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April 2020

The Resources You Need Now
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As QM’s Executive Director Dr. Deb Adair highlighted in her Open Letter to the QM Community, our members are doing an outstanding job of responding to the COVID-19 crisis. But we know there may be others — in or outside your institution — that need more help. Here are some resources:
  1. Five Tips for Remote Teaching” — tap into the extensive knowledge of Dr. Steven Crawford, District Director for the Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation at Maricopa Community Colleges, as he shares five steps you can take now to ensure your students have the learning experience they need without overwhelming them and yourself.
  2. QM’s Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist — utilize our tiered list of considerations, tips and actionable strategies to help set students up for success during an institutional move to temporary remote instruction of classroom-based courses.
  3. Accessibility and Usability Resource Site — get information on how to address key accessibility and usability concerns with our free resource site for educators. Topics covered include: alternative text, video captions, hyperlinks, and accessible PDFs. There is also an open forum where you can ask about any accessibility concern.
Quick Tip: Making Complex Images Accessible
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Making complex images such as graphs, charts, maps, and illustrations accessible can be a challenge. According to the recently updated “Web Accessibility Guidelines Handbook” from Portland Community College, there are three best practices that can help: 1) Use a caption, 2) describe the complex image in surrounding text and 3) link out to a web page with a longer description. To learn more about how to use these best practices, check out section eight of the guide.


Present. Nominate. Attend.
Now more than ever, it’s critical that you share the work you are doing to create quality online learning environments that set students up for success. Let others know about your ideas and experiences — present at this year’s QM Connect Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Submit your proposal by May 4. Need help? Check out the recording of Dr. Racheal Brooks’ webinar — Creating a Winning Proposal — or review recordings of some highly-rated QM Connect presentations from 2019.

And don’t forget to nominate yourself, your institution or a colleague for a 2020 “Making a Difference for Students” QM Award. Nominations are available in three categories:
  • Outstanding Impact by an Individual in Higher Education
  • Outstanding Impact by a Higher Education Organization
  • Outstanding Impact by a K–12 Individual or Organization
Nominations are due by May 8 so start the QM Awards nomination process today. Please contact us if you need help with your submission.
In Case You Missed It
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Last week, QM and Eduventures Research presented results from the fourth Changing Landscape of Online Learning (CHLOE) Survey of Chief Online Officers. If you missed the webinar — or want to share it with others in your organization — the recording is now available. Check it out to discover what hundreds of institutions can tell us about mainstream online learning, including faculty preparation for teaching online, online program management (OPM) partnerships, online student support, online student orientation, online enrollment, proctoring arrangements and more.


Please join us in congratulating the following Higher Education, Publisher and Continuing & Professional Education members for having one or more courses recently QM-Certified:
A T Still University of Health Sciences
Athens State University
Baltimore City Community College
Bemidji State University
California State University-East Bay
California State University-Sacramento
Charleston Southern University
Clark College
Clarkson University
Columbia Gorge Community College
Dallas Colleges Online
Delaware County Community College
East Central University
Florida International University
Harford Community College
Indian River State College
Indiana University-Southeast
Kent State University System
King Khalid University
Laredo College
Madison Area Technical College
Midland College
Montgomery College
New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
North Park University
Northwood University-Michigan
Pepperdine Graziadio Business School (PGBS)
Sinclair Community College
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
Stark State College
Texas A & M International University
The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Florida
University of Southern Indiana
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Toledo
University of West Georgia
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

View QM-Certified Courses >>

Welcome New Members
Nottingham Trent University
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Albizu University
Eastern International College
South Suburban College
Louisiana College
Western Wyoming Community College
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Charles Darwin University
University of Manitoba
Assiniboine Community College
Brandon University
Red River College
Université de Saint-Boniface
University of Winnipeg

Learn More About QM Membership >>

Last Call! Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with colleagues and resources at this Friday’s QM East Regional Online Conference. Register now for the reduced rate of $125.

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