others solve their online challenges. The deadline for submissions is April 7th, and the conference will take place in Fort Worth, Texas on September 24-27, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact QM’s K-12 program Director, Christine Voelker.

Attend a Conference
Next month, many members of the QM Community will be gathering in NYC for the QM Regional Conference. Why not join them? The conference will be held at Berkeley College in Manhattan with pre-conference workshops on April 20 and a variety of sessions on April 21. Topics include:

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect, learn and share in New York City. Register today!
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Welcome New Members!
We are pleased to welcome new member:

Wisconsin eSchool Network

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Putting Quality Assurance Into Practice
When it comes to putting quality assurance into practice, who better to learn from than those who are doing it? That’s why each month we are going to feature a tip from a Quality Matters K-12 member. This month’s tip focuses on course design and comes from Jolene and Jeff at Idaho Digital Learning:

“We have found that listing the measurable objectives and mapping each objective to a corresponding assignment or assessment helps the team design courses that clearly communicate what is most important and what is expected to our students.”

Do you have a quality assurance tip that you would like to share? If so, please contact QM’s Digital Communications and Social Media Manager, Amy Santo.

 

Do you have funds to use before your fiscal year ends? Why not use them to prepay for Quality Matters professional development workshops and course reviews? For more information, please contact Quality Matters CFO, Tom Claffey.

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March 12, 2016

There’s Only One Week Left To Register For The QM Regional Conference

From Thursday’s inbox…

Space is limited – Register Today!

There are just a few days until the QM Regional Conference in New York City.

Join administrators, instructional designers, online and blended learning professionals, faculty and researchers who are interested in where education is headed at this packed conference.

Presenters are coming from far and wide, representing institutions on the leading edge of advancing quality assurance in online and blended education. Join us, learn, network and be a part of this passionate community.

Don’t delay — Register today before it is sold out!

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March 17-18, 2016
Location: Berkeley College, NYC
Reserve your room with code $15OFF at The Roosevelt HotelDon’t forget to sign up for workshops

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February 25, 2016

Feb. 26 is the Last Day to Get Regular Registration Rates on QM’s Regional Conference!

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

Register NOW Before Regular Rates End
Find a Quality State of Mind in NYC

There are just 3 days left to register for QM’s Regional Conference in NYC before February 26 and save $50!

Connect with your colleagues and discover solutions to serious education challenges in your region.

The keynote address, “Breaking Free from the Iron Triangle by Rethinking Technology’s Role in Transforming Higher Education”, explores how changing the way we view technology’s role might finally help us achieve quality improvements in education.

People are also interested in:

You still have time to register and save $50 before February 26! Find a Quality State of Mind with QM and your colleagues in New York City — Register today.

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March 17-18, 2016
Location: Berkeley College, NYC
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February 10, 2016

Early Bird Registration Rate EXTENDED for QM Regional Conference

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Don’t miss out! Get new ideas and techniques at QM’s Regional Conference in NYC!

Join us at QM’s Regional Conference in Manhattan,March 17 and 18, and discover how our community is helping to bring the quality assurance movement — with its focus on delivering quality courses and better learner outcomes and engagement — to institutions. Be one of the next 25 registrants to save on the regular conference registration rate! Use special access code “VIP” when you register and pay just $150 (early bird subscriber rate)!

The keynote address, “Breaking Free from the Iron Triangle by Rethinking Technology’s Role in Transforming Higher Education”, will explore how changing the way we view technology’s role might finally help us achieve the quality improvements we seek in education.

You’ll also learn to evaluate online tools and create inclusive materials in pre-conference workshops and other sessions like:

Time is running out! Be one of the next 25 to registerfor the QM Regional Conference and find a quality state of mind in New York City.

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March 17-18, 2016
Location: Berkeley College, NYC
Reserve your room at
The Roosevelt Hotel

Don’t forget to sign up for workshops

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January 30, 2016

Help Blaze New Trails in Education with Your 8th Annual Conference Proposal!

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Submit your proposal before February 17and save $100 on registration if accepted.

The 8th Annual QM Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning beginsOctober 30. This year we’re asking you to help your colleagues blaze new trails to quality in Portland, Oregon.

When you submit the next great education idea in your conference proposal, you:

  1. Promote the use of quality standards in online learning
    Begin conversations and create the spark someone needs to implement QM.
  2. Share your QM experience and research
    Research is the cornerstone of QM. Sharing course improvement outcomes is an important benefit, something the QM community values most.
  3. Foster collaboration among educators
    A lively session or intriguing poster presentation can make your point, igniting conversations that can become valuable collaborations.
  4. Elevate your conference experience
    New perspectives and new connections can grow your network and invigorate your research and passion for educating learners.

We expect hundreds of attendees from across the globe, educators, administrators and other decision-makers eager to hear what you have to say and discover the latest research focused on improving quality assurance, learner engagement and outcomes.

Submit your proposal before Wednesday, February 17. If it’s accepted, you’ll receive $100 off the cost of your registration. That’s serious savings.

Bring your enthusiasm and ideas to the 8th Annual QM Conference, October 30 – November 2 in Portland, Oregon!

Submit Now
Know someone with a great presentation idea?
Be sure to tell your colleagues about the Call for Proposals.
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