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Professional Development Through Quality Matters

The Office of Online Learning wants to help you stay at the forefront of technology as online classrooms evolve. The Quality Matters professional development classes are geared toward helping you stay up-to-date with the most effective and efficient methods of delivering your class.

Whether you want to get better at designing your class, improve a course you've already taught or simply learn new theories behind online teaching, our professional development classes can help. Below you can find many additional certification classes that will help you develop skills to make your online classes even more successful for you and your students.

Requirements:

  • Be certified in the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
  • Instructor at USM - open to Faculty
  • Must submit the form by December 21st, 2021, but this does not mean that you must take the workshop by the end of the year. We have Quality Matters workshops scheduled into 2022, but you must request to be registered through the application by December 21st.

First come, first served. Enrollment is limited to approximately 200 seats.

We pay the registration fee for completed applications only.

Explore basic components of online course delivery and learn how to cultivate student engagement.

  • Course Length: Two weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

The “Teaching Online: An Introduction to Online Delivery” workshop explores basic components of online course delivery. Participants will be introduced to best practices for teaching in an online learning environment, the instructor’s role and the learner’s role in the online classroom, the importance of getting (and keeping) students engaged, and methods of facilitating online discussions using the discussion board. 

More information can be found at the Quality Matters Teaching Online description.

Complete the Teaching Online Application

Bring your online course to this workshop and get a framework for developing an online course plan. You'll use a framework and explore the QM Rubric to design one module for your online course.

  • Course Length: Two weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on the workshop requirements. Note that the Schedule & Checklist for Independent sessions may vary from the Schedule & Checklist provided here. 

The “Designing Your Online Course” workshop includes an overview of the QM Rubric and provides a framework for participants to design an online course plan. An integral element of the workshop is an exploration of the eight General Standards of the QM Rubric, focusing on learning objectives and overall course alignment. Participants will complete a Course Development Plan. The plan includes all of the essential Specific Review Standards (SRS) with a column for how the participant will meet the SRS in their course and what resources they will need.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Designing Your Online Course.

Complete the Designing Your Online Course Application.

Use the QM Rubric to review your own courses and develop a course improvement plan.

  • Course Length: Two weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on the workshop requirements. Note that the Schedule & Checklist for Independent sessions may vary from the Schedule & Checklist provided here. 

The “Improving Your Online Course” workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own online courses and develop a course improvement plan.

The content is based on the essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online course is required.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Improving Your Online Course.

Complete the Improving Your Online Course Application.

Apply the QM Rubric and framework to your blended/hybrid course in this workshop using face-to-face and online elements.

  • Course Length: Two weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on the workshop requirements.

The “Designing Your Blended Course” workshop explores the eight General Standards in the QM Rubric and provides a framework to build a blended course. While QM recognizes that each institution will define "blended" in its own way, this framework will work with any combination of face-to-face and online elements. Participants use the QM Rubric to review key blended elements and develop a plan for one module for your blended course.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Designing Your Blended Course.

Complete the Designing Your Blended Course application.

The following workshops are designed towards pursuing the Quality Matters Course Certification.

Take your online or blended course and explore methods to set social and instructor presence and provide institution support. This workshop specifically addresses Standards 1 and 7 in the QM Rubric.

  • Course Length: Two weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on workshop requirements.

Explore course design features that help students succeed from the outset and access the institutional support they need in the Design that Welcomes Your Learners workshop. Topics include getting learners started, establishing expectations and policies, communicating prerequisites, connecting with learners, and facilitating access to support services. You will review your online course and complete an Improvement Plan for each of these areas.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Design That Welcomes Your Learners.

Complete the Design That Welcomes Your Learners application.

Focus on aligning learning objectives to the assessments you use as you create or review courses.

  • Course Length: Two weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on workshop requirements.

The “Connecting Learning Objectives and Assessments” workshop reviews course- and module-level learning objectives or competencies while using alignment to ensure that assessments are varied and supportive of the learning objectives or competencies. Participants apply these concepts to developing and/or reviewing their own course objectives or competencies and assessments. The content is based on Standards 2 and 3 of the Quality Matters Rubric.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Connecting Learning Objectives & Assessments.

