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 email@example.com 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