September 2022

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)

Date: September 15 – 29, 2022
Facilitator: Cheryl Bosarge

Complete this form to request registration information for Improving Your Online Course. Please note: An existing online course will be required for participation. Registrants without an online course may be dropped from the workshop.

The Improving Your Online Course workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own online courses and develop a course improvement plan.

The content is based on the essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online course is required.

This workshop is suitable for faculty, adjunct instructors, and instructional designers who have a course they want to improve. Participants will apply the essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric to their own online course, describe the alignment of at least one module/unit in their course, and prioritize improvements to the course.  Participants will need an online course to improve and 8-10 hours of time per week to spend on achieving the learning objectives. This workshop is facilitated, fully online, and asynchronous, with firm deadlines.


October 2022

Digital Accessibility Series Part I:  Improving the Accessibility of Your Blackboard Course

Date: October 6, 2022, 10-11:30 am
Location: University Hall 1311 or Zoom
Facilitator: Kristin Juhrs

Join accessibility expert Kristin Juhrs in this onsite workshop to learn how to improve the accessibility, usability, and quality of your Blackboard course. In this workshop, you will explore strategies to:

  • Build accessible tests and quizzes.
  • Write prompts that facilitate accessible discussions.
  • Select accessible resources.
  • Identify methods for making Blackboard course content accessible.
  • Identify methods for making Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate accessible.

Register now for Improving the Accessibility of your Blackboard Course.

Thinking Outside of the (In)Box: Improving Engagement with Distance Students via Email

Date: October 18, 2022, 10-11 am
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Chelsea Fancher

Although often only viewed as an administrative task, email communications are a hidden gem for online instructors who are looking for an opportunity to foster student connection and engagement in their courses. The ways in which online instructors reply to a student’s email can help or hinder all other efforts – course preparation, planned interactions, the perfectly crafted welcome message, among others – to develop genuine connections with students. By reframing how email is viewed and responses are crafted, exploring different approaches for responding to students’ questions, and practicing human-first viewpoints in the absence of communication markers or visual cues, online instructors will log off from this virtual workshop with a foundational toolkit for handling email communications with distance students. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Develop a toolkit that can help in responding to student emails, rooted in human-first communication and with the goal of fostering connectedness.
  • Describe the importance of informal and unplanned interactions with students and their impact on student engagement.

Register now for Thinking Outside of the (In)Box.

Designing Your Online Course (DYOC)

Date: October 20 – November 3
Facilitator: Cheryl Bosarge

Complete this form to request registration information for Designing Your Online Course. Please note: This workshop requires a course you plan to develop for delivery online.

The Designing Your Online Course workshop includes an overview of the QM Rubric and provides a framework for participants to design an online course plan. An integral element of the workshop is an exploration of the eight General Standards of the QM Rubric, focusing on learning objectives and overall course alignment.

This workshop is suitable for faculty and instructors who are new to online teaching. Participants will complete a Course Development Plan. The plan includes all of the essential Specific Review Standards (SRS) with a column for how the participant will meet the SRS in their course and what resources they will need. Participants will need a course they plan to develop for online delivery and 8 to 10 hours of time per week to dedicate to the workshop. This workshop is facilitated, fully online, and asynchronous, with firm deadlines.


November 2022

Introduction to Quality Matters (INTRO2QM)

Date: November 1 – 15, 2022
Facilitator: Amanda McDonald

The Introduction to Quality Matters (INTRO2QM) workshop introduces participants to QM’s Quality Assurance System, explores why QM is considered the gold standard in online course quality assurance, and describes the course review process. In addition to learning about QM Rubrics and the types of course reviews, participants will explore how a QM implementation can support a culture of quality. The workshop concludes with the development of a personal plan for continued engagement with Quality Matters.

This two-week workshop is recommended for faculty and administrators who are new to QM. It is facilitated, fully online, and asynchronous, with firm deadlines. It is not a self-paced workshop. You will need to dedicate 3+ hours per week to achieve the learning objectives. Please be sure your schedule will accommodate participation requirements before requesting registration in this workshop.

Complete this form to request registration information for INTRO2QM.

Accessibility Series Part 2: Creating Accessible Media

Date: November 3, 2022, 10-11:30 am
Location: University Hall 1311 or Zoom
Facilitator: Kristin Juhrs

Is your course media accessible? Can it be accessed by students with disabilities? This session covers best practices for making and selecting accessible images, infographics, tables, charts, audio files, videos, Zoom sessions, and Panopto videos.

You will also be introduced to accessibility resources on campus that are here to aid you in creating and identifying accessible media for your courses. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Locate accessibility resources on the UA campus.
  • Identify methods for making accessible media for your courses.

If attending onsite, participants will need to bring a laptop computer pre-loaded with Microsoft Office 365.

Register now for Creating Accessible Media.

Build Your Own Course Trailer with Adobe Rush

Date: November 10, 2022, 10-11:30 am
Location: University Hall 1308 (Computer Lab)
Facilitators: Miranda Webster and Cheryl Bosarge

Do you feel like learner engagement is getting off to a slow start in your online course? Would you like to create a compelling message that grabs your students on day 1? Then a course trailer might be the solution you’re looking for. In this 90-minute hands-on workshop you’ll plan and outline a course trailer, storyboard your content, explore free music and images to use in your trailer, and practice using some of the basic tools in Adobe Rush to produce your video. To get the most out of this workshop, please bring your own device.

Register now for Build Your Own Course Trailer with Adobe Rush.


December 2022

Accessibility Series Part 3: Creating Accessible Documents and Resources

Date: December 1, 2022, 10-11:30 am
Location: University Hall 1311 and Zoom
Facilitator: Kristin Juhrs

Providing accessible documents in your course ensures that all learners are able to use your content and participate in your course on equal footing. In this workshop, you will apply accessibility best practices in authoring and remediating documents and other course resources to provide a digitally accessible experience for all students. In this workshop, you will acquire skills to author and remediate documents for accessibility, including Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel files, PDFs, and journal articles. By the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify methods for authoring accessible documents.
  • Practice strategies for remediating documents and resources to ensure accessibility.

If attending onsite, participants will need to bring a laptop computer pre-loaded with Microsoft Office 365.

Register now for Creating Accessible Documents and Resources.


Ongoing

Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate (TOC)

For funding consideration for the QM Teaching Online Certificate, please complete the Application Form.  A limited number of seats will be available Fall 2022.

The Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate prepares instructors to demonstrate knowledge mastery of online teaching. The rigorous seven-workshop series provides current and potential online instructors with an in-depth student experience as they learn the background knowledge to successfully teach online.

Required workshops include:

  • Gauging Your Technology Skills
  • Evaluating Your Course Design
  • Exploring Your Institution’s Policies
  • Orienting Your Online Learners
  • Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies
  • Creating Presence in Your Online Course
  • Assessing Your Learners

This seven-workshop series requires a total time commitment of 11 weeks and approximately 80-90 hours. Workshops do not have to be scheduled consecutively or taken in a specific order, although QM recommends taking them in the order listed above. The Teaching Online Certificate is awarded by QM upon successful completion of all seven workshops.

UA Online content experts must complete all 7 workshops prior to the start of course development to be eligible for additional compensation.


Recordings

Can’t make it to a scheduled live virtual session? Some of our live virtual events are recorded. Check our On-Demand Resources page for a current listing of recordings. Quality Matters workshops are not recorded.

For Faculty Development and Training Contact:

 Email Cheryl Bosarge

Phone:  (205) 348-4860

For Technical Support Contact:

 Email Technical Support

Phone:  (866) 205-1011