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. Philip Trocchia

Phil TrocchiaPlease join OLITS in congratulating Dr. Philip Trocchia of USF St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business! On August 16, 2019, his online course, Retail Management (MAR 6936), received Quality Matters Certification.

Retail Management is offered as part of the Master of Business Administration program at USF St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business. In this course, Dr. Trocchia engages students around the massive transformation in retailing. Students examine the impact of online purchasing and information search, social media, data analytics, and the sharing economy on brick and mortar, non-store, and omnichannel retailers.

His 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.

If you are interested in preparing your course for Quality Matters review, contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information.

Dr. V. Mark Durand Receives Third Quality Matters Course Recognition

Durand.jpg mugOn April 22, 2019, Dr. V. Mark Durand received Quality Matters Certification for his third online course, Motivation: The Science of Happiness, EXP 4304. Please join us in congratulating him!

In this course, Dr. Durand guides students through important and fascinating new research on the brain as well as investigations of larger questions about positive thinking, character strengths, wellness and interpersonal relationships. He challenges students to personally apply some of the techniques covered in class with the goal of making their lives happier and more fulfilling.

His other QM Certified courses include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, DEP 4220 (certified on September 7, 2016) and Abnormal Psychology, CLP 4143 (certified on April 27, 2016).

Dr. Durand shares the following thoughts about his experiences with the QM review process:

Going through a Quality Matters review requires you to think through many aspects regarding how your course is delivered and how students learn. From accessibility for students with disabilities to communication with students, it covers a multitude of aspects that improve the online experience for students.

The incredibly hard work and skills of Karla Morris and Caylen Holmes made it much easier to go through this complicated process. They were outstanding and always positive about their work. I am extremely grateful to them and the success of this course with Quality Matters shows that they were invaluable to this outcome.

His 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.

If you are interested in preparing your course for Quality Matters review, contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information.

Quality Matters Recognizes Professor Fred Bennett

Fred BennettPlease join OLITS in congratulating Professor Fred Bennett of USF St. Petersburg’s Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership! On April 10, 2019, his online course, Leadership Fundamentals (LDR 2010), received Quality Matters Certification.

Leadership Fundamentals is the introductory course for the Leadership Studies ProgramIn this course, Professor Bennett engages students with a broad range of leadership topics including self development, diversity, communications, conflict resolution, group roles, teamwork, decision-making, ethics, organizational design and change, and community building and renewal. 

Professor Bennett shares the following advice with faculty preparing courses for QM review:

Follow the advice of those who are guiding you through the process, particularly our USF team.  Keep an open mind about your course, and remember it is about the students.

It is a great thing to take ownership of your course and have pride in what you have built.  However, that can come with some resistance to constructive commentary designed to improve the course.  There were things I thought were wonderful about my course.  However, looking at it through the eyes of another helped me to see the improvements I needed to make.  Being open to change was helpful right up to the end.

I had a wonderful QM review team and the recommended changes they gave me to make it over the final hurdle really put the finishing polish on the course.

His 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.

If you are interested in preparing your course for Quality Matters review, contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information.

Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Martin Seggelke

headshot of martin seggelkeOn February 27, 2019, Dr. Martin Seggelke received Quality Matters Certification for his online course, Music and Culture: A Historical Overview of Western Classical Music, MUL 2010. Please join us in congratulating him!

Through this course, Dr. Seggelke helps prepare students to appreciate and critically evaluate music of various styles, genres and time periods. Students engage with readings, critical listening, studies, research, discussions, lectures, assignments, awareness, and writing essays/critiques to learn about many different facets of music.

His 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.

If you are interested in preparing your course for Quality Matters review, contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information.

Dr. Barbara Jolley Receives Quality Matters Re-Certification

Jolleyphoto 2Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services (OLITS) is happy to announce that, on February 28, 2019, Dr. Barbara Jolley received Quality Matters re-certification for her online course, Twentieth Century Literature (LIT 3155). Her course received its initial QM certification on January 2, 2014.

This is the first course to be re-certified in USFSP’s College of Arts and Sciences. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jolley!

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.

Dr. Jolley shares the following advice with colleagues:

“QM certified courses need to re-certified every five years.  Please, follow the advice of and work closely with instructional media designers.  Karla, Otis, Stephanie and other Instructional designers on the team are our treasures: they will help you and guide you through the process :). Here, I would like to thank Karla specifically: this was our team work; her work on the submitted course has been invaluable 🙂  Thank you, Karla, from the depth of my heart :); Since the standard change every few years, it is also good not only to be familiar with the set of standard as you design your courses but also to take course on updated versions, which are offered before the most recent version is published.”

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.

Dr. Gary Tucker Recognized by QM for Fourth Course

Gary Tucker

Please join OLITS in congratulating Dr. Gary Tucker for receiving Quality Matters Certification for his fourth online course!

Principles of Educational Administration (EDA 6061) received QM Certification on February 26, 2019. This is the first course in the sequence for the Master’s Degree program in Educational Leadership at USFSP’s College of Education. In this course, Educational Leadership Candidates are introduced to the field and engage with foundation content and frameworks.

His previously certified courses as also part of the Master’s Degree program in Educational Leadership and include:

  • School Finance, EDA 6242, Certified June 8, 2018
  • Applied Program Evaluation, EDF 6492, Certified June 18, 2018
  • Administrative Practicum, EDA 6945, Certified August 10, 2018

Dr. Tucker shared the following advice for colleagues considering QM review:

My advice to faculty putting courses up for QM is to trust the process.  As an educator completing my 49th year, it is the best approach for course improvement with which I have been involved.  Having an external committee to act as “new eyes” as they evaluated my courses made me a better and more thoughtful instructor.  It was a learning experience which made me dig deep to understand the “why” for my course content and methodology.  Each of the my four courses which have been QM approved are now better and stronger as the result of this process.

Each of his courses are now listed on the QM database of certified courses and will also be recognized in the Florida Virtual Campus public course catalog as “High Quality” rated.

Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about the review process and preparation support.

Dr. Rick Smith recognized by Quality Matters for two courses

Rick SmithOLITS is thrilled to announce that Dr. Rick Smith, of USF St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemman College of Business, has just received Quality Matters certification for two of his online courses. His course, Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 2023), received certification on January 29, 2019 and his course, Economics of Health (ECP 3530), received certification on January 31, 2019.

Putting two courses through the Quality Matters Certification process at once takes a significant amount of time and effort. Please join us in thanking Dr. Smith for his commitment and congratulating him on this achievement!

Dr. Smith shares the following advice for fellow faculty:

“I highly recommend the Quality Matters (QM) rubric as a way of gearing your online course for student success. Moreover, the OLITS staff at USFSP is a great resource at every phase of development, from delivering instruction on QM concepts–which I strongly recommend even before you pursue certifying your course–to providing the technical assistance needed to meet QM standards.”

Both of his courses are now listed on the QM database of certified courses and will also be recognized in the Florida Virtual Campus public course catalog as “High Quality” rated.

Contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services for more information about the review process and preparation support.