Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Debriefing: Quality Matters 5th annual conference

     This past week I attended the 5th annual Quality Matters conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning. It was a great experience and I picked up quite a bit as well as made some new contacts in the instructional design world. As always I tweeted out thoughts, resources, ideas, and general notes from the conference.  For those that use twitter or another social media site, do you take the time to ever go back over your own tweets? If you liked the comment the first time enough to share it, it is probably valuable for you to hear it again. Often times at a conference so much is going on that I even forget some of the points I tweeted. For that reason, I find it very valuable to debrief and go back over my own tweets. Below are some of the ones I felt to be valuable either from me or from others.  If you missed them the first time, take a look and debrief with me.

Thanks to all who participated in the backchannel on Twitter at #qmconf 

    1. Looking forward 2 a great day of learning & discussion @ the Quality Matters conf: Quality Assurance in Online Learning
  1. 2012 decade of the MOOCs, eggs were cracked and now the yoke is spreading...don't panic...how do we make the yoke meaningful?


    1. Teach people, not information.
  1. Education is slow 2 change b/c u often teach the way u learn, it is what u know...in time Distance Ed will b what faculty know
  1. Change is not always bad, not always good...thoughtful and purposeful change has to be a goal
    1. Hanley - "Learning by doing and doing by Learning" How do we create student learning portfolios that show what you can do?


  1. Hartman: Administrators who make decisions about online courses need to have experience either taking or teaching them.
  1. Hartman "The successful professional is one who can connect the dots, we have 2do a better job of producing stdnts who can
  1. Review of online learning leads 2 - quality 4 stdnts, pro-development 4 faculty, community awareness, & quality 4 accrediting
    1. What is a timely manner of feedback...24-48...importance whatever it is, is 2 communicate w/stdnts what u define it as
  1. Great point: Prompt feedback is only good if it is quality feedback...affirming or directing stdnts where 2go


  1. When posting in the discussion board as the instructor, do you halt disc. bc student thinks you are giving answer?


    1. Community of inquiry model important for the success of a course.


  1. : Distance education begins in the 3rd row of a lecture course -Gerry Hanley
  1. Evolving my understanding of the 85% rule during this roundtable, great session - Scoring and rating course:


    1. It can take up to a year to design a quality online course. It is a continuous process. You never stop designing your course.
  1. Design - Develop - Deliver three phases for training faculty
  1. Online Course Development folks from ASU share their course UN: qmstudent PW: qmexample
    1. Think about ur tone of voice in videos to make students feel you are talking to them and extending ur social presence


  1. "Quit telling students 'it's in the syllabus.' If they can't find it, redesign." Great advice!!


    1. Looking for resources from the conference? Here you go:
  1. Why r good objectives important? Gives stdnt's clear expectation, inform selection of material, mirror the assessments
  1. Good Learning Objective: What can a learner DO after his or her time with that they could not do before (b specific)


    1. everyone in higher ed should know about
  1. Texas A&M Central says QM standards 2.2, 2.4, 3.1, 5.2 were most commonly disagreed on/needed rework
  1. Random Thought: How many @ said "When I grow up I want 2b an ID"? Wondering what my kids will b that we don't even know will exist
    1. Presenter: "Have u ever been asked 2 do something new u have never done"...cue room erupting in laughter
  1. Coaching is about creating a partnership that allows both parties to do what they do best in a safe enviroment, allow ?'s & failure
  1. By demonstrating curiosity we encourage others to not fear what is new
    1. Standards & Templates can set u free, becomes less about the tech & more about the teaching, helping faculty do what they do best!
  1. "it doesn't just happen" know what u want & then coach 2 get the results, b thoughtful, b purposeful, b great
  1. PowerPointless has morphed into Preziless create Prezi's with purpose


  1. All week long I have been tweeting at - some thoughts on my experience -
    1. I get the feeling Canvas has kicked BB in the rear but they have awakened from their slumber & will now b the superior LMS again
  1. I think the best thing about Canvas is they made BlackBoard respond and get their act together, so thank you Canvas
    1. Just registered for the Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning

     Hope you enjoyed going back through some of the tweet highlights and important thoughts worth remembering. It is worth noting that the 6th annual QM conference will be hosted next year in Baltimore. I know I am looking forward to it, and looking forward to the Sloan Conference coming up. If you cannot make it to Sloan, follow me Nov. 20-22 and I will keep you updated the best I can. Whether you are going or not, participate in the back channel at #aln13

Happy designing and remember Quality beats out Quantity in Online Education!