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September 25, 2020

A Special Professional Development Opportunity Just for You!

This item from QM may be of interest.

QMConnectLX Workshops Available
October 22 & 23 to Non-Registrants

Great news! You can now register for QM ConnectLX professional development workshops even if you can’t register for the entire conference!

This is your opportunity to find out why educators consistently recommend QM’s professional development to their peers, including one recent participant who noted on LinkedIn that “#QualityLearning with QM should be on every educator’s professional development list.”

Choose from over 24 two-hour, half- and full-day options such as:

QM Live! Workshops are also available! These two-hour, hands-on workshops are a great way to access learning experiences that are currently only offered as dedicated sessions for institutions. Topics include:

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in peer-recommended workshops that will help you step into the shoes of an online learner and build your skills. 

Register Now
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For $158, you can attend all day on either October 26, 27 or 28! Your one-day registration, provides access to all activities for the day you choose, including:

Concurrent Sessions
Course Checkups
Keynote/Opening Sessions
Networking Events

“Whether you are new to QM or an experienced user, there is something for everyone. Don’t miss out!” — Penny Ralston-Berg, Penn State World Campus

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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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September 20, 2020

Now Available: Your Webinar Recording for “Using DesignPLUS in Canvas to Address QM Standards for Course Design”

This was an interesting webinar if you happen to work for a program/school that uses Canvas and DesignPLUS.

Tools & Resources to Help You Meet
QM Standards

Thank you for your interest in creating courses that meet QM Standards. The webinar recording for “Using DesignPLUS in Canvas to Address QM Standards for Course Design” is now available.

During the webinar, representatives from Cidi Labs, Laredo College and Quality Matters shared how DesignPLUS can help you develop courses in Canvas that meet QM Standards. Now, explore other ways to ensure quality course design that provides students with a clear pathway to success.

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Evaluate Your Course
Use QM’s Self-Review tool to benchmark your course against the QM Rubric and see if it meets QM Standards. QM members can find this tool in the Course Review Management System in MyQMNot a QM member? Explore other review options such as Preparatory Reviews to assess your course design.
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Explore the Standards
Dive deeper into the QM Standards and explore key course design elements such as assessments and assignments in Standard-specific workshops. Options include:

View the professional development schedule to locate upcoming sessions!

QM Connect LX Online Conference
Expand Your Knowledge
Get help for specific course issues at QM ConnectLX — an expanded, online version of our annual conference. Taking place October 22 – 28, the conference will feature many interactive elements, including Course Checkups where you can work with a course design expert and a small group of peers to address challenges related to QM Standards such as accessibility and alignment. Register for the conference today.

Quality Matters offers a host of tools and resources to help you meet QM Standards and create quality learning environments that contribute to student success. Explore all of our professional development and course review options to find the one that is right for you.

If you’d like more information about Cidi Labs and DesignPLUS, request a demo.

Quality Matters QM
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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September 17, 2020

Assess Your Online Teaching Skills and More K-12 News!

A newsletter from the folks at Quality Matters.

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K-12 Online & Blended Learning Newsletter

September 2020

Free Resources
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As we head into an uncertain fall, remember that QM is here for you. We have resources to support you no matter what happens:

Plus, check out the new National Standards for Quality (NSQ) Teaching Professional Learning Portal powered by 2gnoMe. Visit the portal to take a self-assessment that will evaluate your online teaching skills in relation to the NSQ Online Teaching indicators. Then, receive recommended professional development opportunities based on your results.

To learn more about the portal, please join us for a free webinar on September 22 — register today!

Your Time to Shine
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This is an exciting time to be part of the QM K-12 community! As more schools and districts turn to QM to meet their professional development and quality assurance needs, you have the opportunity to take your own commitment to quality to the next level. Here’s how:

  • Become a QM Facilitator — as a facilitator, you will lead workshops for the QM community. If you have recent K-12 experience in teaching, administration or curriculum development, this could be a great fit! Knowledge of QM — either as a role holder (e.g., QM-Certified Reviewer) or past professional development participant — is preferred.
  • Become a QM-Certified Reviewer — as a reviewer, you will use the QM K-12 Rubric to review courses as part of a two- or three-person review team. Review the steps needed to become a K-12 Course Reviewer. Then, start the process by participating in the virtual K-12 Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop during the QM ConnectLX conference next month.
    Can’t attend the conference? You can still register for the workshop, which will be held on Thursday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET! Cost: $250.00. Just complete the workshop registration form.

