About karlamorris

Karla is an Instructional Designer at Instructional Media Services and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Education at USFSP. With over 9 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.

Quality Matters recognizes Dr. William Lang

Steve LangPlease 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.

Dr. Varol Kayhan Receives Course Quality Re-certification

Varol KayhanOnline Learning and Instructional Technology Services (OLITS) is very pleased to announce that, on August 4, 2017, Dr. Varol Kayhan received Quality Matters re-certification for his online course, Information Systems in Organizations (ISM 3011). His course received its’ initial QM certification on November 17, 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.

As Dr. Kayhan was the first faculty member to go through the re-certification process at USF St. Petersburg, we were very interested to learn any advice he had for other faculty that will be entering re-certification over the next few years.  He states:

The re-certification process was a breeze. Our Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services took care of everything from setting up the course to arranging the review. I just had to submit the review form, which was pretty similar to the original certification form. The review was completed three weeks later. If your course still meets the original QM expectations, it will likely meet the re-certification expectations too!

We applaud Dr. Kayhan in his continued efforts to deliver high-quality online learning to his students. Please join us in congratulating him on this significant achievement!

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.

Quality Matters Recognizes Patricia Gaukel

Patricia Gaukel It is with great pleasure that we announce that Patricia Gaukel, of USF St Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business, has received Quality Matters certification for her online course, Cost Accounting and Control II (ACG 4351). The peer review was conducted throughout the month of June and her course was awarded certification on June 30, 2017.

The Quality Matters 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.

Professor Gaukel’s course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses from universities across the nation. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition and information regarding the course quality certification will now be displayed on the home page of her course.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Gaukel on this significant achievement!

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

Faculty Research Spotlight: Learning Satisfaction with Bahaa Gameel, Ph.D.

In this week’s OLITS Monday Minute you were introduced to new research conducted by USFSP’s own Dr. Bahaa Gameel on learner satisfaction within Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). In an interview with OLITS, Dr. Gameel shares more information about his research and its implications for online learning.

 

Read his full article in the American Journal of Distance Education using the link below.

Bahaa G. Gameel (2017): Learner Satisfaction with Massive Open Online Courses, American Journal of Distance Education

For any questions about his research, contact Dr. Gameel using his USFSP Email Address.

Quality Matters recognizes Dr. AnnMarie Gunn

AnnMarie GunnOnline Learning and Instructional Technology Services at the Nelson Poynter Library is excited to announce that on March 10, 2017, Dr. AnnMarie Gunn received Quality Matters recognition for her Children’s Literature course, LAE 4414.

Please join us in congratulating her on this significant achievement!

Dr. Gunn’s 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 her online course.

The QM Certification process consists of a peer review guided by a research based rubric for high quality online 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 & Engagement, and Assessment & Measurement.

When asked about her experience, Dr. Gunn stated:

I enjoyed the process of designing an interactive online course. The USFSP DL team provided the support needed to make this a seamless process and the USFSP and QM teams provided valuable feedback that will strengthen and enhance the quality of this course.

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

Dr. Han Reichgelt recognized by Quality Matters for two courses

Han Reichgelt

Dr. Han Reichgelt

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Han Reichgelt, of USF St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemman College of Business, has just received Quality Matters certification for two of his online courses. His undergraduate course, Business Process Analysis (ISM 4930), received certification on March 6, 2017 and his graduate course, ERP Systems Analysis (ISM 6930), received certification on March 9, 2017.

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.

His course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses from colleges and universities across the nation. The QM Seal of Recognition and information regarding the course quality certification will now be displayed on the home page of both courses.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Reichgelt on this achievement!

If you are interested in preparing your course for Quality Matters review, consider registering for the Improving Your Online Course Quality Matters Workshop beginning on March 20, 2017. This two week, online course will cover essential rubric standards and help you apply them to your course.  Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about Quality Matters.

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