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.

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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.
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Workshop Dates:

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

Location:

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.

Dr. Reichgelt Receives Third QM Course Certification

Han ReichgeltIt is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Han Reichgelt, of USF St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemman College of Business, has received Quality Matters Certification for another of his online courses.  Please join OLITS in congratulating him on this achievement!

His graduate course, Data Visualization (ISM 6930), received QM Certification on November 2, 2018. In this course, Dr. Reichgelt guides students in the MBA program through the application of business intelligence and data analysis techniques to improve the quality of leadership decisions.

This is the 18th course to be certified within the Kate Tiedemman College of Business, and the sixth to be certified within the MBA Program. 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.

This marks a continuation of the recognition of Dr. Reichgelt’s commitment to high quality learning experiences for his students as he has previously received certification for two of his other 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.

When asked about his advice for those preparing to go through the review process, he stated:

Thanks to the work OLITS and Karla Morris in particular, and thanks to the thorough work of the QM reviewers, the course has improved considerably and I would encourage every faculty member who teaches online to try to obtain QM certification for their courses.

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

Dr. Varol Kayhan Receives Second QM Course Certification

Varol KayhanPlease join us in congratulating Dr. Varol Kayhan for receiving Quality Matters Certification for another of his online courses!

His course, Database Design & Administration (ISM 4212), was awarded certification on October 29, 2018. In this course, Dr. Kayhan engages students with the concepts and principles of database management necessary for potential designers, users, and managers of database systems.

Dr. Kayhan has been involved with the Quality Matters review process at USFSP from the early stages. He received QM Certification for Information Systems in Organizations (ISM 3011) in 2012. He then took this course through the QM Re-Certification process in 2017.

When asked about his experiences and advice for those going through the process, he stated:

It is a pleasure to work with the OLITS team and specifically Karla. One suggestion I’d make to faculty who will go through a QM course certification is to follow the suggestions made by your instructional designer during your internal review. It will save you a lot of time and effort during the actual review.

We thank Dr. Kayhan for his continuing commitment to providing high-quality, online learning experiences to his students! 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.

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

Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Mark Pezzo

Mark PezzoOn October 16, 2018, Dr. Mark Pezzo received Quality Matters Certification for his online course, Psychological Statistics, PSY 3204.

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

His course is the ninth to be certified within the Psychology department in the USFSP College of Arts & Sciences; advancing their commitment to high-quality, online learning experiences for their students.

When asked about his thoughts on the QM Review Process, he shared:

The OLITS team, and Karla Morris in particular, were extremely helpful.  She is very patient, very pragmatic, and can help you navigate the many requests made by the reviewers.  It is not an exaggeration that I could (and would) not have done this without her immense help.

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

To share his commitment to quality with his students, the QM Seal of Recognition and certification information is displayed within his online course.

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

Dr. Hemant Merchant Receives Second QM Course Certification

Hemant MerchantOLITS is very pleased to announce that Dr. Hemant Merchant, of the USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business, has received Quality Matters certification for another course, International Business (GEB 3373). This course was awarded certification on September 12, 2018.

This is the second course for which Dr. Merchant has received QM Certification. His graduate course that is part of the MBA program, Global Business Environments (GEB 6368), was awarded certification on June 6, 2018.

In this course his students are introduced to key dimensions of international business activity by adopting the perspective of a general manager who is responsible for creating and sustaining an economically viable company.

Dr. Merchant worked collaboratively with Carol Fisher, the Instructional Designer for the college’s MBA program, in preparation for the QM Review process. Dr. Merchant’s courses are now listed on the QM database of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the globe.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Merchant!

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.