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

 

QM Involvement Supports Institution Accreditation Efforts

This is a guest post from one of our Master Reviewers.

Author: Deborah Allen, Anoka Technical College

If you are preparing for a Higher Learning Commission (“HLC”) visit having a Quality Matters’ Implementation Plan in place is a great idea! Our college (Anoka Technical College) recently had their HLC visit and we asked for 5% of our programs to be allowed to go online. Showing that the college takes online education seriously by having a QM Implementation Plan in place, QM trainings going on at our campus and having reviews started at our college impressed the HLC team and we were granted the right to have an unlimited amount of online programs offered at our college.

In the breakout session with the Anoka Technical College’s Online Committee the reviewer was asking what we were doing on our campus for online education and we were fully prepared for this visit. The reviewer even asked how to do something in her online course that she taught and the online committee was able to help the reviewer with her problem.

It really does not take a whole lot of time to complete the QM Implementation Plan, but it does take dedicated faculty and administration to make sure that you are able to follow through with what you put on the plan. Our college was quite conservative with numbers on the plan so that we are able to meet the commitment of the plan.

If you have an upcoming HLC visit, having a QM Implementation Plan in place is pronounced way to show the team that your college is serious about offering quality online courses.

 

Deborah Allen is an instructor at Anoka Technical College.  She is an experienced Certified QM Master Reviewer and has had two of her own courses go through the review process to become QM-certified courses.