On November 15, 2017, the Instructional Design Team at OLITS presented as part of the Quality Matters Success Stories webinar series. They shared how an effective QM-based course template can help put you on the path to course certification.
The recording of “Whoa! With a Template You’re Halfway There” is now available for viewing. You may also access the PowerPoint of the presentation.
If you have any questions about incorporating the template into your course in Canvas, or about Quality Matters in general, contact your Instructional Designer at OLITS today!
The Quality Matters Success Stories webinar series is offered once per month – free to QM subscribers. It features institutions sharing strategies and resources for creating high quality online courses. Visit the QMSS website to view upcoming topics and register for free.
Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services (OLITS) is very pleased to announce that, on September 27, 2017, Dr. Todd Shank received Quality Matters re-certification for his online course, International Finance (FIN 2604). His course received its’ initial QM certification on February 28, 2012.
The initial QM certification resulting from a peer review is valid for five years. The re-certification review, which follows the most recent rubric and set of standards, is valid for an additional three years.
The Quality Matters initial and re-certification peer review process is rigorous and focuses on the quality of course design and alignment of materials. The reviewers apply 43 standards from a research-based rubric of best practices in online and blended learning.
Please join us in celebrating Dr. Shank’s continued work to deliver high-quality online learning to his students!
We look forward to working with other faculty who will take their courses through the initial and/or re-certification review process in the near future. Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.
Please join Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services in congratulating Dr. Daniel Marlin on receiving Quality Matters certification for his online course!
On September 28, 2017, Dr. Marlin’s Organizational Strategies For The 21st Century course, MAN 6782, received Quality Matters certification through the peer review process. The peer review is guided by a research based rubric for high quality online course design.
Dr. Marlin’s course is the thirteenth to be certified from USFSP’s Kate Teidemann College of Business. Dr. Marlin was supported by Carol Fisher, the Instructional Designer for the college’s Master of Business Administration program. His course is now listed on the QM database of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the nation. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition will now be displayed within his online course.
Considering QM review for your course? To help with preparation, OLITS offers a variety of professional development and resources. Contact your OLITS Instructional Designer for more information.
The Quality Matters Research Library is a curated selection of literature bearing a relationship to the standards of the QM rubric.
If you are looking for literature to support your research on quality in online and/or blended courses, are interested in information and resources to implement within your own courses, or want to view the literature that supports the Quality Matters rubric standards, this would be a helpful database for you.
The library is organized by the eight general standards on the QM rubric, but you can also search by keyword, such as instructional strategies or specific course elements.
For questions or assistance with navigating QM’s resources or other research relating to online and blended learning, contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services.
Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services is incredibly thrilled to announce that Dr. Jenifer Hartman, of the USFSP College of Education, has received Quality Matters certification for her online course, Principles and Practices of Educational Supervision (EDS 6050). Her course was awarded certification on August 23, 2017.
Dr. Hartman developed this course as part of the online Masters Degree in Educational Leadership program. When asked about her experience with course development and the Quality Matters peer review process she shares:
The supervision course I was asked to design in an online format was one in which the goals were primarily focused on students developing effective interpersonal feedback and facilitation skills. I was skeptical about how those goals could be accomplished in an online format. OLITS professional development, collaboration, and support were key to developing an effective online supervision course, and going through the QM review process enabled us to refine it so students are successful and course evaluations are very positive.
Dr. Hartman’s course is the fifth to be certified from USFSP’s College of Education. Her course is now listed on the QM database of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the globe. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition will now be displayed on the front page of her online course to signify to her students the commitment to a high-quality learning experience.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hartman!
We look forward to working with other faculty through course design, professional development, and Quality Matters review. Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information.
Quality Matters and Eduventures have teamed up to conduct a multi-year study to examine the changing landscape of online education. This report contains the findings of the inaugural CHLOE Survey on The Changing Landscape of Online Education. The report seeks to provide the results to those involved with online education and help place their institution within a broader context.
If interested, please complete this form to gain access to The 2017 CHLOE Report.
Please join Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services in congratulating Dr. William Lang on receiving Quality Matters certification for his online course!
On August 11, 2017, Dr. Lang’s Foundations in Educational Research course, EDF 6481, received Quality Matters certification through the peer review process.
When asked about his experience, Dr. Lang shares:
“I really enjoyed the Quality Matters process, and I’m glad that USFSP supports excellence in on-line courses. Designing and maintaining distance learning is becoming more complex every year, so applying the QM standards and peer review helped me refine and improve this course. I also appreciate the design team and library staff who are an invaluable part of our DL effort. This particular course is a challenge regardless of the format, and I’m certain that students will benefit from the team effort.”
Dr. Lang’s course is the fourth to be certified from USFSP’s College of Education. His course is now listed on the QM database of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the nation. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition will now be displayed on the front page of his online course.
The QM Certification process consists of a peer review guided by a research based rubric for high quality online course design. To help with preparation, OLITS offers a variety of professional development and resources. Contact your OLITS Instructional Designer for more information.