QM news focused on the Higher Education community for November, 2016.
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November, 2016

In this issue:

A New Focus for QM's Research Colleagues

The QM Research Colleagues, led by QM Research Director Kay Shattuck, are shifting their gaze toward three main areas in the coming year:
Look to meet the new Research Colleagues who will be joining and expanding the current group in the December newsletter, and stay tuned for more information on the exciting work that is taking place in these areas in 2017!

Save 20% on "Assuring Quality in Online Education"

Assuring Quality in Online Education book cover
Use offer code "AQOE16" to order your copy of "Assuring Quality in Online Education" edited by Kay Shattuck, D.Ed., QM's Director of Research, valid to 12/31/16

The book provides a comprehensive overview of quality assurance, a snapshot of current practices and proven recommendations for raising quality standards in online education.

QM Wants Your Proposal for the 2017 Regional Conference!

Don’t put off submitting your proposal for the 2017 QM Regional Conference in New York. The December 9 deadline will be here soon.

We’ll be getting together at Berkeley College, in the heart of Manhattan, April 20 and 21, 2017 to share ideas and experiences. We need yours! We will be talking about:
  • Accreditation
  • Going the distance
  • Strategies
  • Research
  • QM beyond the online classroom
Share what you have learned and help other educators and administrators create the future of learning and improve learner engagement. Submit a proposal!

Develop and submit what may become a winning proposal in one of these five concentrations. If your proposal is selected, you will:
  • Gain visibility for your work/ideas/methods
  • Gain credibility for grant-funding
  • Receive Early Bird Pricing
There are three types of presentations:
  1. Individual (25-minutes)
  2. Group (50-minutes)
  3. Conversation that Matters (50-minute roundtable type discussion)
Submit your proposal before the December 9 deadline.

Contact Beth Knapp, QM’s Conferences and Events Manager with questions. We look forward to your submission!

Warm Up Learner Engagement in the QM Live! Winter Institute

QM Live!

QM Live! Winter Institute is focused on getting your learners started and engaged in your course.
Practice and apply what you are learning with content geared to improving your courses for your learners.
Kick-start your winter courses by spending two hours each day of the series with exciting, timely and useful ideas and resources. Your learners will thank you!
There are two sets of three workshops:
  • December 13- 15 — Session I: Helping Learners Get Started: $250/subscribers; $325/non-subscribers for all three workshops
  • January 3-5, 2017 — Session II: Learner Engagement: $250/subscribers; $325/non-subscribers for all three workshops
You can also choose to enroll in individual sessions. Each is $100 per workshop for subscribers and $125 per workshop for non-subscribers.
“This [web conferencing] workshop was highly engaging, motivating and inspiring toward collaboration with others and online course development,” said Deitra Kuester, Associate Professor, Bradley University. “Highly recommended.”
Get registered now for QM Live! Winter Institute.

Learn about our other Professional Development offerings on our website

8th Annual QM Conference Round-Up

Thanks to everyone who joined us in Portland, via Twitter at #qmconf2016 and webcast to make the 8th Annual QM Conference a success with our largest attendance yet!
man with microphone standing in crowd of people sitting
Attendees: We hope you enjoyed the sessions, activities and food! Read a blog summary of the QM Conference from Torie Wynn, Wichita State University.

Keep the engagement going! We want to hear what you have to say - tweet your comments with #qmconf2016.

Congratulations to this year’s QM Awards winners!

Presenters: Thank you for your time, energy and ideas! Participants shared your valuable tools and resources via social media and had great things to say about your presentations.

We’re especially grateful to this year’s sponsors and exhibitors

Exhibitors: ProctorU, SmarterServices, eScience Labs, eLearning Innovation, GoReact and Focus EduVation  
Supporters: Mirum Learning, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and ITC

Thank you!

This year’s QM Gives Back event continued the book fair tradition for the third straight year! We had $3,700 in sales and donated 320 books to William Walker Elementary School in Portland. Thank you for your generosity.

Don’t forget to “save the date” for QM Connect 2017! We’ll be in San Antonio, TX, September 24 - 27.


Keeping Quality Top of Mind: QM Executive Director's Agenda  

By Deb Adair, QM Executive Director

When we look back at the state of online learning over the last 10 years, it’s obvious that the QM community has been a key factor in the improvement of the student learning experience. Quality has improved – we know, because we’re measuring it. To keep improving, we need to understand how education is changing and identify what quality looks like in new models. In addition to our own QM Conference this month, I’ve been pursuing this agenda at some recent events.
Deb Adair standing at a podium with a QM sign on it
The October WCET and NUTN conferences provided ample opportunities to take deep dives into big ideas. There is real innovation happening in and around higher education, in the use of data, adaptive learning, digital credentialing, and many of our colleagues are leading these changes.

National Distance Learning Week, November 7-11, was an opportunity to talk with educators about the impact of our community’s work and the journey ahead to assure quality. In keynote addresses at TAMU-Texarkana and Berkeley College NDLW events, I shared with faculty the good news about what the community has accomplished and the work that lies ahead.

I’m also honored with the opportunity to discuss quality in Competency-Based Education at the Annual Trustees Conference in Ohio and to participate in The White House Symposium on Higher Education Innovation that Reduces Costs and Strengthens Quality. My goal is to learn and share and to keep the quality work of our community top of mind wherever learning innovation is being discussed.


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