Law & Business I, Nicole Stowell Receives Quality Matters Certification

Nicole StowellInstructional Media Services at Nelson Poynter Library is very pleased to announce Nicole Stowell, Esquire, as a recipient of the Quality Matters Certification. Law & Business I, BUL 3320, received QM Certification on August 13, 2013.

Mrs. Stowell is a leader and early adopter of online learning at USFSP. She has collaborated closely with IMS over the years to continuously analyze and improve the teaching and learning experience in her course through the incorporation of engaging media, interactive learning objects and activities, and learner centered course navigation. She also partners with IMS on research to improve the accessibility of online learning at our institution.

Mrs. Stowell’s course is the fourth course to receive QM Certification at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the third course from the College of Business.

Quality Matters LogoThis QM Certification process consists of a rigorous peer review guided by a research based rubric for high quality distance learning course design. The eight elements of the rubric include: Course Overview & Introduction, Learning Objectives, Instructional Materials, Learner Support, Accessibility, Learner Interaction and Engagement, and Assessment & Measurement.

IMS strives to provide excellent support and guidance to Faculty at any stage of the Quality Matters review process; from the start of course development to the implementation of the QM Seal of Certification within a course upon completion of the peer review.

“Working with Karla Kmetz, David Brodosi, and all of the wonderful Distance Learning department is a pleasure.  Karla and David are very knowledgeable about the QM process which was extremely helpful when we were initially setting up the course.  Also, it was very helpful to have my course reviewed internally before sending it to the external reviewers for their review.  Once the course was sent for review, Karla and David guided me through the process to the ultimate approval by QM.  I really appreciate all that they did in getting the course a QM designated course!”

- Nicole Stowell, Esq.

Congratulations to Nicole Stowell! To learn more about Quality Matters, visit our Professional Development page or contact Instructional Media Services.

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About karlakmetz

Karla is an Instructional Designer at Instructional Media Services and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Education at USFSP. She is currently earning her PhD in Instructional Technology at USF. With 7 years of experience in Education and Accessible Technologies, her professional interests include Universal Design for Higher Education and the Accessibility of Online Courses. Current projects include research on the benefits of closed captioning in online courses to all students.

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