Online Workshop Series: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

** This Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop meets both mornings of Thursday, October 20th, and Friday, October 21st from 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Learning Objectives:

    • Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters.
    • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
    • Apply the QM Rubric to review online courses.
    • Make decisions on whether the demo course meets selected QM Rubric Standards.
    • Apply the concept of alignment.
    • Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

Requirement

This virtual offering will be delivered via Zoom and is split into three hours of training delivered over two days. Upon completion of the entire workshop, participants may pursue certification for attaining the QM roles of Peer Reviewer and Master Reviewer.


Online Workshop Series: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

** This Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop meets both mornings of Thursday, October 20th, and Friday, October 21st from 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Learning Objectives:

    • Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters.
    • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
    • Apply the QM Rubric to review online courses.
    • Make decisions on whether the demo course meets selected QM Rubric Standards.
    • Apply the concept of alignment.
    • Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

Requirement

This virtual offering will be delivered via Zoom and is split into three hours of training delivered over two days. Upon completion of the entire workshop, participants may pursue certification for attaining the QM roles of Peer Reviewer and Master Reviewer.


Demystifying QM Certification: A Panel of Instructors

Mystified about what online/blended course certification from Quality Matters (QM), a faculty-driven non-profit organization means? Not sure why you need to have your online/blended course certified? What are the benefits for your students and you, the instructor? What is involved in the certification process? Is it worth the effort?

Join us for a virtual panel on QM course certification! Four instructors will share their experiences about receiving the QM certification mark for designing courses that met QM Standards at a level of 85% or greater in an official review process conducted by external reviewers.

Listen to their course certification stories and decide whether you would like to initiate QM certification for your own courses.


CELT Teaching Spotlight: Lesya Hassall

Lesya Hassall

Lesya Hassall, Ph.D., Instructional Specialist III, Quality Matters Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), has been an instructional designer at Iowa State University for 13 years at CELT and another four years with the School of Education. Hassall received the Excellence in Instructional Support COVID-19 Exceptional Effort Award for CELT’s Course Design Institute program’s effective leadership. This honor recognizes a faculty or staff instructor who has made exceptional efforts to support the creative and successful redesign of a course or curriculum for remote or hybrid delivery through instructor training or instructional support.

Hassall’s advice for teaching:

Have a question about ISU’s centrally-supported instructional technologies? Need advice on the design of your online or hybrid course? Considering an innovative teaching approach? Determined to implement inclusive teaching practices?

CELT is one phone call or email message away! CELT instructional designers will hear you out, explain the ins and outs of new technologies, help to connect you to your teaching peers and discuss many other ways in which they can support your teaching through CELT’s services and upcoming programs.   

When we help you, we also learn from you to pass your expertise on to others – it’s a win-win for ISU’s teaching and learning community!  

Hassall would recommend:

I am biased, but Course Design Institute (CDI) is my favorite CELT program! CDI gives time and space to busy faculty members to reflect on the different aspects of their online and hybrid courses: 

  • Is my course easy to navigate?  
  • Are my instructional objectives clear?  
  • How does required and optional coursework build up the learner?  
  • Is the learner’s journey chunked and scaffolded?  
  • Is the practice deliberate and meaningful?  
  • Are my assignment instructions transparent?  
  • How do I use Canvas’s basic and advanced tools to build my course?

CDI participants engage in online synchronous sessions led by ISU’s experienced teaching experts and complete self-paced work designing or redesigning their online and hybrid courses.  

I take enormous pride in this program because it was created to model a productive, intentional, inclusive, and participatory exchange between and among those who care about teaching and learning. Like what happens with thoughtfully designed courses, every iteration of CDI is continuously improved with the feedback from the past participants and session leaders.  

I owe it to the wonderful team of the CELT staffers, CDI co-leaders, such as Drs. Monica Lamm and Ann Gansemer-Topf, CDI presenters and participants who turn every CDI into a community-driven event where we all learn something new about our courses, students, and ourselves as teaching practitioners and instructional supporters.

Good Course Design Makes All The Difference

Start with the end in mind. It seems like pretty straightforward advice for a lot of things in life. And, although it isn’t always considered Faculty member speaking with three strudentswhen creating a new course, or modifying an existing one, it can create a very useful framework for course design.

Often this approach to course design is called “backward design”. The process starts with identifying the course learning goals. Next, you determine the best ways to assess and evaluate if students are achieving these goals. Then after the goals and evaluation strategies are established the course content is considered. Designing and teaching courses this way puts learning first and content coverage second. It can help students achieve higher levels of cognitive development (i.e. higher order learning as described in the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy) than classes that have content coverage as a primary focus.

