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September 18, 2015

QM Volunteers Needed

by SCCC OIT

Volunteers Needed for Applying the Quality Matters Rubric in Online Courses

This certification workshop is for faculty who teach online (fully online or blended/hybrid), but faculty who web enable their courses are more than welcome to attend.  This workshop certifies faculty in Applying the Quality Matters Rubric 5th edition.  Implementing the QM Rubric has been empirically proven to improve student retention rates and faculty and student satisfaction rates within eLearning environments.  We look forward to seeing you there!

What are institutions of higher education doing to meet accrediting bodies’ distance education program standards? How are institutions showing that they are meeting standards in a way that is measurable? One very common solution is the use of rubrics. Rubrics? You ask? Yes, rubrics. The reason is that a rubric outlines the standards to be met and when executed shows continuous improvement in measurable ways. What exactly does the rubric measure? It measures the design of the course that is being taught. It ensures that there is a common standard towards course design that all courses will eventually meet. Who measures the course design? The faculty do, the review process is a peer-to-peer process.

There are new Middle States Commission of Higher Education Distance Education Program Standards. To best meet those standards and show continuous and measurable improvement, the Office of Instructional Technology concluded that the Quality Matters Rubric would be our best choice. This decision is based upon the community and D.E. program’s needs. Quality Matters offers a unique solution, a rubric which has been identified as one that is proven to be effective in course design review. Some benefits of implementing the rubric include improved retention rates, course completion rates and improved faculty satisfaction with teaching online.

This is an exciting time at Suffolk. Our first phase of Quality Matters included training of staff and DEC members. Our second phase is to offer workshops to faculty towards Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) to their distance education courses.   All faculty who attend the APPQMR workshop will receive a certificate and are eligible for taking a QM Peer reviewer course. All courses that are formerly reviewed are eligible to receive a QM course mark, and will be acknowledged on their website. Our first workshop is being offered October 29, and Nov. 5, 2015 (two three hour sessions, 3:45pm to 6:45pm) and on November 14, 2015 (10-4pm). For more information about the workshops go to Eventbrite.com and sign-up.

Thursday workshops
http://appqmr-thursdays.eventbrite.com

Saturday workshops
http://appqmr-saturday.eventbrite.com

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