Tag: Quality Matters

Late openings in summer Online Teaching Fellows program

This just in, from our friends at CATL:
Due to additional funding, we are able to offer additional spots for our Late Summer Advanced Online Teaching Fellows, which runs from August 12 to August 21. For full details see the call below, or visit https://www.uwgb.edu/catl/online/advanced.asp.

• Advanced Online Teaching Fellows – Summer 2014
Applications due Tuesday, July 8. Application form and full details available at https://www.uwgb.edu/catl/online/advanced.asp.

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is offering $2,000 grants to instructors to take part in an intensive hybrid 2-week workshop on advanced online teaching concepts and course development.

This program will foster lively, interdisciplinary conversations about best practices in online teaching and prepare and support instructors to submit an online course for Quality Matters recognition (more information on Quality Matters). It is intended for instructors who have experience teaching online and are interested in having their course Quality Matters recognized.

The program has the following requirements:
— Participants must nominate a course for redevelopment and review. The course must have been taught at least twice online for UW-Green Bay by the end of Summer 2014.
— Participants must commit to attend all four face-to-face sessions as outlined below and participate in all online components of the course. Please note that the work required outside of class time totals approximately 12-16 hours over the two-week period.
— Participants must commit to complete a successful Quality Matters review by the end of Spring 2015
— Participants chosen for the Late Summer session commit to attending the following four face-to-face sessions:
• August 12, 9am – 1pm
• August 14, 9am – 1pm
• August 19, 9am – 1pm
• August 21, 9am – 1pm

Applicants will be chosen in a blind review by the Awards Subcommittee of the Instructional Development Council. Application form, rubric and sample applications can be found at https://www.uwgb.edu/catl/online/advanced.asp. Email applications to CATL, at catl@uwgb.edu by July 8.

For more information, visit http://www.uwgb.edu/catl/online/advanced.asp or email Joanne Dolan at dolanj@uwgb.edu.

Faculty note: Kain shares expertise at Harvard

Kevin Kain, a lecturer for Humanistic Studies and the Adult Degree program, was invited to present at Harvard University by the dean of the Harvard Extension School and historian Donald Owstrowski of the school’s faculty. Kain’s presentation, “Theoretical and Practical Issues Concerning Online Teaching: Experiences with the Quality Matters Program,” was given to the dean and department heads of the Harvard Extension School. Kain says that the hour-long presentation stimulated a lively discussion centered largely on his work in connection with the Quality Matters Program. His visit and presentation were funded by Harvard University.
 

CATL offers advanced online workshop grants; due date Nov. 27

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is offering 10 $2,000 grants to instructors to take part in an intensive hybrid  two-week workshop on advanced online teaching concepts and course development that will run during Winterim 2014. This program will foster lively, interdisciplinary conversations about best practices in online teaching and prepare and support instructors to submit an online course for Quality Matters recognition (www.qualitymatters.org/higher-education-program).

To apply, instructors should send an email with the following information: An outline of your online teaching experience including course names and semesters taught; the online course you would like to revise and submit for review (must have been taught at least twice), including areas you would like to improve; evidence of your teaching excellence and interest in online education; and a commitment to participate in all required elements of the program including attendance at sessions from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 6, 8, 13 and 15, as well as participation in all online course components and completion of a successful Quality Matters review by the end of Summer 2014.

For more information, email Joanne Dolan at dolanj@uwgb.edu. Email applications to the CATL, at catl@uwgb.edu by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.
 

CATL selects 10 instructors as summer advanced online teaching fellows

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning has selected 10 instructors as summer 2013 advanced online teaching fellows to discuss online teaching and course development. Congratulations to Patricia Albers, Danielle Bina, Tara DaPra, Adolfo Garcia, Alison Gates, Dean VonDras, Theresa Adsit, Peter Breznay, Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges and Sarah Meredith Livingston. The Advanced Online Teaching Fellows program will foster a lively, interdisciplinary dialogue about best practices in online teaching and prepare and support these instructors to submit an online course for Quality Matters recognition. More information on Quality Matters.

Quality Matters initiative for online courses applauds Dewhirst, Bansal, Ortiz

Three popular UWGB courses have been awarded “Quality Matters” certification for the high quality of their course design. They are:

• Popular Music Since 1955, Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Music
• Business Statistics, Prof. Gaurav Bansal, Business Administration
• Perspectives on Values: The Contemporary World, Prof. Cristina Ortiz, HUS

McQuade Dewhirst, Bansal and Ortiz were participants in the Advanced Online Teaching Fellows, a program offered to experienced online faculty seeking to elevate their online teaching and course design. Facilitated by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) the program will be offered again in Summer 2013 with the aim of gaining QM recognition for an additional ten online courses.

The Quality Matters Program is a national, faculty-driven, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses. The QM rubric provides a set of standards for the design of online courses at the college level and looks for classes with quality objectives, materials and assessments that support and engage students with accessible technology.

Prof. Aeron Haynie, director of CATL, said of the recognition, “We are very pleased with this recognition of our faculty’s strong work providing high quality online teaching. Congratulations to Michelle, Gaurav and Cristina! Expect many more announcements as our faculty complete the review process.”

Expanding the team of Quality Matters reviewers
Additionally, the campus has begun to expand our team of QM trained reviewers. These include three new Master Reviewers – Heather Pokorsky, Dan Schrickel, and Pat Theyerl – and two Peer Reviewers  — Profs. Angela Bauer and Gaurav Bansal. Becoming a reviewer requires a solid understanding of online course design and 20-30 hours of training. For more information on the Online Teaching Fellows program, visit the CATL website.

Haynie, CATL to organize efforts on ‘online quality’ initiative

Associate Prof. Aeron Haynie has been appointed the director and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) identified as the home for a new initiative at UW-Green Bay that will assess and ensure the quality of online teaching and learning. Called the “Quality Matters” program, the project coincides with UW-Green Bay’s efforts to seek another full, 10-year renewal of its institutional accreditation. The University’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, has recently amended its criteria to encourage member institutions to demonstrate innovation and strategic purpose in improving higher education. After a yearlong process of research and consultation with individuals across campus, Chancellor Harden chose the Quality Matters program to be UW-Green Bay’s area of emphasis. QM is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer-reviewed process. It was selected because of its fit with the campus Strategic Plan, because of the expansion of online education at UW-Green Bay, and because of the institution’s desire to ensure that all courses and program share the same high standards. Those with questions about the project may contact Haynie; Angela Bauer, special assistant to the provost; and Andrew Kersten, associate provost for academic affairs.