What is Digital Flagship? (webinar recording)

Last week we were excited to host Cory Tressler from ODEE for a webinar discussion about Digital Flagship.  He explained what it is and how it will impact the university and paused for Q/A throughout.  If you were unable to attend the webinar live, below is a link to the webinar recording.  (Please pardon the abrupt start of the recording as the preliminary introductions were inadvertently cut off.)

If you have any questions about Digital Flagship, please email digitalflagship@osu.edu.

Webinar recording: http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p85i2euixuw/

OSU Faculty and Staff Registration Reminders

OSU Faculty and Staff Registration Reminders

  • As a reminder, you will need to input an eRequest for payment of workshop fees ($25) before you register for the classes to be in compliance with OSU policy and to avoid the after the fact policy violation.
  • We ask that all QM workshop participants and grant applicants start an eRequest for the cost of the workshops. This will get them pre-approval that they will need for taking the workshops and avoids any “after the fact” violations. Once the participant has the approval they sign up for the workshop.When ODEE runs the Quality Matters workshops, the only method of payment possible is to invoice the institution. The eRequest is in a holding pattern until after the workshop since you are not paying ODEE, you are paying QM. After the completion of the workshop, I get the invoices for the participants and will be forwarded to them. It is their responsibility to make certain that the invoice is paid. At that point, it can be paid with the Pcard.
  • Cancellation Policy
    • If an individual registers for the workshop and does not follow the proper cancellation procedures, that individual or his or her unit or department will be responsible for paying the registration fee.
  • I am certified to facilitate the Quality Matters (QM) workshop, however we use QM’s resources to run the workshop since that is the only way QM allows any university to run the APPQMR online using a university certified facilitator.  Since we use QM resources, we still need to pay a fee.
  • We ask that workshop participants start an eRequest for the cost of the workshops.  This will get participants pre-approval that they will need for taking the workshops and avoids any “after the fact” violations.  Once the participant has the approval participants sign up for the workshop.
    • At this point the eRequest is in a holding pattern until after the workshop since participants are not paying ODEE, participants are paying QM.
  • After the completion of the workshop I get the invoices for the participants.  It is participants responsibility to make certain it is in the eRequest to get paid.
  • QM takes Pcard.

Happy Labor Day 2015

If you were not aware, September is Accessibility Month. Quality Matters has at least 5 standards that addresses accessibility and Universal design. For example, General Standard 8 is solely dedicated to Accessibility and Usability in the course design.

During this month ODEE and OCIO will be hosting an Accessibility Roadshow. As part of this roadshow, you will get suggestions for integrating principles of accessibility into current procedures. You can find more information about the Roadshow from the Distance Education Blog post.

It is amazing the little changes you can make to your course to make it more accessible and universally designed. Below is a list of blog post with QM and ODEE Resources on Accessibility and Universal Design that you may find helpful.

ODEE QM Blog Posts

Standard: 7.2 Course instructions articulate or link to the institution’s accessibility policies and services.

http://u.osu.edu/qualitymatters/2015/02/23/standards-for-design-part-37-accessibility-policies/

Standard: 8.1 Course navigation facilitates ease of use.

http://u.osu.edu/qualitymatters/2015/03/16/standards-for-design-part-40-course-navigation/

Standard: 8.2 Information is provided about the accessibility of all technologies required in the course.

http://u.osu.edu/qualitymatters/2015/03/23/standards-for-design-part-41-accessibility-information-of-all-technologies/

Standard: 8.3 The course provides alternative means of access to course materials in formats that meet the needs of diverse learners.

http://u.osu.edu/qualitymatters/2015/03/30/standards-for-design-part-42-alternative-means-of-access-to-course-materials/

Standard: 8.4 The course design facilitates readability.

http://u.osu.edu/qualitymatters/2015/04/06/standards-for-design-part-43-readability-in-the-course-design/

Standard: 8.5 Course multimedia facilitate ease of use.

http://u.osu.edu/qualitymatters/2015/04/13/standards-for-design-part-44-requirements-for-learner-interaction/

ODEE Resources

ODEE Center for Universal Design and Accessibility Blog – http://u.osu.edu/universaldesign/

Accessibility Resources – http://resourcecenter.odee.osu.edu/accessibility

Have a great Labor Day!

