Dr. Nina Schmidt Receives Second QM Course Certification

Nina Schmidt

On December 4, 2018, Dr. Nina Schmidt’s online course, Principles of Finance (FIN 3403), was awarded Quality Matters Certification. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Schmidt for receiving certification for another one of her online courses!

Dr. Schmidt received QM Certification for Real Estate Decision Making (REE 3043) in 2014. When asked about her experiences taking a second course through the QM Certification process, she shared:

Since my last QM review, I believe that the peer review process has improved even further.  Now, even when a standard is met, the reviewers still make comments on how to further improve the course.  I am very impressed with the quality and quantity of the helpful suggestions that were made to me. Knowing that my course has met the QM standards gives me even more confidence that the course offers my students a high-quality learning experience.

We thank Dr. Schmidt for her continued commitment to providing high-quality, online learning experiences to her students! Her course is now listed on the QM database of certified courses and will also be recognized in the Florida Virtual Campus public course catalog as a “High Quality” course.

Contact your OLITS Instructional Designer today to learn more about how we can support you in the course design, development, and quality review process.

5 Tips to Enhance Active Listening in Online Learning

Listening skills in the digital learning environment are essential to student engagement with and mastery of course content. In their latest blog post, NovoEd shares 5 ways to enhance learner listening in your online courses:

  1. Establish your visibility
  2. Provide feedback
  3. Make space for communal discussion
  4. Establish clear learning objectives
  5. Link subject matter to prior knowledge

For more information about the role these strategies play and how to implement them, visit the full article: 5 Tips to Enhance Active Listening in Online Learning by NovoEd

NSF-sponsored Workshop on Digitally-Mediated Team Learning

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is sponsoring 50 Travel Stipends to a synthesis and design workshop for researchers, educators, and practitioners who are advancing technology-enhanced team learning within STEM disciplines:

  • During the two-and-a-half-day workshop, participants will be afforded opportunities to participate in a Poster Session, Keynotes, Panel Session, Breakout Technical Sessions, and Action Committees.
  • The outcome of this workshop on Digitally-Mediated Team Learning (DMTL) will be a White Paper presented at the 2019 NSF Summit on the Design of Future Digital STEM Learning Environments.

Workshop Dates:

Sunday, March 31, 2019  –  Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Orlando, FL at the main campus of the University of Central Florida

For more information, please visit the Digital Learning Teams website.

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Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Rebecca Johns

Rebecca JohnsOn November 28, 2018, Dr. Rebecca Johns received Quality Matters Certification for her online course, World Regional Geography, GEA 2000.

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

In the course, Dr. Johns guides students through examining the diversity that reflects unique physical and cultural places of the world regions.

Her course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses from colleges and universities across the nation. Her course will also be listed in the Florida Virtual Campus public course catalog as a “High Quality” course.

To share her commitment to quality with her students, the QM Seal of Recognition and certification information is displayed on the home page of her online course.

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