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April 2, 2020

Thank You For Championing The NSQ Online Learning

A note from the folks behind the “national standards.”

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

We hope this email finds you and your family well!   These are extraordinary times for the field of online learning!  Your efforts, time, and expertise offered to K-12 schools is extremely valuable as districts scramble to prepare emergency remote learning opportunities for their students!

We know how hard you are working and we see you out there promoting the National Standards for Quality Online Learning – and for that we wanted to say thank you!   The collaborative work that we have done together has made the three standards sets (Online Programs, Online Teaching, and Online Courses) are an essential framework to be used as the United States and other countries moves forward with developing quality online learning plans to deal with long-term school closures.

Please champion the NSQ standards by sharing the NSQ website with state and district leaders.  Together, we can help ensure quality online learning continues!

Stay Well!

Cindy and Chris

 

 

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It’s Time To Take Your Research From Idea To Reality

A fee-based item from Quality Matters.

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Dear Michael,

Thank you for your interest in the The ABCs of Online Learning Research. This workshop provides tools, resources and one-on-one coaching to help you gauge the impact of your quality assurance efforts.

Kickstart your research and take it from general idea to fleshed-out research study design as you walk through the key steps in the process including:

  • Choosing a topic
  • Constructing a literature review
  • Developing and refining a research question
  • Choosing a framework for your research
  • Picking a research approach
  • Defining how the results might be used

Christine Austin, Director of Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness and Associate Professor of College Student Personnel at Arkansas Tech University, was exploring the relationship between alignment and the level of student attainment in a graduate-level course. After completing the workshop, she found that “being a part of a community of like-minded scholars and discovering what QM-related topics people have been interested in researching,” was beneficial in moving her research plans forward.

Follow in Christine’s footsteps and move your research forward. But don’t wait. The ABCs of Online Learning Research is only offered a few times a year. Secure your spot and register for the next session now.

Thank you again for your interest in The ABCs of Online Learning Research as well as your commitment to bring QM-related research ideas to life. If you have any questions, please contact QM’s Manager of Research & Development Barbra Burch.

Sincerely,
The QM Research Team

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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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April 1, 2020

Now Is The Time To Connect With Peers And Resources

Note this conference update from Quality Matters.

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Register for One Online Conference — Get Access to Both

So many of you were looking forward to our upcoming regional conferences and the opportunity to connect with colleagues, new ideas and the latest best practices. Then, COVID-19 happened. While almost everything has changed, one thing hasn’t — the need to share and learn with each other. That’s why we moved the conferences online and are providing registrants with access to both events — doubling your resources and peer interactions at no additional cost.

Both conferences will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from those who are on the frontlines of online education every day. Uncover best practices and innovative ideas around supporting learners with quality learning environments — and even some tips for transitioning to remote instruction for the short and long term.

To connect with colleagues from coast-to-coast,
simply register for either conference for $125:
Register for the West Regional Online Conference
— OR —
Register for the East Regional Online Conference 

On April 2 and April 23, you’ll receive an email containing the link to join the conference and a link to the Conference Guide with links for all sessions. You’ll also receive access to all of the recorded sessions after the conferences.

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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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March 28, 2020

The Time To Share Your Online Learning Knowledge Is Now!

An opportunity from Quality Matters.

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You Can Do This — Meet the
March 30 Deadline

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Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed the QM community doing what it does best — sharing ideas, resources and advice to help others. Now it is time to bring your depth and breadth of knowledge to the 2020 QM Connect Conference and help make a difference in the lives of even more peers — peers like 2019 QM Connect attendee Melissa England from Lee University.

“I had so many takeaways from this conference and left knowing much more than before I went. It was also nice to hear that so many others had the same frustrations about course discussions, but also ways to improve it!”

What unique idea, innovative process or actionable tip are you going to bring to this year’s QM Connect? What can you share about online teaching, course reviews or learner engagement that shows how you are Bringing Quality Into Focus? How are you going to help others move their own commitment forward? As Dr. Racheal Brooks noted in the “Creating a Winning Proposal” webinar, everyone in the QM community has something to share.

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Submit a proposal by March 30, 2020, to receive personalized feedback and have the opportunity to revise your proposal before the final review. Additionally, if your proposal is accepted, you’ll get a $100 discount on the conference registration fee.

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Follow these simple steps for an opportunity to showcase your ideas and work:

  1. Develop a proposal in one of eight conference concentrations
  2. Choose a presentation format
  3. Submit your proposal by March 30, 2020, for a chance to save!

Questions? Contact events@qualitymatters.org. We look forward to your submission!

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March 26, 2020

Insights Into Online Learning Grow In Fourth CHLOE Report

An item from Quality Matters.

Report Shows How Online Modality Is Reshaping Higher Education

CHLOE 4 Report coverNow more than ever, it is important to have sound research on online learning — research that reflects years of practice and execution from hundreds of institutions. The unprecedented circumstance of employing remote instruction on a large scale due to the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the relevance of report findings on the readiness of online learning to assume this burden.

In its fourth year, the Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) Survey — conducted by Quality Matters and Eduventures Research — delved deeper into key online learning topics, including faculty preparation, OPM partnerships, online support services, enrollment trends, course design, and quality assurance practices.

The results — available in the report “CHLOE 4 The Changing Landscape of Online Education: Navigating the Mainstream” — reflect how institutions have embraced online learning as well as the range of approaches they have taken that have moved online learning from the periphery to the mainstream. Highlights from the 61-page report include:

  • Faculty Preparation — Required preparation of faculty members to teach online was reported by 60% of respondents.
  • OPM Partnerships — OPM partnerships have doubled since 2017 – from 12% to 24%.
  • Support Services — Support services for online learners are largely handled by units that also serve the on-campus population. Some services such as student recruitment, orientation and advising are more likely to be separately administered for online students.
  • Online Orientation — Online student orientation is surprisingly uncommon with only 30% of respondents reporting that it is required at their institution.

This report was made possible through the partnership of QM and Eduventures Research and the support of sponsors iDesignExtensionEngine and Instructional Connections.

Download the report now, then join us for a free webinar — CHLOE 4: Navigating the Mainstream — to learn more about key findings on April 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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The CHLOE 5 Survey, which will include questions regarding continuity of instruction during the COVID-19 crisis, will be administered soon. If you are a Chief Online Officer and wish to participate in the next CHLOE Survey, or if you wish to nominate the COO at your institution, please include that information on the download form and/or contact QM’s Manager of Research & Development Barbra Burch.
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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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