Cool Ed Tech conferences in 2018-19!

Image of yearly calendar of ed tech conferencesSo here it is everyone!  One calendar to show them all – all the hot conferences in education technology that are coming up in the next year starting this summer. If you are curious about one or some that you haven’t been to, reply to this post with your question and we’ll be happy to give a description of what it’s like to attend as many of the folks here at ODEE have experienced many of the listed conferences.

Happy conferencing!

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On the second day of December #QMOSU sent to me:

On the second day of December #QMOSU sent to me, two national conference presentations.

In 2015 I had two opportunities to go to conferences and talk about how Quality Matters is being implemented at The Ohio State University. I did have a poster presentation at the 2015 Innovate Conference hosted by OSU, however these two presentations are full length presentations.

The first presentation was on Monday June 29th at The University of West Georgia’s Distance Learning Administration Conference. The presentation was titled “Making Quality Happen at a Big Ten University.”  This session examined why OSU chose Quality Matters, as well as challenges in implementing quality standards at a large university.

The second presentation was on Tuesday November 3rd at The 7th Annual Quality Matters Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning. The presentation was titled “Not So Lone Stars: Connecting the Global #QMmunity Using Social Media.”  In this session, we described, demonstrated, and discussed ideas to leverage the power of free social media tools to help build and grow Quality Matters at your institution/organization. We also explored a variety of social media outlets and resources and provide examples of how other institutions have used these platforms on the local, state and national levels.

… And a University Quality Matters Coordinator named Timothy.


Contact The Ohio State University Quality Matter Coordinator, Tim Lombardo at lombardo.89@osu.edu to learn more about Quality Matters and learn more how OSU faculty and staff can be compensated for the cost of training through the ODEE Quality Matters Grants. You can also follow the Twitter hashtag #QMOSU to find out what is happening at OSU surrounding QM.

Not So Lone Stars: Connecting the Global #QMmunity Using Social Media

Happy National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) 2015!

On Tuesday November 3rd, I had the opportunity to present at The 7th Annual Quality Matters Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning. The presentation was titled “Not So Lone Stars: Connecting the Global #QMmunity Using Social Media.”

A lack of resources – both funding and peer support – continues to be a barrier for institutions transitioning from traditional classroom structures to online or hybrid forums.  We know that faculty collaboration, both institutionally and nationally, is key to successful delivery change.  How can we use our existing resources to provide scalable and sustainable tools to support faculty with this delivery change?

Since Quality Matters’ inception in 2006, over 56,000 online educators have engaged with the program.  More than 10,000 individuals use the MyQM portal each month.  We know where to find online educators – online.  But how do we connect them to support one another and to share best practices?  One answer is the use of social media.

According to research related to social networking, as of January 2014, 74% of online adults use social networking sites.  How can we as educators take advantage of this population to grow a global community of Quality Matters practitioners?

In this session, we described, demonstrated, and discussed ideas to leverage the power of free social media tools to help build and grow Quality Matters at your institution/organization. We also explored a variety of social media outlets and resources and provide examples of how other institutions have used these platforms on the local, state and national levels.

You can view the video from the presentation as well as download the presentation below!


Contact The Ohio State University Quality Matter Coordinator, Tim Lombardo at lombardo.89@osu.edu to learn more about Quality Matters and learn more how OSU faculty and staff can be compensated for the cost of training through the ODEE Quality Matters Grants.

All Quality Matters related ODEE Distance Education blog posts can be found at the Quality Matters category of the ODEE Distance Education Blog

Slides and Video are posted with permission.
Quality MattersTM © 2008 MarylandOnline, Inc.

DLA 2015 – Making Quality Happen at a Big Ten University

On Monday June 29th, I had the opportunity to present at The University of West Georgia’s Distance Learning Administration Conference. The presentation was titled “Making Quality Happen at a Big Ten University.” This session examined why OSU chose Quality Matters, as well as challenges in implementing quality standards at a large university. You can view or download the presentation below!

Contact The Ohio State University Quality Matter Coordinator, Tim Lombardo at lombardo.89@osu.edu to learn more about Quality Matters and learn more how OSU faculty and staff can be compensated for the cost of training through the ODEE Quality Matters Grants.

All Quality Matters related ODEE Distance Education blog posts can be found at the Quality Matters category of the ODEE Distance Education Blog

Citations

Adapted from the Fifth Edition, 2014 Quality MattersTM Rubric © by The Ohio State University

Quality MattersTM © 2008 MarylandOnline, Inc. Reprinted with permission by Grace Hall. Please contact MarylandOnline, Inc. for information or reprint permission.

Post QM Presentations / Conferences

The week of May 11th, 2015 was a great week for Quality Matters at OSU!

First on May 13th, I had an opportunity to talk at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences’ “Introduction to Online Course Design Workshop”.   I, along with my colleagues Amy Kohmetscher and Valerie Childress from Ohio State ATI, talked with the FAES instructors on the benefits of Quality Matters.

On May 14th, I had a poster presentation at OSU’s Innovate Conference. The poster was titled “Building a QMmunity: A Faculty Perspective of Quality Matters.”  The poster featured a panel of faculty and staff from across the OSU community discussing the Quality Matters program and why this tool is important in distance education courses.  If you missed the opportunity to see, you can view a PDF version of the Poster Presentation and the accompanying handout PDF.

Finally on May 15th, at the Ohio QM Consortium Annual Member Meeting 2015 I had the fortunate opportunity to be the welcome speaker as the Communications Manager for the Ohio QM Consortium.

This was an opportunity for OSU to see what other institutions are doing in Ohio. It was a great networking experience and it great to see how other universities are doing online learning.

