Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Steve Diasio

Steve-professionalOnline Learning and Instructional Technology Services at Nelson Poynter Library is very pleased to announce that on February 9, 2016, Quality Matters recognized Dr. Steve Diasio for meeting the highest quality standards in online course design for his course, Principles of Management (MAN 3025).  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Diasio on this significant achievement!

Dr. Diasio’s course is now on the list of Quality Matters Recognized Courses from colleges and universities across the nation. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition will now be proudly displayed in his online course to notify students of his commitment to a high quality online teaching and learning experience.

This course makes number twelve to receive QM Certification for USF St. Petersburg and is the seventh course certified from the Kate Tiedemann College of Business. The QM peer review process is designed and implemented by faculty who teach online courses throughout the United States. It is design to certify quality and alignment with best practices in online learning.

Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.

Quality Matters Recognizes Carol Vance

bio picture Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services at the Nelson Poynter Library is thrilled to announce that on January 9, 2016, Carol Vance, CPA, Esq  received Quality Matters recognition for her Concepts of Federal Income Taxation course, TAX 4001. Through the faculty-based peer review process, her course has been found to meet the highest national standards for online course quality and design.

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

Professor Vance’s course is now on the list of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the nation, bringing positive exposure to USFSP’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business and to the campus. Additionally, the QM seal of recognition will now be proudly displayed in her online course.

Please join us in congratulating her on this significant achievement!

Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.

Improving Your Online Course – QM Style

IMG_0749Faculty from the Kate Tiedemann College of Business got busy with their online courses last week during the QM training, Improving Your Online Course. The training is designed for faculty currently teaching online and provides a hands-on opportunity to create a course improvement plan using the QM rubric.

Congratulations to all the CoB faculty in receiving their IYOC certification!

Don’t hesitate to contact us here at OLITS to learn more about QM and all of our professional development workshops.

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Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology Companies

The relationship between education and technology has always been an interesting one. Technology companies have long made the claim that their products and innovations offer the answers to many, if not all, of the problems within the educational community. Of course, leaders in education quickly adopted such technologies only to have high hopes fade away as things fail to work the way they expect.

The prospect of making money is certainly a driving factor for educational technology companies. Perhaps equally motivating for the educational community is the opportunity to solve issues with one purchase. So why, then, does this relationship seem to fall short of success so often?

Those of us in the online educational realm are often caught in the middle of needing to use the adopted technology and trying to maximize its positive educational impact. Instructional designers, educators, and students could all benefit from a more collaborative approach between the technology companies and the educational community.

Dan Schwartz, the new Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, offers valuable insight into this topic. His experience advising educational powerhouses like Leapfrog and Pearson have given him a unique perspective. He recently did a Q & A session with Rachel Hamburg of edSurge, in which he described this relationship as struggling because  “there’s not enough expertise on learning; there’s more expertise on business.”

Will educational technology companies work with learning experts to finally start having a more symbiotic relationship with the educational community?  Or are we destined to continue watching this clumsy dance that seems to be missing several key steps?

The link below will take you to the edSurge article.

edSurge interview of Dan Schwartz

E-Learning Tides are changing

Below are two articles that outline changes to the e-learning landscape that signal a larger shift that is sure to be felt in the future.

The first article is a bit dense but worth a read.  The author points to how open source ownership is lowering the value of content (YouTube creators, faculty, etc.)  and valuing the brand and ownership of the platform.
http://www.radicalphilosophy.com/commentary/corporate-open-source

Here is another article that talks about shifting from the separation of online and face-to-face in higher ed to a more unified digital approach.  A quote from the article:

“I see the shift not as one from online to digital,” said Eddie Maloney, the executive director of the center for new designs in learning and scholarship at Georgetown University, “but as a shift from a content-driven or faculty-driven curriculum to an intentional design and assessed curriculum. It’s really about a growing focus on learning design.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2015/07/30/its-time-shift-discussion-online-learning-digital-strategy-essay

Are these two articles pointing to a larger shift in the higher ed landscape?

Congratulations Karla Kmetz-Morris

I wanted to share some exciting news about Karla Kmetz-Morris, lead instructional designer here at USFSP. She received a call last week asking her to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, which also serves as the State Advisory Committee for the Assistive Technology Act.

In this role she will collaborate with other board members and key stakeholders across the state and nationally on issues surrounding funding, awareness, training, programs, device loans, and advocacy for assistive technology and services.

This is amazing news for USFSP and I know Karla is happy to represent USFSP with this important work. As you can see, we have a really impressive team in OLITS! We are very honored and proud of Karla for how she represents USFSP, the Nelson Poynter Library and OLITS!

Karla was also elected as Chair of the Webinar Committee for the Quality Matters Instructional Designers Association. She is working closely with a few other instructional designers in the QM network to develop and facilitate a webinar series that provides professional development opportunities to instructional designers in the areas of design research, strategies, QM implementation, etc.

Congratulations Karla!

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Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Tiffany Chenneville

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Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services at the Nelson Poynter Library is thrilled to announce that Dr. Tiffany Chenneville has received Quality Matters recognition for her Developmental Psychology course, DEP 4053. Through the faculty-based peer review process, her course has been found to meet the highest national standards for online course quality and design.

Dr. Chenneville’s course is now on the list of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the nation, bringing positive exposure to USFSP’s College of Arts and Sciences and to the campus. Additionally, the QM seal of recognition will now be proudly displayed in her online course.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Chenneville on this significant achievement!

Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.