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Pre-conference Workshop - Wednesday, July 6:

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

Evangeline 'Litsa' Varonis, who facilitates the workshop

This workshop explores the Quality Matters (QM) Project and Processes and prepares you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online/blended courses and ultimately, learning and success for the learner. QM is designed to improve the quality of online/blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. You will become familiar with QM standards and participate in a practice peer course review of an online course using the review tools. After successfully completing this workshop, you will be eligible to move into the online "Peer Reviewer Certification" and gain ideas to improve your own courses using QM Standards.

After this workshop, you will be able to:
1. Identify the underlying principles of QM.
2. Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
3. Apply the Fifth Edition QM Rubric to review online courses.
4. Decide if an authentic demo course meets selected QM Rubric Standards.
5. Apply the concept of alignment.
6. Draft helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing Annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course. 

Seats Available: 30

This full-day session is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, and administrators who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review. In fact many people take the workshop without the intent of becoming a peer reviewer. They do so to learn more about quality online course design, or to participate in informal course reviews at their own institution. Some institutions require participation before instructors can be compensated for designing or converting an existing course for online delivery or before instructors put their own courses up for QM review.

The QM program is being implemented internationally.

As you will be working in groups to view and review an actual online course during the workshop, please bring a laptop or iPad if you have one available to you. Other materials will be provided.

This workshop normally has a fee of c. $350. Since QM is a sponsor of ICICTE 2016, delegates who participate in the workshop held during the conference do so at the nominal cost of 70, which includes lunch and a coffee break.

In order to receive certification, participants need to attend the full day's programme.

The option to register for the workshop will be available on the registration form of the conference.

30 seats are available for this very important, pre-conference workshop and registration is on a first come first served basis.