Six Courses Awarded QM Certification in December 2017

The following courses received QM Certification during December 2017.

Please congratulate these faculty course developers for their commitment to creating courses that demonstrate quality course design principles.

Quality Matters LogoThese courses have been formally reviewed and meet Quality Matters Standards for course design.  QM certified courses are listed in QM’s national database of certified courses and each faculty member has been given a QM seal to display with the online or blended course.

Ridgewater College  

  • MMDT1008 Intro to Computer Graphics     Faculty/ Course Developer: Amy Maher

South Central College

  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology     Faculty/ Course Developer: Jane Greathouse


Winona State University     

  • HAdm 317 Management of Human Resource in Healthcare     Faculty/ Course Developer: Mussie Tessema
  • MUS 120 Introduction to Music Theory     Faculty/ Course Developer: Eric Brisson
  • SOC 212 Sociology of Families     Faculty/ Course Developer: Aurea Osgood
  • LDRS 443 Leadership and Team Development     Faculty/ Course Developer: Teresa Waterbury


View the list of all courses that have met QM Standards within the Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State & University of Minnesota.

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek will be the Keynote for STAR Symposium 2018

We are excited to announce this year’s STAR Symposium Keynote Speaker, Dr. Todd Zakrajsek.  The all-day virtual STAR Symposium will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Teaching for Brain-based Learning

Description: The human brain is massively complex and very difficult to understand at times.  We lose keys, forget where we park our car at the mall, and can’t recall the last item on a short shopping list.  At the same time, we can master complex musical numbers, play complicated team sports, and learn to identify tiny nuances in x-rays.  Why is it that some learning is difficult and other learning seems effortless?  Turning to research in neuroscience and cognitive psychology, in this session we will consider some of the most recent findings in the area of brain-based learning with respect to how best to teach for effective and efficient student learning.

Keynote Background: Dr. Todd Zakrajsek is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship in the UNC School of Medicine. His current academic work and publications pertain to faculty development, effective instructional strategies, and student learning. Dr. Zakrajsek has served on many educational boards and work groups across the US and abroad. He has been a visiting professor and delivered keynote addresses at approximately 300 campuses and teaching conferences in 46 states, 11 countries, and 4 continents.

STAR Symposium Registration Information

The STAR Symposium  2018 will be held on February 9, 2018. Join us for a full day of concurrent sessions focused on teaching and learning. The cost for this all-day conference is $50 (and, you have NO travel costs!).  Register here.

This is a virtual conference but that doesn’t mean it’s only for online faculty. This conference includes sessions for those teaching face-to-face, online or some combination of the two! There are sessions related to improving student learning, faculty support, course design and delivery, assessment practices, technology integration and student engagement strategies. A full agenda of sessions is coming soon.