Virtual School Meanderings

January 15, 2020

Free Webinar For QM Members January 23: “The Three Little Pigs: Building A Course That Stands”

Note this webinar from Quality Matters, which appears to be offered by a K-12 online learning program.

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QM Success Stories

The Three Little Pigs: Building a Course That Stands

Thursday, January 23 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern

Virtual Arkansas
What does the story of the Three Little Pigs have to do with your QM implementation and quality assurance efforts? Join our January webinar to find out!

During this webinar, you’ll hear about the mistakes and successes of the Little Piggie builders from Virtual Arkansas, a state virtual program that supports the online learning needs of public schools across the state. By the end of the webinar,  you’ll learn how to withstand the changing huffs and puffs of the wolf and build courses that can withstand the test of time.

Additionally, you will learn how to:

  • Collect information on course quality relating to design, curriculum and teaching
  • Relate your own experiences to the shared experiences of the presenters
  • Modify your own organization’s needs based on the presenters’ learned experiences

Presented by:

Kirsten Wilson is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Virtual Arkansas She has 19 years of experience at brick and mortar schools — spanning grades K–12 — and has been immersed in blended learning for a little over a year. As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, she works with an amazing team that writes 94% of their own content and provides rigorous, relevant online courses to over 250 public schools across Arkansas.
Candice McPherson
Candice McPherson is the Director of Design and Development at Virtual Arkansas. Her role includes project management, quality control and implementation support for course content. She has served on a variety of teams and committees devoted to improving online learning experiences including the QM K–12 Rubric Fifth Edition Review Team and the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance Curriculum, PD and Designer workgroups. She holds a master’s degree in instructional technology with an emphasis in distance education from the University of Central Arkansas.
Paula McDougald
Paula McDougald is a Course Design Specialist at Virtual Arkansas. She has a master’s degree in instructional technology with an emphasis in media design and development. In her current role, she supports the management of course design and development projects by assisting teachers with the creation, implementation and revision of online courses. Additionally, Paula has 13 years of teaching experience at the high school level, most of which have been online. Paula also serves as a QM-Certified Reviewer and QM Course Representative.
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January 11, 2020

NSQ – Update On Project Activities

An update from the National Standards for Quality project.

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

Thank you for being a contributor and loyal supporter for the National Standards for Quality Online Learning. This project has been a true community undertaking, and we are very proud of the work that we have accomplished in such a short period of time. Since the work of revising what was previously known as the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Courses, Programs, and Teaching is now complete, we have archived the workgroup Basecamp sites. We wanted to let you know that going forward we will be using a mailing list to communicate out important information.

Now that the standards have been revised and released, it is time to ramp up efforts to spread the word – and you can help! Here’s how:

  1. Become an individual supporter on the NSQ website.

  2. Build awareness of the standards in your organization. Not sure how? We’re hosting a webinar to show you resources which are available for your use and ideas in which you can use them. Join us in Zoom on Thursday, January 30, 2020* at 12 PM PT/2 PM CT/3 PM ET. *NOTE: This date has changed.

  3. Know others who could benefit from NSQ updates? Have them join the mailing list!

We look forward to seeing you on January 30th. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020,

Chris and Cindy

 

 

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January 7, 2020

Head West For Student Success

An item from Quality Matters.

Register Now to Get the Best Rate for the QM West Regional Conference

California State University recently announced a new data initiative designed to support student success — just one of many projects underway in the Western Region aimed at ensuring that students receive the education they deserve.

Uncover more ideas at QM’s 2020 West Regional Conference where dozens of institutions will share their best practices, data-driven policies and enterprising efforts related to “Reaching for Student Success.”

“This conference is sure to ignite your brain and inspire new ideas,” shared Program Committee member Tracy Medrano, M.A.Ed., from California State University San Bernardino. “You’ll hear how others have addressed barriers to student success and gain insight into how continuous improvement in course design can bring out the best in all students.”

Pre-conference workshopsfour session concentrations and numerous networking opportunities provide countless learning opportunities. Find the ones that best meet your needs — the ones that provide the ideas and inspiration you can use at your institution.

Get ready to shine the spotlight on student success
in the West. Register now before the early-bird rate
flies away in February. 

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Location: California State University Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA

Reserve your room at the Holiday Inn & Suites using code WRM.

Register Now
Sign up for pre-conference workshops when you register. Each offers tools and information on improving courses and implementing quality assurance at your institution. 
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December 30, 2019

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December 23, 2019

Celebrating Your Commitment To Quality In 2019

Beginning today and for the next three days, I’ll be posting various holiday greetings that showed up from the various K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning networks that I follow.

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