Quality Matters Initiative
Quality Matters (QM) is an organization that offers nationally recognized benchmarks for online course and program design. It offers a set of online course design standards and program review criteria through a rigorous review process. The Quality Matters Initiative is a university-wide effort funded by IS&T Distance Education Services that aims to promote online course quality and teaching effectiveness.
The initiative is split into two stages. The first stage is to recruit faculty to become Quality Matters certified peer reviewers. Faculty who wish to become QM peer reviewers must complete a 1-day workshop as well as a 3-week online course, and then submit the peer reviewer certification application. Upon obtaining the peer reviewer certification, the faculty member is eligible for a stipend or professional development fund.
The second stage is to obtain QM certification on one or more of your online courses. Courses should meet the standards specified in this rubric. More information on this stage will become available later this year!
If you have any questions about the Quality Matters Initiative, please contact Dr. Rui Li at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Soon: D2L Daylight
On May 21st, 2018 the D2L Learning Management System will transition to a new look and feel called D2L Daylight.
All of the D2L tools that you currently use will remain and continue to work the way they do now. The changes include a mobile-friendly interface and a cleaner layout with course images. Faculty interested in trying the D2L interface can gain sneak peek access by attending a training event.
Distance Education faculty are encouraged to contact their instructional designer to discuss Daylight's impact on their course design as soon as possible!!
Upcoming Events and Training Opportunities
Online/Blended Faculty Development Program (OFD)
The Online/Blended Faculty Development Program is offered 100% online and provides best practices and technology recommendations for teaching a distance education course. This program is facilitated by an instructional designer and an experienced online faculty mentor. The program is offered 5 times a year, and certifies the CAPC training requirement!
Next Offering: March 19th to April 6th
Monthly Self-Paced Training
Each month you can participate in a 100% online self-paced workshop that guides you towards becoming an expert user of a different technology tool. These workshops are facilitated by an instructional designer. Our Spring 2018 offerings include:
Email Tom Pantazes at email@example.com to register!
IS&T Distance Education Services facilitates monthly webinars on topics relevant to online course design, pedagogy, and innovative technology.
March: Friday, 3/23 | 12pm - D2L Daylight: What D2L's New Theme Means For Faculty
April: TBD - TBD
Lunch N' Learn
Join us for lunch once a month, connect with other online colleagues, and leave with new ideas!
March: Thursday, 3/22 | 11:30am - 30 Tools in 30 Minutes
April: TBD - TBD (in collaboration with TLAC)
RSVP to Pat Brander at firstname.lastname@example.org!
2018 Online/Blended Teaching with Technology Showcase & Award
Wednesday, May 9th
IS&T Distance Education Services will be hosting the 2018 Online/Blended Teaching With Technology Showcase & Award in collaboration with the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Center (TLAC). The showcase will feature faculty examples from their respective online/blended course(s) that introduce innovative technologies that enhance the online teaching, learning, and assessment environment. Keep an eye out for more information about this event in April!
Accessibility Awareness Day 2018
IS&T Distance Education Services is teaming up with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities to plan and produce the first ever Accessibility Awareness Day here at West Chester University in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day! The purpose of this event is to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion, and individuals who have disabilities!
Wednesday, May 16th | 11am-3pm | BPMC
What to expect:
- Keynote Speaker
- Student Panel
- Presentations & Workshops regarding: Social Etiquette, Law & Policy, captioning, and creating accessible emails, websites, and documents
Any questions can be sent to email@example.com. We hope to see you there! #WCUGAAD
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