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July 14, 2017

Guess Who’s Looking Forward to Seeing You in Fort Worth?

From yesterday’s inbox…

Attend the QM Connect Conference

The #QMConnect Presenters!For months, #QMConnect presenters have been hard at work, developing interactive and informative sessions to help you deliver on your online promiseand improve the quality of online learning.

I absolutely love presenting at QM conferences because the experience is not like a presentation at all. It’s more like a discussion with colleagues who have all run into the same or similar types of experiences throughout their careers.”— Darrin Jones, Iowa State University

Join Darrin and all of the QM presenters as we explore the topics that matter most to you including promoting QM with limited financial resourcesacademic rigor and increasing faculty collaboration.

Katie Mercer from Georgia Southern Universitywill also be presenting:

I am most looking forward to hearing innovative ideas surrounding the use of the QM Rubric and I hope participants get inspiration for using the QM Rubric to increase faculty collaboration.

Don’t miss out on Katie’s session and more! Registerfor QM Connect today! Less than 80 spots remain at the discounted rate. Once they are gone, the registration fee for #QMConnect will go up. Get the best rate — register now!

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Register five or more people now to get $59.50 off each registration fee!Book your room at the Omni Fort Worth to get $200 off registration.

Register now to get your choice of pre-conference workshops. Choose from full- and half-day sessions to help you improve learner engagement, implement QM, address accessibility issues and more!

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June 22, 2017

Yikes! You’re Going To Miss Out!

Note the deadline for this early bird registration.

Attend the QM Connect Conference
#QMConnect Early-Bird Rate Won’t Last Forever
But the Connections You Make this September Just Might
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn and share with peers from around the world — to connect and network with colleagues delving into their QM journey just like you.

Together, we will explore Pathways to Excellence to help ensure continuous improvement and quality assurance in online learning at all levels of an organization including:

Don’t wait any longer to register. Less than 175 spots remain at the discounted rate. Once they are gone, the registration fee for #QMConnect will go up. Get the best rate — register today!

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You’ll meet QM enthusiasts like Steven Crawford from Arizona State University
Register five or more people now to get $59.50 off each registration fee!

Book your room at the Omni Fort Worth to get $200 off registration.

Register now to get your choice of pre-conference workshops. Choose from full- and half-day sessions to help you improve learner engagement, implement QM, address accessibility issues and more!

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June 8, 2017

Don’t Attend #QMConnect Unless You Need…

From yesterday’s inbox…

Attend the QM Connect Conference
Inspiration. Lasting Connections. Fresh Ideas.QM Connect is the go-to conference for educators like you — educators seeking inspiration, valuable connections and new ideas to help them deliver on their online promise.

Whether you are a first-time attendee or a conference veteran, QM Connect has something for you.

I was impressed. It was my first time to attend. I had some real takeaway ideas and new thoughts that I will not only utilize in my own teaching, but I will also be sharing with my colleagues.” — Kathy Achen, New Mexico State University

This year, explore critical topics including engagement strategies, academic rigor and achieving sustainability as you discover your Pathway to Excellence and connect with colleagues from around the world, exchange ideas and gain solutions to online learning challenges.

There’s more [at the conference] than learning how to set up an online class. People have real solutions to improve educational content and delivery both online and in the classroom.” — Stacey Cofield, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham

Be inspired. Make important connections. And get real ideas that you can use today. Join your peers to #QMConnect this fall in Fort Worth, Texas. You’ll be glad you did.

After many years of attending many types of conferences, I feel like I finally have connected with kindred-spirits, colleagues who want to lead change and help higher education establish research-based models of learning for the 21st century.” — Noel Stahle, William Penn University

But don’t wait to register! There are only about 200spots left at the discounted rate.

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Book your room at the Omni Fort Worth to get $200 off registration.
Register five or more people now and receive $59.50 off each registration fee!

Don’t forget to sign up forworkshops.
Register now to get your choice of pre-conference workshops. Choose from full- and half-day sessions to help you improve learner engagement, implement QM, address accessibility issues and more!

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May 25, 2017

Make Plans Now to #QMConnect This Fall

From Monday’s inbox…

Attend the QM Connect Conference
Limited Spots Available at the Discounted RateBe there this fall when the QM Community gathers in Fort Worth, Texas to share, connect and explore the latest topics in online education — the topics that matter most to you.

From overcoming reluctance to engagement strategies to accessibility, QM Connect covers the topics that impact your learners and directly affect quality assurance in online learning.

Register now and save $90.00 on registration fees. Then get ready to #QMConnect on these issues and more:

But don’t wait to register! There are only about 250spots left at the discounted rate.

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Book your room at the Omni Fort Worth to get $200 off registration.
Register five or more people now and receive $59.50 off each registration fee!

Don’t forget to sign up forworkshops.
Register now to get your choice of pre-conference workshops. Choose from full- and half-day sessions to help you improve learner engagement, implement QM, address accessibility issues and more!

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May 24, 2017

What’s Trending in Online Education?

From the inbox yesterday or the day before…

The first CHLOE Survey Report is now available for download!
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Find Out in the First CHLOE Survey Report!

CHLOE Survey Report coverIt’s been 20 years since online learning was first introduced. So where does it stand today? We teamed up with Eduventures, a leading research and advisory firm focused on higher education, to fill the gap in researching this important topic.

We started with a survey of Chief Online Officers to gauge, among other things, how their institutions are funding, developing programs, conducting quality assurance, making technology investments and managing innovation as online learning becomes mainstream. Results of the survey — The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) — are now publicly available in The 2017 CHLOE Report.

So what trends in the management of online learning did CHLOE find? You’ll want to download and share the full report to see how institutions similar to yours compare. Here are a few highlights from the 51-page study:

  • Course development. Nearly 40% of private nonprofit colleges require faculty to use instructional design support in building their online courses. In contrast, only about 11% of two- and four-year public institutions do so.
  • Pricing. Among public two-year and four-year schools, over 90% of respondents indicated that the price of their online programs is either in line with or higher than conventional programming. Such data suggests that most schools have not made it a priority to use online learning to lower costs.
  • Program Objectives. CHLOE found that the predominant impetus for investment in online learning today is enrollment growth, with other objectives, such as student completion gains and cost reduction, trailing far behind.
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The second iteration of CHLOE is scheduled for June and focuses on the motives behind choices made by leaders of online programs. If your institution would like to participate in that survey, please email QM’s Manager of Research & Development, Barbra Burch, or Eduventures Research Analyst, Mughees Khan.
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