Over this past academic year, I have had the pleasure of being part of the Online Faculty Fellows. As part of this experience, we were trained on Quality Matters standards and process for ensuring quality online courses. The training modules and group discussions were impactful, not only for online courses that I am developing but
I am happy to report that the “alignment” experiment mentioned in my previous blog post was a qualified success, on two fronts. First, test scores were notably higher (about a letter grade in aggregate) than in the past. Second, students like the class better, and found it less daunting. The feedback from the first round
How taking another look at your online content can help you redefine your face-to-face classes.
For four years I have been tasked with teaching and improving a core course in the Aerospace Engineering curriculum in applied physics which we call “Dynamics.” Historically saddled with a higher-than-we’d-like drop/withdraw/fail rate the experience of students (my late-nineties-self included) is one of nearly uniform disorientation and a sense of being overwhelmed by the breadth
On November 1, 2016 at the 8th Annual Quality Matters Conference, our Senior Instructional Designer, Torie Wynn, gave a presentation over how the QM Rubric has been modified and adjusted at Wichita State to meet the needs of our faculty, and ultimately, of our students.
I just arrived back in Wichita from beautiful Portland, Oregon where the 8th Annual Quality Matters Conference was hosted. The city–and especially the conference–was such a breath of fresh air.
In early 2016, the Academic Affairs office at Wichita State instituted a new syllabus that requires classes have measurable student learning outcomes that are aligned with course assessments.
During the next few weeks professors of fully online courses will continue to receive letters outlining recommendations from the Spring, 2016 online course audit. We have had some questions about the audit process, so I thought it was a good idea to outline exactly what happens when your course is audited using the Friendly Audit process.
If you’ve ever taken a course with Quality Matters (QM)—the leading quality assurance program for online courses—you’ll know how much “alignment” is stressed when designing and delivering an online course. For QM, alignment establishes the foundation upon which the rest of an online or hybrid course is based.