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September 10, 2021

FREE Research Webinar: QM Research Roundup: Surveys, Supports, and Synergy

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QM Research Webinar

QM Research Roundup: Surveys, Supports, and Synergy

Thursday, September 16, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern

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Join QM’s Director of Research and Innovation to explore how Quality Matters supports — and collaborates with — our community through research. Dr. Bethany Simunich will:

  • Provide an overview of what QM Research and Innovation does and how it supports the work you do
  • Present detailed results from two 2021 QM Coordinator surveys regarding institutional implementation of the QM framework and how institutions use and flex framework tools and resources
  • Share the latest QM-focused research, including key highlights from reports and the research website
  • Discuss upcoming events, as well as our publicly available resources, such as the Research Online Toolkit and Research Library database

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with QM research — register for the next free QM Research Webinar today! The webinar will be live captioned.

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Presented By:
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.
globe with magnifying glassCan’t make it? No worries — recordings of QM Research Webinars can be found on our YouTube channel one week after the webinar. Find information about the Research Webinar Series and other research-related resources in the Research section of the QM website.
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August 28, 2021

Time is Running Out to Save on QM ConnectLX ⏰

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A conference update from the folks at QM.

Don’t Miss the Chance to Save on the Conference that has Something for Everyone!

New to online learning? A veteran with years of experience? Charged with overseeing your institution’s online programs? Or working on the front lines creating and delivering courses? 

No matter your level of experience or position, you will find the actionable ideas and invigorating inspiration you need at QM ConnectLX  — the concepts, tools and resources you need to meet the evolving needs of your students. But don’t take our word for it. Hear from Associate Professor Patrick Dempsey who reaps the benefits as both a presenter and attendee.

Choose from dozens of sessions on a range of topics, including:
  • Micro-credential trends
  • Culturally responsive course design
  • Simulation tools
  • Leading during a pandemic
  • Online teaching principles
  • And so much more!
Plus, a can’t-miss keynote on humanized online teaching, multiple pre-conference workshops, networking sessions, and QM’s annual awards!

Registration for the conference begins at $300 — but you only have one week left to save! The price will increase on September 2. So secure your spot today!

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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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August 25, 2021

Half-Day Professional Development for Just $25

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A K-12 focused item from the folks at QM.

Learn From  and With — Leading Online Experts

October 15, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern

As the school year gets underway, the ongoing Covid pandemic is already forcing many schools and districts to change their in-person learning plans. Be prepared — attend the Q-Up for K-12 Digital Quality Conference to get the resources and inspiration you need to meet the needs of your students no matter what happens this year.

The curated selection of sessions will provide you with actionable ideas you can implement immediately to make a difference for you and your students, including:
  • Rolling out online learning to elementary students
  • Designing engaging online courses for secondary students
  • Ensuring equity in online environments
  • Creating accessible courses
  • Prioritizing social-emotional learning in the online environment
Registration for the conference is only $25.00 — making the conference an affordable and impactful professional development experience. Plus, you may be able to earn up to four CEUs for attending!
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Want to register your whole team or a large group?
Contact the QM Events Team for details!
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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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August 20, 2021

Set Your Students Up for Success on Day One

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A K-12-focused item from the folks at QM.

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Resources for Building Quality

August 2021

Cracking the Course Introduction Video

As students prepare to return to school, there are many questions on their minds, including “Who’s my teacher?” and “How do I get started?”. Help answer these key questions by creating an introduction video. In his article, “Making a First Impression With Your Introduction Videos,” Dr. Steve Crawford highlights the important role introduction videos play in providing students with cues about the course and creating instructor presence.

What does this look like in action? Watch how Pam Shaw — a former teacher from Illinois Virtual School and current QM K-12 Course Review Manager — introduced a course to her students.
For more information on how introduction videos can also help you meet QM Standards, check out the annotations for Specific Review Standards 1.1 T, 1.2 C, and 1.7 C in the QM K-12 Rubric Standards for Course Design.

Don’t have a Rubric Workbook? Members can order one today!

Ready to create your own introduction video but aren’t sure where to start? Check out our timely tips to help you set your students up for success from day one no matter how much — or how little — time you have!

