Current News about Online Teaching and Learning

Starting this month CELT is beginning a campus wide promotion of the nationally recognized Quality Matters (QM) course design framework for online courses. The March 31, 2016 Inside Iowa State article describes how the QM higher education rubric can be used to evaluate an online course for both general course improvement and for external certification by the Quality Matters organization. The QM rubric is an effective course development tool because it focuses on alignment of course components including: learning objectives, assessment and measurement, instructional materials, course activities and learner interaction, and course technology.

To support this use of QM across campus CELT recently launched three professional development tracks with the goal of helping faculty enhance their online courses. The three tracks are:

  • Basics of online teaching
  • Beyond the basics of online teaching
  • Universal design for teaching online

For more information about implementing Quality Matters at ISU contact: Allan Schmidt, 294-5357 or


In other news, CELT has also started a national search for our next Associate Director for Online Learning. The full position description is available on the ISU Human Resources website. This faculty appointment is 0.75 FTE Administrative in CELT /0.25 FTE academic home department. The closing date for the position is April 30, 2016. For more information please contact: Ann Marie VanDerZanden, 294-7555 or