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.

It was a hot Summer for Quality Matters!

OSU and Quality Matters

Photo courtesy of the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at Ohio State

Happy Labor Day QM’ers!  With Labor Day representing the unofficial end to the summer season, I would like to take today to reflect on the great things that happened during the Summer of 2014 with Quality Matters.  I also want to give you a preview of the great things that are coming down the line with QM at OSU.

Grants

The ODEE Quality Matters grants program had a huge boost this summer with a significant increase in both applicants and recipients in comparison to summer 2013. As our Quality Matters community grows at Ohio State, more people will receive these grants, become certified in QM and help Ohio State set best practices for higher education both on-campus and online.

Professional Development

August 19 Face-to-Face APPQMR

August 19 Face-to-Face APPQMR. Photo courtesy of the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at Ohio State

On August 19, The Office of Distance Education and eLearning, in conjunction with Kathy Rider from CETE, hosted a face-to-face Applying the Quality Matters Rubric on campus.  We had a great turnout with a 28 people in attendance.  We were happy to have the workshop facilitated by the Joni Tornwall, who is the Manager of Instructional Services The Ohio State University College of Nursing.  This workshop explored the Quality Matters Project and Processes. As part of the QM initiative, the workshop prepared attendees to positively impact the design of online/blended courses, ultimately leading to student learning and success.

Course Reviews

On August 13th, 2014 Carolyn Schubert’s “NP 8480 Quality Improvement in Doctoral Nursing Practice” was recognized by Quality Matters as meeting standards.  This course now joins the 5 other courses recognized by QM here at OSU.

In addition, on August 31st the Pre-Review Conference call took place for Rachel Henry’s DHY 6100 Dental Hygiene Educational Theory and Methods course.  This is the first part of the official review and we are looking forward to adding Rachel’s course among the growing list of QM Peer-reviewed and recognized courses.

Rubric Changes

Quality Matters Workbook

Quality Matters Workbook. Photo courtesy of the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at Ohio State

As of August 1st, 2014 Quality Matters released the Fifth Edition, 2014 Quality MattersTM Higher Education Rubric.  In this release of the HE Rubric, they added a couple new standards, changed some point values and the idea of competency based learning.

As a reminder, all QM Peer and Master Reviewers must successfully complete the online, self-paced Rubric Update by November 30, 2014 to maintain their Peer and Master Reviewer eligibility.

http://u.osu.edu/qualitymatters/2014/06/06/new-requirements-for-peer-reviewers-action-required/

The future of QM at OSU

It has been fantastic seeing the interest in QM grow at OSU over the past. With this increased interest, we are working to create our long term game plan.  Over the next couple weeks I will be finalizing a four-year strategic plan on how we can grow Quality Matters on campus. I am very excited for this plan and all of the tools and resources it will help provide to the campus community, including informal workshop sessions, webinars and an online version of the APPQMR.  I look forward to working with the campus community as we all grow QM here at OSU!

Have a great Labor Day!

Timothy Lombardo
OSU Quality Matters Coordinator

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

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

Photos courtesy of the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at Ohio State

The Quality Matters Fifth Edition, 2014 Rubric is now available

On August 1, 2014 Quality Matters released their Fifth Edition for the Quality Matters Rubric.

In conjunction with this new rubric, Quality Matters has created a training called The Rubric Update.  The Rubric Update is designed to inform and prepare current Peer Reviewers who are familiar with the 2011-13 Edition of the QM Rubric for the changes to the 5th Edition, 2014 Rubric. All subscribers who use the QM Rubric are encouraged to complete the training course.

