Do you teach online and want to find ways to improve the design of your courses? Consider learning about Quality Matters (QM), a well-known system for evaluating and improving online/blended course design to facilitate effective learning. Vetted through the work of MATC’s Online Quality Council, a voluntary QM course review process is currently being piloted.
A Brief Introduction to Quality Matters
QM concerns quality course design only – the forethought and planning that goes into developing an online or blended course. This is different and separate from standards for course delivery, the actual teaching of the course and interaction with students. A course design’s quality is evaluated using the QM Rubric, a set of standards that define 8 specific aspects of a quality online or blended course (see video playlist to learn more).
Free Webinar Offered on October 18th: Improving Both Design and Delivery
Join faculty from Portland Community College to explore the innovative way they use QM’s Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop. Discover how faculty have benefited from the approach — including how they share and reflect on course design strategies, as well as best pedagogical practices for instructional delivery. Plus, learn how you can bring this approach to your institution and expand on your own IYOC experience with a flexible F2F component designed to promote effective online teaching strategies in addition to good course design. You’ll also gain an understanding of how you can fine-tune and the apply instructional improvement plans through instructor collaboration beyond the IYOC.
Due by September 30: New Programs
• All approvals through step four (Program Proposal), including notification of WTCS Board approval, must be received by the Curriculum Office for inclusion in the printed catalog.
o WTCS Board meets odd numbered months (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, and Nov.)
o Program proposals must be submitted to WTCS approximately 60 days before WTCS Board meetings.
Due by Oct. 15: Major Modifications and Advanced Technical Certificates
• Major Modifications WTCS approvals must be received by November 30 to be entered into the catalog
• Advanced Technical Certificates WTCS approvals must be received by November 30 for inclusion in the printed catalog
Due by December 15: Program/Course Descriptions
• Course Descriptions
• Program Overview, Career Outlook, Program Learning Outcomes, Preparation for Admissions, and Future Opportunities.
Web site only, catalog updated for the following year
• No changes accepted to curriculum after applications are being accepted for the upcoming academic year (+/- April 1)
o No adding courses to programs
o No removing courses from programs
o No changes to existing courses that affect credit values
• Will only accept changes for:
o Course title change.
o Course allocation of contact hours not affecting credit values
ALL ACCEPTABLE course changes MUST be made before registration starts.
Want to learn about the new WIDS to web software? We will be offering demonstration classes in the telepresence rooms in the upcoming months. Drop In Sessions posted below.
This demonstration is a showcase for the new web-based WIDS software. Covered in the session will be WIDS software improvements, common terms, roles and statuses, course creation/modification process, approval process, and a tour of the software itself. Individuals attending should have prior experience creating a Course Outcome Summary (COS).
The telepresence rooms are located in the following campuses along with the support staff names and numbers.
Milwaukee Campus Rm M201B Mequon Campus Rm A201
Jim Stepp Aaron Davis
Oak Creek Campus Rm A119 West Allis Campus Rm 151
Peter Attipetty Greg Davis
WIDS Drop-In Sessions
WIDS drop-in sessions to provide one-on-one help to individuals using the new web-based WIDS software work through any problems you are encountering. Individuals attending should have prior experience creating a Course Outcome Summary (COS). The sessions will be held at the Milwaukee Faculty Innovation Center M201.
February 12th, 2015 Thursday 11:00 am to 12:00 pm February 24th, 2015 Tuesday 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm March 12th, 2015 Thursday 10:00 am to 11:00 am March 23rd, 2015 Monday 11:00 am to 12:00 pm April 1st, 2015 Wednesday 11:00 am to 12:00 pm April 17th, 2015 Friday 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm April 27th, 2015 Monday 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm