OLITS is pleased to announce that Dr. Karen Ramlackhan, of USF St. Petersburg’s College of Education, has just received Quality Matters certification for two of her online courses. Her online graduate courses, Foundations of Curriculum (EDG 6627), received certification on September 27, 2019 and Child Development (EDF 6120), received certification on October 7, 2019.
In Foundations of Curriculum, a course that is part of the Master’s of Education program in Educational Leadership at USFSP, Dr. Ramlackhan engages students with the theoretical foundations of curriculum development and implementation and how to utilize this knowledge to address the academic needs of diverse populations of children. In Child Development, students explore an overview of educational, emotional, intellectual, and social factors that influence child growth and development. Throughout the course, Dr. Ramlackhan places an emphasis on diversity and culture, and encourages critical thinking about a variety of topics in public education.
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.
On September 9, 2019, Dr. Alison Watkins received Quality Matters Certification for her online course, Business Application Development, ISM 3232. Please join OLITS in congratulating Dr. Watkins on this significant achievement!
In Business Application Development, Dr. Watkins engages students in applying good programming practice and writing computer programs in C#. Her 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.
Please join OLITS in congratulating Dr. Sharon Segrest! On August 22, 2019, her online course, Organizational Behavior (MAN 6244), received Quality Matters Certification.
Organizational Behavior is a core course for the Master of Business Administration program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business. Through conceptual and experiential learning, Dr. Segrest provides students a framework within which they can understand how managers and subordinates interact by focusing on the characteristics of individuals and groups within organizations
Dr. Segrest shares the following advice with faculty preparing courses for QM review:
I would highly recommend the quality matters process to everyone, as it has definitely helped to improve my course. Fortunately, working with Karla Morris, and Carol Fisher have made the process much more manageable, and I recommend that others take advantage of the wonderful services available through the OLITS when pursuing the Quality Matters certification.
In addition to the QM process, the USFSP Online Teaching Certification program developed by OLITS was excellent, and helped me to learn so much useful information that I have used to improve my online courses.
On August 21, 2019, Professor Patricia Gaukel received Quality Matters Certification for her online course, Managerial Accounting, ACG 2071. Another of her online courses, Cost Accounting and Control II, ACG 4351, received QM Certification in June of 2017.
Congratulations to Professor Gaukel on her continued commitment to high quality online learning experiences for her students!
When asked about her experience with taking two courses through the QM Review process, she shared:
The second time through was definitely easier, as I incorporated the changes from the first review into all my courses. I think they liked the variety of technology used in the course – chapter videos, explanatory videos, Accounting Lab, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Canvas practice quizzes and discussion posts. Working with OLITS is the key to getting a course QM certified.
In Managerial Accounting, Professor Gaukel engages students through a variety of learning activities to prepare for the accountant’s role in assisting management in the planning and controlling of business activities. This 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.
On 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.