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A Comprehensive Framework for Assignment Design

Most of the faculty professional development efforts—whether provided by teaching and learning centers or other entities in our campuses—appear to give little attention to assessment design. Developing effective assessments is an intellectually serious task that deserves our undivided attention. In this session, we will analyze a comprehensive framework for designing meaningful assignments that not only measure students' performance, but also promote deep learning.

Accessible Academic Support Through the iLearn Platform

The Academic Learning Center at Marist College has created a joinable iLearn site that is an extension of the support services that we offer to all students, faculty, and staff at Marist.  The site offers links to campus resources and support topics.  The list of topics was generated by Marist students and can be accessed remotely by the entire Marist community.  The site is interactive, as suggestions and recommendations for additional resources are encouraged and can be requested for addition to the site.  The Academic Learning Center staff takes all suggestions and researches topics and

Accessible Accessibility: Making Sense of Specific Review Standard 8.3 in the APPQMR

An experienced APPQMR facilitator will explore the complexities of Specific Review Standard 8.3 as part of the APPQMR workshop. The presentation will include a review and analysis of all of the instructional materials available to APPQMR facilitators. The presentation will conclude with an activity in which participants craft a personal plan to introduce this standard, using a storyboard or other lesson planning tools.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric to Culminating Experiences and Individualized Research Courses

This session is designed to share challenges and opportunities for applying the QM rubric to a doctoral dissertation course space or other individualized research course. A number of barriers and hurdles to development and delivery of the process will be shared as relate to the incorporation of QM rubric application and processes. Specific application in both Blackboard and Canvas Learning Management Systems will be included.

Are We There Yet? Pack Your Bags for a Design Trip Using the QM Rubric

An instructional designer and a faculty member have the same goal in mind – a quality course. Yet, all too often we travel down two very different roads to reach our destination. More importantly, we have two different ways of evaluating whether we have indeed arrived. What we both need is a good road map. QM4Design is the ultimate, all-in-one GPS for course design. This innovative tool brings faculty and instructional designers together on a shared path toward the final destination: a course that meets all the Quality Matters standards.

Beating the Forgetting Curve - How to Bridge the Memory Gap with Low-Stakes Formative Assessment

In this engaging, interactive session you will learn an easy process that leads to higher rates of learner memory recall. Using simple Web 2.0 tools we will create our own strategically spaced "recall events" that can help students encode course content into long term memory. Attendees will leave this session with methods and tools which will allow them and their students to work smarter, not harder, and efficiently put the knowledge in technology.

Better than "Good Enough:" Quality at Scale at an HBCU

The Quality Matters community is growing at an exponential rate as schools reimagine how to infuse quality into the online and hybrid learning experience. But what does an institution do when its supply of QM support is greatly outweighed by faculty and departmental demand? When this occurred at one mid-sized liberal arts HBCU, the institution systematically changed its organizational framework and practices to meet its rapidly increasing needs.

Better than "Good Enough:" Quality at Scale at an HBCU

When NCCU's faculty and departmental demand for QM outweighed its supply of trained personnel, the institution systematically changed its organizational framework and practices to meet its rapidly increasing needs. Join us as we explore how this institution utilizes the QM Rubric to scale quality across its curriculum by providing program-specific training, developing high-quality master courses, and empowering faculty as Quality Assurance Ambassadors.

Creating Wraparound Supports through Internal Partnerships: Advising, IT, & IR

Low retention rates at the course and program level for online learners have dogged many institutions. By bringing together advising, IT, and institutional research / analytics professionals, The American Women's College has launched a variety of projects to achieve wrap-around supports that contribute to retention and graduation rates 20% above national averages. Attendees will brainstorm how such teamwork could transpire at their institutions to promote increased student success.

Designing for Change: Creating Transformative Online Learning Experiences

Based on research into student perceptions of online course quality and the relationship between the Community of Inquiry and Transformative Learning, this presentation demonstrates why and how to: a) create consistency in online courses; b) transition learning objectives to the method for learning rather than merely a post hoc measure of it; and c) reframe questions in assignment instructions as declarative statements to create more effective and efficient teaching and learning experiences.

Enhancing Inclusiveness within the Quality Matters Framework

Diversity and inclusion are core principles incorporated into effective instruction and Quality Matters standards. For example, Standard 1 promotes inclusiveness through the course welcome and introductions. Standard 3 emphasizes multiple opportunities to demonstrate competence with varied assessments and Standard 8 enhances inclusion through accessibility and usability. The purpose of this session is to identify and develop strategies that promote inclusion in an online learning environment.

Implementing the QM for Students Program into an Online Graduate Course

A fully online Learning, Design and Technology graduate program has implemented the Quality Matters (QM) for Students into curriculum requirements for students concentrating in online teaching and learning. This graduate program is one of 10 universities in the united states to implement the QM for Students. The director of the program and the instructor of the course will present the initial QM coaching experience, examples of courses designed and feedback from the students' experience.

Keynote: Expanding Impact by Reimagining Pathways in Work, Career, and Life

Creating quality online learning experiences for students, and communities of practice for faculty and designers, is dependent upon the continuing commitment of leaders within and between institutions.  Growing your career can support our collective commitment to quality for students by putting more designers and faculty in positions to direct strategy, craft institutional priorities and policies, and designate resources.  Come explore how you can reimagine your contribution to the field through leadership progression through a variety of pathways.

Leadership Strategies

Join this leadership panel session after the keynote to further discuss the ways that leaders can develop strategies to tackle projects and challenges at a variety of institutions. Panelists representing leadership positions at private, community, and public universities will share their strategies for addressing a project or challenge at their institution. A template will be provided so that participants can brainstorm a leadership strategy for addressing a project or challenge at their own institution. This session will close with a sharing of ideas and suggestions for moving forward.

Meet QM Review Standards by Applying UDL Checkpoints to the Design and Delivery of Engaging Online Learning Environments

CAST UDL Guidelines recommend providing multiple means of engagement to develop learners who are purposeful and motivated, and therefore successful in their learning pursuits. Join this active learning session to discover and map the connection between UDL checkpoints in the affective domain and QM Review Standards and then develop a UDL strategy for designing and delivering engaging learning environments that through this alignment implement numerous QM Review Standards.