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 Karla Morris

Karla_HeadshotThe OLITS department is thrilled to announce that Ms. Karla Morris received Quality Matters Certification for her online course, EEX 4764, Assistive and Instructional Technology on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

EEX 4764, Assistive and Instructional Technology is now on the list of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the nation. Ms. Morris has been teaching EEX 4764 since fall of 2012, online and face-to-face. When asked about her experience with the QM review, Ms. Morris stated:

I am so glad to have finally put this course through the QM peer review process. This course was designed with the rubric in mind and is continuously improved based upon advancements in the field and student input, but it helps to ensure that I am putting forth a high-quality learning experience for our students. I am incredibly grateful for the professional feedback from the other Instructional Designers at OLITS through the internal review process and the QM Reviewers through the external process.

The QM seal of recognition will now be proudly displayed in Ms. Morris’s online course. Additionally, this course will be listed on QM’s site, bringing positive exposure to USFSP’s College of Education and to the campus.

QM’s review process is designed and implemented by faculty who teach online courses throughout the U.S. to ensures quality and alignment with accreditation standards and best practices in online learning. USFSP first joined QM in 2010 as a way to assist faculty with the development of high-quality online courses.

Please contact the Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services department for more information about QM and to learn how this program can assist you with your online course development and refinement.

Improve Instruction During Your Commute

Podcasting is no longer a secret as great podcasts like Serial and the Finding Richard Simmons Podcasts have proven. These podcasts have shed a light on an often overlooked medium. The beauty of a podcast is you can learn or be entertained, perhaps both, as you commute to and from work. While you certainly can be entertained in a variety of ways, the podcast can really be a targeted and focused form of engagement.

The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast is one such treasure, especially for educators. In the most recent episode they discuss “Five Ways College Teachers Can Improve Their Instruction”. If you are an avid podcast listener or a novice who has yet to listen to their first podcast, you should check out the episode linked below.

Learn on your commute? Yes Please.

Cult of Pedagogy – Episode 65: Five Ways College Teachers Can Improve Their Instruction



Scan Old Photos with Google PhotoScan

Ever have that great old photo of you and your sibling that you just have to share because its just so cute or embarrassing? Like this one here of me and my sister, so adorable! But look at that glare! This was the best I could do after multiple attempts of taking a picture of it with my phone.13528950_10107826423117183_8383350479463761962_n.jpgIf you’re like me, you don’t probably don’t own a scanner and insist on doing everything possible with your phone. Well I have some great news, my good buddy Ricky (you may recognize him from other posts on this blog) introduced me to Google’s PhotoScan. This magical product lets you take pictures of pictures, and they actually look like the original, no glare, no weird angles. Google PhotoScan is available for both Apple and Andriod. The app gives you a high quality digital image you can keep and share forever!

Ok, so I wanted to have an after photo to share, but this picture resides at my parents house in a frame and I wanted to share this product before I venture back there, but trust me it is magic!

Google Photoscan Website and App Download


Conference Mania


We all get swept up in the excitement of attending and possibly presenting at conferences. I recently applied to present at a conference in beautiful Keystone, Colorado

laptop and red mug on wood table with snow mountain in Pakistan

Pre-conference Coffee in the mountains

and, unfortunately, just found out my abstract was not chosen.

My disappointment was quickly replaced by the possibility of another conference and location for which I could write another proposal abstract.

I found a blog post from a very successful abstract writer, Catherine Baker,  who gives her 5 steps for successfully pitching your research for almost any conference you choose. The 5 steps and explanations are linked below. Hopefully her advice can help us all write better abstracts and get accepted to present at the conferences we really want to attend.

Catherine Baker’s 5 steps to writing a successful conference abstract.