Notes from “What’s New with QM Professional Development?”, presented by Brenda Boyd, Director of Professional Development and Consulting at Quality Matters, at the 2015 Quality Matters (QM) conference.
This session was fast & furious with details, so these notes are very loose!
The session began with a panel about Improving Your Online Course, facilitated by Brenda.
Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)
- Why IYOC?
- Texas A&M: Comments about APPQMR that they wanted to apply the QM Rubric to their own course instead of the SPCH course. Weren’t concerned about being peer reviewers
- Oklahoma Statewide System: Too few APPQMR facilitators, and were work out from running across campus to deliver training. IYOC is online, so it was convenient for them to deliver from home campus
- Joliet Junior College: IYOC was another opportunity for them to promote QM to faculty
- What has been the impact?
- TX A&M: Faculty love the camaraderie and support that comes from working with each other on their actual course. IYOC is flexible – modular. They offer it as 4, 1-hour lunch & learn workshops. Two faculty who went through IYOC have submitted their course for review, and another has used the self-review tool
- Oklahoma: 10 people can facilitate both APPQMR & IYOC. They pair facilitators, then limit 10 faculty from any one institution, so they see faculty from other institutions in the system. Faculty are surprised by the gaps in their courses, and enjoy seeing courses from other institutions. Knowledge sharing across campuses
- JJC: IYOC is offered once each term, about half have already taken APPQMR and take IYOC to prepare the course for review. 6-7 are expected to submit for review in the spring. Easy outlet for them to see what others are doing and get feedback on their own course. Got to ask each other questions and have discussions.
- What are your plans for IYOC, and how does it fit into your QM goals overall?
- TX A&M: administration want to see more offered, planning to train a second IYOC facilitator.
- Oklahoma: Adding 2 more facilitators, because they are currently each delivering 2 a semester, and would like to cut back to one each while still maintaining enough spots for demand. Enjoy getting more collegial conversations. Faculty found that they had never had conversations like this about their own courses before.
- JJC: Participation in PD is voluntary, so they plan to continue offering IYOC once each term. Would love it for faculty to know their eventual path when they begin so that they can guide them to APPQMR (if they want to be a peer reviewer) or IYOC (if they don’t). Currently, all online courses are reviewed against an internal rubric before the course goes online in the first place, but faculty don’t continue to revise and improve after that. Would love to use the IYOC as a required periodic review process.
- QM’s web conferencing workshops
- 12 new this year!
- 2-hour workshops with very interactive activities and discussions
- This year focused on accessibility & student engagement topics (Captioning videos, Creating Accessible Word Documents, Ensuring Accessible Multimedia, Increasing Learner Engagement with Web 2.0 Tools, Learner Interactions & Active Learning, etc.)
- There is a cost, but subscribers get a discount. $100 per workshop for the full rate, discount for subscribers, and bundled packages
QM for Students
- Currently in development, additional student license ($300)
- Designed for students in instructional design programs
- Graduate Assistants are still recommended to go through the traditional APPQMR route, since they are employees of the university
- Faculty can then enroll in the QM Coach certification (if they have gone through APPQMR & PRC)
- Faculty learn about coaching process & the additional rubrics (K-12, HE, and CPE)
- Students subscribe for the rubric that is right for them, at a discounted rate (probably but not definitely $75), and enroll in a module about the basics of QM, self-paced
- Gives them access to the fully annotated rubric
- Upon completion of the QM Student Module, they get a certificate of completion
- Students then can continue using the rubric throughout their entire degree program (with additional years’ subscription)
- Alternates F2F and Online modules
- Online Mod #1: QM Overview and Principles (1.25 hr)
- F2F Meeting #1: QM Process In-Depth & Making Good Decisions (2 hr)
- Online Mod #2: Applying Alignment Specific Review Standards (4.5 hr)
- F2F Meeting #2: Specific Review Standard 7.2 and Helpful Recommendations (2 hr)
- Online Mod #3: Specific Review Standard 8.3 and Reflection (2.75 hr)
- Total: approximately 12 hours, 25 minutes
- Recommended to be completed over 2 weeks, but they can be flexible with that maximum (particularly because it is more challenging to schedule the F2F meetings)
- Requires additional certification to facilitate
- Determining what the competencies are for delivering it blended, and if there are overlaps between the facilitation types so that there could be an accelerated facilitation certification
- Expected to be released early 2016 (still some logistics to work out like workbooks, fees, etc)
- Working out how to improve the Helpful Recommendations Equation
- Have found faculty taking professional development have been confused by learning in Moodle (since they are used to different LMS’s)
- Creating an orientation for faculty to take before beginning professional development
Coming in 2016
- Online Teaching Competencies
- QM acquired Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) on July 1, 2015
- Working to develop teaching competencies modules
- Relying on an ePortfolio
- Results in a stackable digital credential (either a certificate or certification)
- Program Reviews
- Now that the Program Review rubric is being released, they will be developing professional development for Program Reviewers & to prepare for a program review
- Direct path to IYOC Facilitation
- Currently have to be an APPQMR Facilitator first
- Building a competency model for facilitating IYOC directly instead of going through APPQMR facilitator certification