Professional Development at Your Own Pace: Quality Matters Online Workshops

Are you teaching a blended or online course? Faculty Development is sponsoring seats in online course design workshops from Quality Matter (QM).

Date & Time:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
8:00 AM - 9:03 AM
Workshop dates vary. Please contact Faculty Development if you are interested in taking a QM workshop.

Location:

Online

Please email Faculty Development if you have questions about which workshop to take and to register for a workshop.

Faculty Development covers the registration fees for QM workshops for full-time and Adjunct faculty. Due to the popularity of the QM workshops Faculty Development covers the registration fee for one QM workshop per faculty member (please contact Faculty Development if you have questions about this).

QM workshops last two weeks and have specific opening and closing dates. For most of the QM workshops, you can expect to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week to successfully complete a workshop. 

The calendar of Quality Matters workshops is below along with the workshop description. Please email Faculty Development if you have questions about which workshop to take and to register for a workshop. Quality Matters limits workshops to 20 participants and some workshops fill quickly. 


Designing Your Blended Course (DYBC)
Available Workshop Dates: contact us for dates.

The “Designing Your Blended Course” workshop explores the eight General Standards in the QM Rubric and provides a framework to build a blended course. While QM recognizes that each institution will define "blended" in its own way, this framework will work with any combination of face-to-face and online elements. Participants use the QM Rubric to review key blended elements and develop a course development plan. Note: Participants in this workshop need to have a blended course to work on throughout the session.


Designing Your Online Course (DYOC)
Available Workshop Dates: contact us for dates.

The “Designing Your Online Course” workshop includes an overview of the QM Rubric and provides a framework for participants to design an online course plan. An integral element of the workshop is exploration of the eight General Standards of the QM Rubric, focusing on learning objectives and overall course alignment.  Participants will complete a Module Planning Worksheet to design one module of an online course. The worksheet includes course and module learning objectives, assessments that align with the learning objectives, instructional materials that support the learning objectives and activities, and tools and media that enhance student interaction with classmates, content, and the instructor. Note: Participants in this workshop need to have an online course to work on throughout the session.


Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)
Available Workshop Dates: contact us for dates.

The “Improving 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 courses and develop a course improvement plan.

The content is based on the 21 essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric.  Participants come away with a plan for course improvement, so enrolling in the workshop with an online or blended course with a pre-developed course is required. (Enroll in the DYOC if you need to build an online course.)

  • Recognize QM’s foundational concepts.
  • Use their own online or blended course to which they will apply the essential Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric.
  • Describe the alignment of at least one module/unit in their online course.
  • Prioritize improvements to their online course.

Teaching Online – An Introduction to Online Delivery (TOL)
Available Workshop Dates: contact us for dates.

This workshop explores basic components of online course delivery.  Participants will be introduced to differences between traditional face-to-face learning and online learning, the instructor’s role in the online classroom, the importance of getting (and keeping) students engaged, and methods of facilitating online discussions using the discussion board.

The workshop may be taken by anyone who is interested in the topic of online teaching.  Instructors, potential instructors, administrators, instructional designers and peer reviewers may all find the workshop of interest.  Participants should expect to spend at least 8-10 hours per week completing the required activities.


Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)
Available Workshop Dates: workshops run every two weeks - contact us for dates.

This 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. View the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop Syllabus.

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.