Top 10 K-12 Organizations with QM-Certified Courses

  • Pearson Online & Blended Learning: 133
  • Edgenuity: 91
  • Edmentum: 76
  • Michigan Virtual: 58
  • North Carolina Virtual Public School: 47
  • Strongmind: 46
  • Founders Education: 16
  • Graduation Alliance: 15
  • Brigham Young University Independent Study: 14
  • International Academy of Science: 12
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Learning Opportunities

There will be something for everyone at this fall’s special QM K-12 event! The half-day Q-Up for Digital Quality Conference will feature a number of curated sessions to help you improve the quality of online learning and meet student needs, including:

  • Lessons Learned: Rolling out Online Learning to Elementary Students
  • Ensuring Equity in Middle and High School Learning Environments
  • Prioritizing SEL in the Online Classroom: Tips for Administrators

The conference provides a great professional development opportunity for you and your team. Plus, you may be able to earn up to four CEUs for attending! Registration for the virtual half-day event is only $25. Reserve your spot today.


Check out all our professional development workshops and courses to find the ones that are right for you.

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Annapolis, MD 21401

August 19, 2021

QM ConnectLX Keynote Just Announced and More HE News!

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Higher Education News

August 2021

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Paper Reveals Faculty Perceptions of PD
As CHLOE 6 highlighted, institutions are prioritizing professional development for those who teach online, including quality assurance training. But is it beneficial? Kevin Kaatz, Associate Professor at California State University East Bay, decided to find out. The short answer: yes! Ninety-six percent of those surveyed said the professional development they received — which included many QM offerings — was helpful. Watch as Kevin shares some highlights. Then review his full paper for the details.
Just Announced: QM ConnectLX Keynote
QM Connect LX Online Conference

Workshops: Oct. 28 & 29
Sessions: Nov. 3-5

Pricing for the conference begins at $300.

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As QM Executive Director Dr. Deb Adair noted earlier this year, the definition of quality needs to change from one of exclusiveness to one of inclusiveness. So how do we get there? Explore a key path forward during QM ConnectLX when keynote speaker Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Faculty Mentor for the California Community Colleges CVC-OEI/@ONE, presents “Humanized Online Teaching: A Pathway to Equity.”

During her presentation, Michelle will explore the important role relationships play in student success and how human connections are key to closing equity gaps in higher education and online courses. She will showcase a model of online faculty development that is shifting professor mindsets about online courses in California, while honing their digital fluency and advancing their knowledge of the social-psychological aspect of learning.

Michelle’s keynote will kick off three days of hands-on, practical learning with something for everyone from administrators to frontline faculty. Secure your spot before the price increases on September 2.

Have You Claimed Your QM Digital Credentials?
Find out why Steve Kaufman from the University of Akron thinks now is the perfect time

Culturally Responsive Course Design
Quick tip
Creating meaningful online interactions and engaging students is a challenge faced by many educators. One solution — focus on inclusive design and pedagogical practices that incorporate and reflect the diversity that your students bring to the online classroom.

Start by adding examples, images and illustrations that reflect the diversity of the population in your course. For example, include contributions and voices of underrepresented groups such as individuals with disabilities, women and a variety of racial and ethnic groups.

Learn more at this fall’s QM ConnectLX Conference! Several sessions will focus on inclusive course design, including:

Secure your spot at QM ConnectLX today!

Congratulations!
Please join us in congratulating the following Higher Education, Publisher and Continuing & Professional Education members for having one or more courses recently QM Certified:
A+ Texas Teachers of Tomorrow
Appalachian State University
Athens State University
Austin Community College District
Austin Peay State University
Calhoun Community College
California State University-East Bay
California State University-Sacramento
Cameron University
Columbia Southern University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida SouthWestern State College
Germanna Community College
Heartland Community College
Hennepin Technical College
Indian River State College
Indiana University-Southeast
Iowa State University
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Keene State College
Laredo College
Minnesota State University-Mankato
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Northeast Texas Community College
Northwest-Shoals Community College
Plymouth State University
ResponsiveEd
Reynolds Community College
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Southeastern Community College (NC)
Southern Arkansas University Tech
St. Louis Community College
Texas A & M International University
The University of Texas at Arlington
University of Cincinnati
University of New Mexico-Main Campus
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of Southern Indiana
University of Toledo
University of West Georgia
Winona State University

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Fayetteville Technical Community College
Instituto Profesional AIEP
Lees-McRae College
North-West University
Ohio Department of Education
The University of Queensland
Universidad Pontificial Bolivariana
University of Oklahoma College of Nursing

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Interested in doing research on the impact of Quality Matters? Set yourself up for success with the QM Research Toolkit. Designed for both new and experienced researchers, the toolkit walks you through the steps of conducting a research project and provides examples for each step.

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