Applying the QM Rubric Workshop

Quality Matters Training Opportunities Available
Quality Matters offers a variety of online workshops and courses designed for faculty who are new to teaching online and also for those with experience teaching online who wish improve the quality of their online course. Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning.
The “Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)” online workshop is being facilitated by staff at Portland Community College and begins June 17.  A detailed description is below.  Other QM workshops and courses are also available.  Please visit Quality Matters for the list, descriptions, and schedule of workshops and courses.
If you are interested in registering for either the APPQMR workshop or in a training listed on the QM website, please contact Audrey Mills. These training opportunities are being funded by the Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association (OCCDLA).
Applying the QM Rubric Workshop
Start date: Tuesday, June 17
Duration: 2 weeks
Facilitated by PCC staff: Kristen Kane, Tani McBeth, Greg Kaminski
Description: This workshop explores the Quality Matters Rubric, provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses and is designed for instructors who have taught online.  (Other workshops are recommended for those in training to teach online for the first time.) This is the QM foundation workshop for anyone who might be interested in participating on a peer review team in the future, and participants will be able to apply the strategies to their own online course design. During this workshop participants have the opportunity to explore many standards of the Quality Matters rubric in depth, and to apply those standards to a demo course. Participants should plan to block out an average of about 1-1/2 hours a day over the two week period, or about 14-20 hours total.

Those who complete the workshop might have a future opportunity to participate in the official “Peer Reviewer Certification” course offered through Quality Matters. (The PRC is a 2-week online workshop designed to follow the “Applying the QM Rubric” workshop.)

3 Moodle Tips

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Finding OER – Open Ed Week Monday

Happy Open Education Week!

Are you considering converting to or building a textbook-free course? Would you like to incorporate some open resources into an existing source to help your students get a better grasp of certain topics. Here are some tips for finding Open Educational Resources to build or add to your classes.

Step one: Set aside time.

Searching for these materials takes time and persistence, just like research!

Step two: Get cozy with your specific learning objectives.

Instead of focusing on the textbook that you would like to replace, focus on what you would like students to specifically know or be able to do. You will likely need to search for several materials to address different topics or components of your complete class.
Example: instead of searching for “biology” materials, search for “cell structure” or “DNA” or “evolution” materials.

Step three: Use Google “Advanced Search” to search for open resources.

Step four: Search within some of the specific OER repositories/OER search engines:

OER Commons
Khan Academy
College Open Textbooks:

*OER Librarian pro-tip* Use the browsing tools that the repository or search engine presents to you! Don’t rely solely on keyword searching.

Step five: Consider library materials, which are free to students.

The library provides access to hundreds of ebooks, and thousands of articles that students can access electronically, for free.
Library’s homepage

Step six: Not finding what you’re looking for? Ask your OER librarian.

I’m happy to help or refer you! email: Jen Klaudinyi

Step seven: Consider creating and sharing your own OER.

Each term, the ATC hosts workshops that can help you use software to create your own materials, or you can always drop by for help. If you create materials, consider contributing them to one of the OER repositories.

More advice on searching for OER?

Check out this 60 minute webinar “Finding and Selecting High Quality OER” from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources