National Distance Learning Week – A Time to Thank Our Peer Reviewers

During National Distance Learning Week (November 6 – 10, 2017), we want to recognize and thank the following peer reviewers and master reviewers from the Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State as well as the University of Minnesota. These individuals have given of their time and expertise over the past year by participating as peer reviewers or master reviewers on course review teams for courses submitted for review by their sister institutions within Minnesota as well as for institutions across the United States. Each of the individuals listed below is a Certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer or Master Reviewer and each has served on at least one official Quality Matters course review during the past year. Through their efforts, faculty colleagues at many institutions have been provided helpful feedback meant to improve online and blended courses for students.

The course peer review process involves a comprehensive review of an online or blended course by these trained and certified peer reviewers. In this process, courses are reviewed by a team of 3 certified reviewers trained by QM to apply the Quality Matters rubric and provide feedback to improve the course being reviewed. Courses that meet standards are listed in a national database of recognized courses. The course developer is provided access to an online “seal” from QM that indicates the year the course met standards.

During National Distance Learning week it seems fitting to recognize these individuals for their collaboration within the system and for their contributions to the collective improvement of learning experiences for our students.

Institution Certified Peer Reviewer Certified Master Reviewer
Anoka Technical College Deb Allen
Diana Gander-Ostrander
Bemidji State University Mary Fairbanks
Michael Urban
Mahmoud Al-Odeh
Central Lakes College Leanne Flynn
Century Community College Jessica Bell
Carolyn Cook
Kelly Donahue
Kris Peleg
Hennepin Technical College Lamia Jano
Karen LaPlant
Jenessa Gerling
Hibbing Community College Katherine Brau
Inver Hills Community College Barb Curchack
Katherine Nelson
Hamid Kazeroony
Carrie Naughton
Metropolitan State University Carol Lacey
Mireya Smith
LaRee Rowan
Renee Cedarberg
Minneapolis Community and Technical College Cheryl Neudauer
Elizabeth Pauly
Zala Fashant
Miki Huntington
Sheri Hutchinson
Jennifer Malarski
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Ann Schwalboski Teresa Beacom
Minnesota State – Southeast Technical College Rachel Daley
Minnesota State University, Mankato Kristi Montandon
Laura Schwarz
Queen Booker
Patricia Nelson
Emily Stark
Minnesota State University, Moorhead Barbara Matthees
Pamela McGee
Minnesota West Kayla Westra
Normandale Community College Xiaosheng Li
North Hennepin Community College Dana Botz
Northland Community and Technical College Cassie Hilts
Deloris Larson
Mary Amundson
Jennifer Dahlen
Elizabeth McMahon
Tina Moody
Dorinda Sorvig
Barbara Weber
Riverland Community College Sheryl Barton
Daniel Wirkus
Rochester Community and Technical College Tara Hammill
Mary Juenemann
Saint Cloud State University Jeanne Anderson
Giovanni Antunez
Victoria Williams
Omar Al-Azzam
Kristen Carlson
Mehdi Mekni
Rachel Wexelbaum
Roseann Wolak
Saint Cloud Technical and Community College Alvaro Plachejo Susan Schlicht
Susan Engel
Saint Paul College Darcy Turner
South Central College Jane Greathouse
Southwest Minnesota State University NancyRuth Leibold
University of Minnesota Lisa Sparby
Barry Stephens
Engin Sungur
Megan Bell
Winona State University Aurea Osgood
Jenny Prochnow
Gregory Richard
Tanya Ryan
Mary Bohman
Jane Caducci
Robin O’Callaghan
Rita Rahoi-Gilchrest

Spring 2016 QM Workshops Sponsored by MOQI

Here is a partial listing of the Quality Matters workshops available this spring for MnSCU faculty and staff.  These workshops are sponsored by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative. Please share this information with those who might be interested in attending. Check the MOQI calendar frequently as additional sessions will be added throughout the spring semester.

If your campus is interested in hosting a QM workshop, please complete this interest form.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop

Are you curious what Quality Matters is all about?  This workshop provides an overview of Quality Matters and describes strategies and techniques for assuring quality in the design and development of online courses. As described by QM, the Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review. The APPQMR is the pre-requisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

All full-time and part-time instructors are welcome to participate in either the online or face-to-face work-shops. Quality Matters most directly applies to online and blended courses, but is also applicable to web-enhanced and face-to-face courses.

Dates

Location

Cost

Register

January 26 – February 9 ONLINE
This is a 2-week facilitated online workshop with no class meetings.
Pre-requisites: None.
$40 Workshop Registration Form
(Registration closes January 19)
March 4 Anoka Technical College

This is a 7.5-hour face-to-face session.

Pre-requisites: None.

 

Cost: $40
(lunch on your own)
Workshop Registration Form
(Registration closes February 26)
March 22 – April 5 ONLINE
This is a 2-week facilitated online workshop with no class meetings.
Pre-requisites: None.
$40 Workshop Registration Form
(Registration closes March 15)
March 25 Rochester Community and Technical College

This is a 7.5-hour face-to-face session.

Pre-requisites: None.

 

Cost: $40
(additional fee for lunch)
Workshop Registration Form
(Registration closes March 18)

Improving Your Online Course Workshop

Are you looking for ideas for improving your online or blended course? Faculty who’ve completed this workshop tell us that they came away with many ideas for course improvement from this session.

The “Improve Your Online Course” workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own online or blended course and develop a course improvement plan. The content is based on the eight general standards of the Quality Matters Rubric.  Participants should have an online course ready to improve. This workshop is not for building a course from scratch.

Date/s

Location

Cost

Register

February 2 – February 16 ONLINE
This is a 2-week facilitated online workshop with no class meetings.Pre-requisites: You must have an online or blended course to work on during the workshop. 
$30 Workshop Registration Form
(Registration closes January 26)
April 19 – May 3 ONLINE
This is a 2-week facilitated online workshop with no class meetings.
Pre-requisites: You must have an online or blended course to work on during the workshop.
$30 Workshop Registration Form
(Registration closes April 12)
April 22 Rochester Community and Technical College

This is a 4-hour face-to-face session.
Pre-requisites: You must have an online or blended course to work on during the workshop.

 

Cost: $35 + additional fee for lunch

 

Workshop Registration Form
(Registration closes April 15)

Contact us with questions. (Elizabeth McMahon or Robin O’Callaghan)

Information about other workshop opportunities and information about Quality Matters in Minnesota can be found here: http://minnesota.qualitymatters.org