To learn more about becoming a facilitator or reviewer, please contact the K-12 team.

Find What You Need at QM ConnectLX
QM ConnectLX

October 22 – 28, 2020
Online
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Why should you attend QM ConnectLX? Because as Penny Ralston-Berg from Penn State World Campus explains, “This conference has it all — professional development, camaraderie, tips, tricks, strategies, and yes, even shenanigans! Whether you are new to QM or an experienced user, there is something for everyone. Don’t miss out!”

Explore all your options, including two full-day, K-12 focused professional development workshops:

Several K-12 sessions are also available as well as Course Checkups, where you can work with a course design expert to address specific course issues such as assessments.

Get a taste of the rich content you’ll experience at this year’s QM ConnectLX by viewing this session recording on accessibility from this spring’s QM West Regional Online Conference.

Ready to register? Don’t wait! Register by tomorrow — September 17 — to save $50.00 on the registration fee. Plus, register five or more people and receive an additional $25.00 off per person! Bulk registration rates are also available. Please contact our events team for more information.

Your HyFlex Questions Answered
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In August, Kent State’s Dr. Wendy Tietz presented “Building a HyFlex Course to Support Student Success,” during which she shared tips and tricks from her extensive experience designing and delivering HyFlex courses. There were many questions during the webinar that Dr. Tietz was not able to get to. In this follow-up article, “Top Tips for Designing a HyFlex Course,” Dr. Tietz — along with QM’s Director of Research and Innovation Dr. Bethany Simunich — answers those questions and provides additional strategies and considerations to help you create quality HyFlex experiences that set your students up for success.
Celebrating the Commitment to Quality
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Educators across the globe have gone above and beyond this year — juggling countless challenges, while maintaining their commitment to put students first. We saw this commitment manifest in several ways, including through Official Course Reviews.

Several institutions undertook their first official review this year — highlighting how they are delivering on their online promise. Please join us in recognizing those institutions for taking an important step forward in their quality assurance journey:

One Schoolhouse
Walsh University
Charleston Southern University
Hondros College of Nursing
Stark State College
University of South Florida
Ultimate Medical Academy- Tampa
Graduation Alliance
Touro University Nevada
IMPACT Lab at Radford University East Carolina University
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Clovis Community College

Kudos, as well, to the countless institutions who have continued their commitment to quality in online learning during this difficult year! Each month, dozens of institutions earn the QM Certification Mark — the internationally recognized symbol of online course quality. Institutions with recently certified courses are listed below. To view all certified courses, please visit the QM-Certified Courses page on our website.

Thinking about having your course officially reviewed? Self Reviews and Internal Reviews are a great place to start! They can help you benchmark your course and make improvements before an official review.

Congratulations!
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Please join us in congratulating the following K-12 members for having one or more courses recently QM Certified:

Michigan Virtual
Brigham Young University Independent Study
Pearson Online & Blended Learning
Graduation Alliance
Virtual Arkansas
Virtual South Carolina
Accelerate Education
Edgenuity Inc.

View QM-Certified Courses >>

Welcome New Members
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We are pleased to welcome new members:

Robbinsdale Area Schools
Crosslake Community Schools
Creighton School District
Park Hill School District
Glendale Adventist Academy
Knovva Academy

Learn More About QM Membership >>

Fall into the new normal with a series of interactive workshops focused on the online learning topics you’ve been asking for! Take one or all eight — September 28 – October 1 and October 5 – October 8 — from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern nightly.

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September 16, 2020

Webinar: “Introducing The NSQ Teaching Professional Learning Portal”

This webinar may be of interest to some readers.

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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