Complete the Connecting Learning Objectives & Assessments application.

See how course materials and technology can be put to work to support learner outcomes.

  • Course Length: Two weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on workshop requirements.

Alignment relies not only upon the connection between learning objectives and assessments, but also upon connections with instructional materials, learning activities, and technology. In this workshop you will explore how to effectively integrate instructional materials, learning activities, and technology with each other to support learners towards success on assessments and in meeting course objectives.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Using Instructional Materials & Tech. to Promote Learner Engagement.

Complete the Using Instructional Materials & Tech. to Promote Learner Engagement application.

View courses from the perspective of improving accessibility and usability for all learners. Get insight on Universal Design for Learning and techniques for creating accessible content.

  • Course Length: Two weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on workshop requirements.

The Addressing Accessibility and Usability workshop provides detailed information about accessibility, usability, readability and how to design courses with all these topics in mind. Information is provided on Universal Design for Learning, challenges learners may encounter, creating accessible content, and designing courses that can be navigated. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who want to understand more about these important topics. 

More information can be found at Quality Matters Addressing Accessibility & Usability.

Complete the Addressing Accessibility & Usability application.

The following seven workshops are part of the Teaching Online Certificate. You will need to complete the application individually each session.

Identify your technology skills gaps and be able to fill those gaps through available resources.

  • Course Length: 1 week (8 days: Wed. to Wed.)
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on workshop requirements.

Participants in this one-week workshop will assess their current level of skill with technologies related to teaching online and develop a plan to improve their skills.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Gauging Your Technology Skills.

Complete the Gauging your Technology Skills application.

Evaluate the instructional design of online courses using established quality assurance standards and rectify deficiencies through teaching.

  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on workshop requirements.

Participants in this two-week workshop will evaluate the instructional design of an online course (ideally, one they will be teaching), with an emphasis on how that design affects the delivery of the course.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Evaluating Your Course Design.

Complete the Evaluating Your Course Design application.

Determine institutional policies related to online teaching at your institution.

  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on workshop requirements.

In this two-week workshop, you will explore the following seven policy areas related to teaching online at your institution:

  1. Classroom behavior and learner discipline
  2. Academic integrity
  3. Academic reporting and learner privacy
  4. Copyright
  5. Accessibility
  6. Instructor evaluation
  7. Other institutional policies

Each module begins with a scenario that prompts you to consider what you would do in the given situation, followed by resources, examples, and a “Policy Exploration” assignment in which you investigate your institution’s policies, and concludes with a forum where you can discuss your findings, questions, and experiences with your colleagues.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Exploring Your Institution's Policies.

Complete the Exploring Your Institution's Policies application.

Show your mastery of explaining why its important to orient learners to online courses and how to do so.

  • Course Length: 1 week (8 days: Wed. to Wed.)
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on workshop requirements.

Participants in this one-week workshop will learn why and how to orient learners to online learning in general as well as to a particular online course.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Orienting Your Online Learners.

Complete the Orienting Your Online Learners application.

Select teaching strategies based on learning theories.

  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on workshop requirements.

Participants in this two-week workshop will learn about several different theories of learning and how teaching strategies based on those theories can promote learning.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies.

Complete the Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies application.

Describe how to create instructor, social, and cognitive presence in online courses.

  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on workshop requirements.

Participants in this two-week workshop will learn how to create three types of presence in online courses: instructor, social, and cognitive.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Creating Presence in Your Online Course.

Complete the Creating Presence in Your Online Course application.

Assess learning in online courses and explain ways to assess teaching in online courses.

  • Course Length: 1 week (8 days: Wed. to Wed.)
  • Delivery Mode: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Instruction: Facilitated

Please refer to the Schedule & Checklist for more information on workshop requirements.

Participants in this one-week workshop will learn about assessing teaching and learning in the online environment.

More information can be found at Quality Matters Assessing Your Learners.

Complete the Assessing Your Learners application.