Although busy, this week provide a number of great opportunities for networking and dialoguing about QM and what we are doing as the OSU QMmunity!

Contact The Ohio State University Quality Matter Coordinator, Tim Lombardo at lombardo.89@osu.edu to learn more about Quality Matters and learn more how OSU faculty and staff can be compensated for the cost of training through the ODEE Quality Matters Grants.

All Quality Matters related ODEE Distance Education blog posts can be found at the Quality Matters category of the ODEE Distance Education Blog

Citations

Adapted from the Fifth Edition, 2014 Quality MattersTM Rubric © by The Ohio State University

Quality MattersTM © 2008 MarylandOnline, Inc. Reprinted with permission by Grace Hall. Please contact MarylandOnline, Inc. for information or reprint permission.

ODEE QM on the Road

The summer season is upon us and, as Quality Matters continues to grow at The Ohio State University, this is a great time for us to share our success and challenges with others through conferences. There are a number coming up in the next few months across the nation that I will be attending and presenting about our OSU QMmunity!

First on May 14th, I will have a poster presentation at OSU’s Innovate Conference. The poster is titled “Building a QMmunity: A Faculty Perspective of Quality Matters.”  The poster will feature a panel of faculty and staff from across the OSU community discussing the Quality Matters program and why this tool is important in distance education courses.

From June 28 – July 1, 2015 I will also be presenting at the “Distance Learning Conference” through the University of West Georgia. The presentation, entitled “Making Quality Happen at a Big Ten University”, will touch on the rapid expansion of online learning at OSU and our use of Quality Matters as a tool to enhance the caliber of our programs.

Finally, on November 1 – 4, I will be presenting, “Not So Lone Stars: Connecting the Global #QMmunity Using Social Media” at the Quality Matters National Conference, I will be presenting with Julie Henn, who is the Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer at Quality Matters.  In this session, we will be describing, demonstrating, and discussing ideas to leverage the power of free social media tools to help build and grow Quality Matters. We will be exploring a variety of social media outlets and resources and provide examples of how other institutions have used these platforms on the local, state and national levels.

It is sure to be an exciting year of conferences, and I am looking forward to sharing the experiences with you!  If you are attending any of these please stop by and say, “Hello!”

Contact The Ohio State University Quality Matter Coordinator, Tim Lombardo at lombardo.89@osu.edu to learn more about Quality Matters and learn more how OSU faculty and staff can be compensated for the cost of training through the ODEE Quality Matters Grants.

All Quality Matters related ODEE Distance Education blog posts can be found at the Quality Matters category of the ODEE Distance Education Blog

Citations

Adapted from the Fifth Edition, 2014 Quality MattersTM Rubric © by The Ohio State University

Quality MattersTM © 2008 MarylandOnline, Inc. Reprinted with permission by Grace Hall. Please contact MarylandOnline, Inc. for information or reprint permission.

Looking Back – My Reflection on the Quality Matters 6th Annual Conference

I want to take this week’s Quality Matters Monday blog and reflect on my experience at last week’s Quality MattersTM 6th Annual Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning.

If I were to sum up my experience in one word, it would be “Community”.  Who made up the community at the conference?  There were administrators, faculty, researchers, instructional designers, librarians, LMS administrators, educational technologists, educational vendors, and our hosts the QM Staff. Attendees traveled from across the nation to learn from each other. I even ran into one of my former college professors from my graduate program!

While the entire conference was full of valuable insights and ideas that I am excited to utilize at OSU, I would like to share two great examples of community that I experienced directly at the conference.

My first example actually relates to this blog.  Julie Henn, Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer for The Quality Matters Program, has been retweeting this blog for some time now. Last week, we finally had the opportunity to meet in person.  We had a chance to sit down for two hours and had a great conversation about tools on the “My Custom Review” site, features of the QM website and their plans for connecting QM’s data to institutional resources. It was an amazing chance to “talk shop” about QM, as well as future opportunities for collaboration.

Another example of community started the first day of the conference.  While in my hotel room, I received what seemed like a random E-mail. This E-mail came from Sheryl Hansen, a member of the Ohio Board of Regents, the QM Board, and an OSU Alumni. Sheryl is a strong advocate for QM and, with her connection to OSU, a fantastic resource for our university. For example, did you know that The Ohio State University was the first land grant institution to subscribe to Quality Matters?  I found this out from Sheryl at the conference and it reaffirmed what I already knew since the day I started working here: OSU is committed to quality education in both face-to-face courses, as well as online and hybrid curriculum.

The conference provided me with great resources to assist in introducing QM to OSU in Columbus and the regional campuses.  I look forward to presenting these materials with our own OSU flair.

It is my goal to continue the history that OSU has fostered in creating quality courses. I hope that you are interested as well! To start creating this community, or as I am going to call it the “ODEE QMmunity”, I have created an “ODEE QMmunity” Yammer group that anyone can join. Search for “ODEE QMmunity” and you should find the group. I will start with this blog post in the group and am excited to watch the QMmunity grow here at OSU!

The presentations from the Quality Matters 6th Annual Conference are available for download.

Oh yeah, you also can’t forget to have a little fun at a conference!  An O-H-I-O group shot won “Most Creative” selfie (but not really a selfie) at the conference.  However, I cannot take all the credit for the picture. After all, we all know it takes a team to spell O-H-IO!

Contact The Ohio State University Quality Matter Coordinator, Tim Lombardo at lombardo.89@osu.edu to learn more about Quality Matters and learn more how OSU faculty and staff can be compensated for the cost of training through the ODEE Quality Matters Grants.

All Quality Matters related ODEE Distance Education blog posts can be found at the Quality Matters category of the ODEE Distance Education Blog