OLITS is pleased to announce that Dr. Karen Ramlackhan, of USF St. Petersburg’s College of Education, has just received Quality Matters certification for two of her online courses. Her online graduate courses, Foundations of Curriculum (EDG 6627), received certification on September 27, 2019 and Child Development (EDF 6120), received certification on October 7, 2019.
In Foundations of Curriculum, a course that is part of the Master’s of Education program in Educational Leadership at USFSP, Dr. Ramlackhan engages students with the theoretical foundations of curriculum development and implementation and how to utilize this knowledge to address the academic needs of diverse populations of children. In Child Development, students explore an overview of educational, emotional, intellectual, and social factors that influence child growth and development. Throughout the course, Dr. Ramlackhan places an emphasis on diversity and culture, and encourages critical thinking about a variety of topics in public education.
Quality Matters certification involves a rigorous peer review focusing on the quality of course design and alignment of materials using a rubric of best practices in online and blended learning.
On September 9, 2019, Dr. Alison Watkins received Quality Matters Certification for her online course, Business Application Development, ISM 3232. Please join OLITS in congratulating Dr. Watkins on this significant achievement!
In Business Application Development, Dr. Watkins engages students in applying good programming practice and writing computer programs in C#. Her course is now listed on the QM database of certified courses and will also be recognized by the Florida Virtual Campus as a “High Quality” course.
Please join OLITS in congratulating Dr. Sharon Segrest! On August 22, 2019, her online course, Organizational Behavior (MAN 6244), received Quality Matters Certification.
Organizational Behavior is a core course for the Master of Business Administration program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business. Through conceptual and experiential learning, Dr. Segrest provides students a framework within which they can understand how managers and subordinates interact by focusing on the characteristics of individuals and groups within organizations
Dr. Segrest shares the following advice with faculty preparing courses for QM review:
I would highly recommend the quality matters process to everyone, as it has definitely helped to improve my course. Fortunately, working with Karla Morris, and Carol Fisher have made the process much more manageable, and I recommend that others take advantage of the wonderful services available through the OLITS when pursuing the Quality Matters certification.
In addition to the QM process, the USFSP Online Teaching Certification program developed by OLITS was excellent, and helped me to learn so much useful information that I have used to improve my online courses.