The CELT website has a set of resources available to help with your course design:

Additionally, CELT is offering a 5-part workshop series- Best Practices in Online Course Design starting January 31st (registration is now closed for the spring series – CELT will be offering this series again in the near future – if you are interested email CELT). The workshop series is based on the research-based Quality Matters (QM) framework. You may learn more about this framework through CELT’s Quality Matters Tracks for Faculty Development website.

(On a personal note, last fall semester I worked with a graduate student in my program to develop a non-credit online course using the Quality Matters framework. It was a big undertaking, but the QM framework provided a fantastic guide and ensured we implemented a number of best practices for online learning. We’ve had great response from many of the participants as well.)

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Director
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

CELT Teaching Spotlight: Claudia Lemper-Manahl

Dr. Claudia Lemper-Manahl, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology has spent twenty-four years teaching at Iowa State University. Recently, Lemper-Manahl received the Excellence in Face-to-Face Instruction COVID-19 Exceptional Effort Awards for, “leadership and creativity in ensuring the safety of students and staff in undergraduate in-person microbiology labs.”

Lemper-Manahl’s advice for teaching:

Bringing students back into the laboratory with COVID safety precautions presented one of the biggest challenges of my teaching career. Laboratory courses are close contact and involve partners, teams, shared equipment, and many demonstrations. My advice to others teaching lab courses to insure biosafety:

  • Educating the students before attending class with detailed videos demonstrating the expected safety protocols including entering the building, classroom and most importantly how to wear PPE.
  • Providing all lecture material, quizzes, experimental protocol demos as well results and discussions on Canvas for any students unable to attend the in-person offering.
  • Sending weekly updates and summary of assignments via a video message to aid students with organization and overview of the week’s expectations.

I highly recommend the training I participated in this past summer that helped me to improve my Canvas course and teaching tools for the remote portions of my course. CELT offered a Summer Course Design Institute including Quality Matters and the ISU Template. It was so helpful to have experts available to answer questions and guide all of the instructors on best practices for online delivery.

Claudia Lemper-Manahl

Improve teaching online with these three resources, Dr. David Cantor

Improve teaching online with these three resources, Dr. David Cantor

Dr. David Cantor, Professor of Supply Chain Management & Mark & Terri Walker Professorship in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Ivy College of Business) along with Lauren Eliscu, Teaching Assistant (Supply Chain Management) here at Iowa State. Cantor shares how to improve teaching online with these three resources in this Tip for Teaching video (8 mins).

Discover more about the three quick tips shared in this video on the Team-Based Learning page, CELT about page, and the Quality Matters at ISU page.

Iowa State’s course in personal and family finance passes quality certification

jeannanationphotoIowa State’s course in personal and family finance passes quality certification: The course, HDFS 283, taught by lecturer Jeanna Nation, recently passed its three-person external course review and can now be referenced as a Certified Quality Matters course. Nation is working through the final paperwork to receive the actual certification, but that should be completed in the next week or so. The course scored 97/99 and an 84/99 was required to pass. Contact Jeanna Nation in human development and family studies or call 515-294-8644.

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More information

For more information about participating in Quality Matters programming, contact CELT assistant director Allan Schmidt, 294-5357.

Visit Quality Matters Tracks for Faculty Development at Iowa State website.

Quality Matters (QM) resources you can use any time 

As an institutional member of Quality Matters, you can access valuable resources to guide your online course design and improve student experiences. Create an account on the MyQM website and check out an impressive list of the following resources: 

  • Accessibility and Usability Resource Site (AURS): Browse this resource and receive reliable information, tips, and tricks on addressing key accessibility and usability concerns in your online courses. 
  • QM Success Stories Webinars: Attend synchronous virtual meetings with experienced instructors who designed and delivered successful online, blended courses. No time for synchronous webinars? Access the QM Success Stories archive on your own terms! 
  • Online Learning Webinars: Join QM experts and quests to discuss various topics related to building success with QM, online learning, and professional growth. 
  • Research Webinars: Explore the latest research on the impact of quality course design on learning. 
  • Bridge to Quality: A QM Online Course Design GuideThis course design guide provide a roadmap for designing courses with the QM Standards in mind.

Online Workshop Series: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

** This Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop meets both mornings of Thursday, June 9th and Friday, June 10th from 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Learning Objectives:

Recognize the foundational concepts of Quality Matters.
Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
Apply the QM Rubric to review online courses.
Make decisions on whether the demo course meets selected QM Rubric Standards.
Apply the concept of alignment.
Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

Requirement

This virtual offering will be delivered via Zoom and is split into three hours of training delivered over two days. Upon completion of the entire workshop, participants may pursue certification for attaining the QM roles of Peer Reviewer and Master Reviewer.

You can register through Zoom.

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