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Quality Matters

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on January 15, 2013

Ken Miller and I were talking today about the significance of Learning Objectives and Outcomes when using Course Builder in D2L.
Learning Objectives and Outcomes are the foundation of Quality Matters (http://www.qmprogram.org/). If you want to go through the QM process, please consider the Center for Continuing Studies:  http://www.stcloudstate.edu/continuingstudies/default.asp

Sue Erickstad (serickstad@stcloudstate.edu) and Mike Penrod (mrpenrod@stcloudstate.edu) can help you with information how to complete the process.

If you intend to teach online classes soon, please use the forum, where we can exchange “good practices” information.

One Response to “Quality Matters”

  1.   pmiltenoff Says:

    an email from Keith Ewing:
    From: Ewing, M Keith
    Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 8:35 AM
    To: May, Henry B.; Thorson, Philip J.; Subrahmanyan, Lalita; Penrod, Michael R.
    Subject: online learning bill of rights

    Last year, Quality Matters promulgated a “Bill of Rights” that emphasizes elements related to course delivery (e.g., navigation, screen layout/design, instructor availability and response times, grading policy, etc.)—all fairly standard expectations whether the course is delivered online or not, but some about which many faculty can be cavalier (e.g., response times). An example of the QM “Bill of Rights” can be seen at http://ucconline.weebly.com/1/post/2012/10/quality-matters-bill-of-rights-for-online-learners.html.

    Today’s Chronicle of Higher Education has an article (http://chronicle.com/article/Bill-of-Rights-Seeks-to/136783/) on a different “Bill of Rights” addressing online education; the emphasis here is larger and more environmental and could apply to areas related to online education (e.g., library support) and other areas of information technology. This “Bill of Rights” covers “rights like access, privacy, intellectual property, open access, financial transparency, etc. In addition to a “Bill of Rights,” the document includes several overarching principles (e.g, civility, play, formative assessment, persistence, flexibility, value, etc.). The document related to this version can be seen at http://chronicle.com/article/The-Document-A-Bill-of/136781/. Among the “signatories” to this “Bill of Rights” are John Seely Brown (USC), Petra Dierkes-Thrun (Stanford), and Sebastian Thrun (Udacity).

    Both “Bills of Rights” address important issues that complement rather than overlap.

    Keith Ewing

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