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August 13, 2018

Stand Out With QM Program Review Certification

From the inbox over the weekend…

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Dear Michael,

Thank you for your interest in Quality Matters Program Reviews — an important component of the quality assurance process and another step in delivering on your online promise.
Program Reviews offer many benefits to your institution and to students. Program Reviews can:

  • Aid in the accreditation process
  • Highlight the quality of your online programs to stakeholders
  • Help set your programs apart
  • Improve your programs through the process of qualifying for QM Certification

Chamberlain College of Nursing recently received two Program Certifications after going through the review process and couldn’t agree more about the benefits.

“Program reviews help to ensure that students have access to essential academic resources and services to support their success in the online world. They also show students that continual quality improvement and integration of their feedback is valued at Chamberlain.”
— Anne Marie Hodges, Manager, Web Development

Learn more about the benefits of Program Reviews and the process by reading the full account of Chamberlain’s experience.

If you have plans to have one or more online programs reviewed, or if are you considering Program Candidacy, we are here to help. To start, we recommend participating in the Preparing for Program Reviews workshop — a one hour workshop that covers the demands of the process, the evidence required, and information to help you determine whether you are ready to undergo this process.

You may also complete the Learn More form on the Programs Review page, and we will contact you to answer questions or schedule an information session.

Thank you again for your interest in Program Reviews as well as your commitment to quality assurance in online learning. We look forward to working with you as you move forward in the process.

Sincerely,
QM Program Reviews

Quality Matters QM
Quality Matters (QM) is an international non-profit organization that provides tools and professional development for quality assurance in online and blended learning. When you see the QM Certification Mark, it means that courses have successfully met QM Rubric Standards for Course Design in an official course review.
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August 9, 2018

Your Webinar Link + 3 Helpful Resources

This information from Quality Matters may be useful to some.

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Put Research and the Sixth Edition
Higher Ed Rubric to Work

Thank you for your interest in our recent webinar, “The Role of Research in Developing the Sixth Edition of the QM Higher Education Rubric for Course Design.”

The webinar recording is now ready for you to view! Please note, this link is valid for 30 days. You can also visit the webinar Q&A page to find answers to some of the questions we received during the webinar—as well as all of the links we shared in the chat box.

Want to learn more? Check out the resources below!

Start Using the Sixth Edition to Meet Course Design Standards

Did you know that courses are 42% more likely to meet Standards in the first review when they are pre-reviewed with an internal review process such as a Preparatory Review or Self Review? QM higher education members can access the newest edition of the QM Higher Education Rubric in the CRMS and test it out with a Self-Review. And anyone can enroll in the APPQMR or IYOC to put the research into practice and learn how to use the Standards to improve courses. Not a member yet? Check out the list of Specific Review Standards and see if QM Membershipis right for you!

QM HE Members: Complete the Free Rubric Update

Attend this online, self-paced session to see what’s different about the newest edition of the HE Rubric—and retain your current QM Role. This short session is free for QM Members until December 31, 2018. Register now for the Rubric Update.

Learn the ABCs of QM-Focused Research

Did you know QM Rubrics rely on research from the QM Community? Sign up for this workshopto learn the steps for developing a research study with the goal of improving online education. The next workshop starts November 14, 2018. Members save $100.

Do you have a research interest you’d like to see addressed in a QM research webinar?
Let us know. Send your ideas to QM’s Manager of Research & Development Barbra Burch.

Quality Matters QM
Quality Matters (QM) is an international, US-based non-profit organization specializing in standards, processes and professional development for quality assurance in online and blended learning. QM tools and resources are regularly revised to reflect current research and best practices. 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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July 25, 2018

Go Behind The Scenes Of The QM Higher Education Rubric

From yesterday’s inbox…

Explore the Process and Research Used
to Develop the Sixth Edition

funnel with elements of rubric update process represented as ingredients and cover of Rubric Workbook coming out the endQM’s free research webinar series continues with an in-depth look at the research behind the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition. Join QM Staff, QM Research Colleagues and guest experts — Tuesday, July 31, at 1 p.m.Eastern — for an overview of what can only be described as a robust process.

The literature review involved a team of higher education and instructional design researchers inspecting, sorting, and grading over 1200 articles, theses and dissertations from the education, technical, and psychological literature to select the best evidence to support the Rubric Standards and identify new trends.” — Wade Lee, Research Engagement Librarian, University of Toledo

The presentation will include:

  • Why a new Rubric was developed.
  • What changes were made.
  • An overview of the Rubric update process and the people involved.
  • A look at the research involved including the literature review process and explanations of other important data collection and analysis.

Ready to dive into the research? Join us for “The Role of Research in Developing the Sixth Edition of the QM Higher Education Rubric for Course Design” webinar on Tuesday, July 31, at 1 p.m. Eastern. Register for the free research webinar today!

Register Now
Quality Matters QM
Quality Matters (QM) is an international, US-based non-profit organization specializing in standards, processes and professional development for quality assurance in online and blended learning. QM tools and resources are regularly revised to reflect current research and best practices. 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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June 27, 2018

It’s the Online Learning Conference You Don’t Want to Miss

From yesterday’s inbox…

Attend the QM Connect Conference

How Can Quality Online Learning Impact the Learner Experience?

Get the answers you need — attend QM Connect. Dr. Mark Milliron will kick things off with his keynote, “On Quality AND Student Success: The Dream Team,” which will explore key topics including strategies for creating systems and cultures that significantly improve quality, learner completion and career success.

Then, confer with colleagues and gather ideas on related topics such as accessibilitylearner engagementnew technologies, and alternative design models — ideas you can start using right away!

Choose from dozens of sessions including:

The conference was amazing! The breakout sessions I attended were jam-packed with great information and ideas I plan to incorporate in my online courses.” — Crystal F. Gooding, Pitt Community College

Be a part of QM’s 10th annual conference and join a community of people who believe quality matters in St. Louis, Missouri, from October 30 to November 2.

But don’t wait to register! There are only 240 spots available at the discounted rate. Save $90.00. Register for QM Connect today!

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Book your room at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel to get $200 off registration.
Register five or more people now and receive $59.50 off each registration fee!

Get first choice of pre-conference workshops. Each offers tools and information on improving courses and implementing quality assurance at your institution. Workshop space is limited so sign up when you register!

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June 20, 2018

Michael, We’re Giving You More Time to Submit Your Proposal

Note the extension on this call for proposals.

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Call for Proposals Extended to June 29

We know you’ve been meaning to submit your QM Connect Conference proposal. Now you have more time to put the finishing touches on it. The deadline for submission has been extended to June 29. But don’t wait too long. This is your opportunity to make a difference in online education and expand your professional horizon — submit your proposal today.

Presenting at QM felt like I had finally reached the next level of my professional process. Learning and collaborating with colleagues from across the nation was a fresh breath of inspiration and motivation to creating new pathways for growth and innovation at my institution.” — Maikel Alendy, Florida International University

So how can you tell your story and share your ideas and experiences? It’s simple:

  1. Explore this year’s theme — Gateway to Quality — and choose from eight concentrations.
  2. Develop your proposal.
  3. Submit your #QMConnect proposal before  June 29.

We look forward to your submission! Contact us with questions.

QM Connect Conference with the theme of Gateway to Quality is October 30 to November 2, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri
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