As a reminder, all QM Peer and Master Reviewers must successfully complete the online, self-paced Rubric Update by November 30, 2014 to maintain their Peer and Master Reviewer eligibility.

http://u.osu.edu/qualitymatters/2014/06/06/new-requirements-for-peer-reviewers-action-required/

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

New Requirements for Peer Reviewers – Action Required

Hello Everyone,

If you did not receive an E-mail from Quality Matters about the New Requirements for Peer Reviewers, please see the information from Quality Matters below:


The Quality MattersTM Higher Education Rubric 5th Edition, 2014 will be released August 1, 2014. All QM Peer Reviewers must successfully complete the online, self-paced Rubric Update by November 30, 2014 to maintain their Peer Reviewer eligibility. The Rubric Update is designed to inform and prepare current Peer Reviewers who are familiar with the 2011-13 Edition of the QM Rubric for the changes to the 5th Edition, 2014 Rubric. All subscribers who use the QM Rubric are encouraged to complete the Rubric Update.

The Rubric Update is free for subscribers, online, and self-paced. We expect the Rubric Update will take about 2-4 hours to complete, depending on the extent of changes to the Rubric and participants’ familiarity with current QM standards.

  • Any Peer Reviewer who does not successfully complete the required Rubric Update by November 30, 2014 will be required to reapply to become a peer reviewer and will need to meet current requirements of the role, including but not limited to, additional professional development.
  • Effective July 1, 2014, Peer Reviewers will also be required to hold and maintain a QM subscription by affiliating with an active, subscribing institution/organization or by purchasing an individual QM subscription.
  • In addition to the Rubric Update, all reviewers are required to update their information provided on the online Peer Reviewer Application/Memo of Understanding (in MyQM).

Beginning today, Peer Reviewers who have not updated their Role Applications within the past year will need to do so in order to access the QM Course Review Management System. (Master Reviewers will also be asked to complete a new role-specific application in the near future.)

Upon login to MyQM (https://www.qmprogram.org/myqm), you will be prompted with the following message:
“You currently have 1 Suspended Role Application requiring attention. Select an application below to edit / resubmit.”

Below the message is a link to the application.
Higher Education Peer Reviewer Application

  • Selecting the link will open the current application for editing. You will need to review the information, correcting any entries where needed.
  • At the bottom of the page, you will need to indicate agreement with the terms of the Memo of Understanding by selecting the Yes radio button and selecting the Update Application button.
  • The role application will be automatically validated and access to the Course Review Management System will immediately be restored.

Please complete Steps 1 through 3 below:

  1. Login to your MyQM account to complete the following:
    1. Username is your email address on file with QM.
    2. Use the Forgot Password link if you do not have your password. The password reminder is mailed immediately (Check your spam and/or junk folder if email is not received. If your password does not work for any reason, please use the “Need Help?” link in the blue toolbar, located below the QM Logo).
  2. Update Peer Reviewer Discipline Information:
    1. Log in to MyQM (http://www.qmprogram.org/myqm)
    2. Select the “Higher Education” tab
    3. Select the “My Tools” menu
    4. Select the Edit Role Applications link

Ensure the Expertise area marked is the area in which you teach online or the area in which you hold a degree.

Example: “Humanities”
Discipline areas: Example: “History”
Discipline Notes: this section is used for specific discipline areas
and/or actual course names you are teaching: Example: “US History,
World History, History of Western Civilization”
Please be as specific as possible in the “Discipline Notes” section. Most searches for reviewers are completed using this section.

    1. Review and update the rest of the fields as needed
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select the Yes radio button and select the Update Application button.
  1. Register for the free, online, self-paced Rubric Update:
    1. Log in to MyQM (https://www.qmprogram.org/myqm)
    2. Select the Higher Education tab
    3. Choose the “Workshop – Register” menu item from the left-hand navigation menu
    4. Select the link, Register for Rubric Update.
    5. You will receive an email with instructions on accessing the course.
    6. Course access will be available on July 1, 2014.
    7. The QM Online Classroom is located at
      https://moodle.qmprogram.org. Your MyQM username and password also
      allow you to access the QM Online Classroom. The logins are the same
      for both sites.

Quality Matters Security Notice – Important!

Hello Everyone,

If you did not receive an E-mail from Quality Matters about the Heartbleed security flaw, please see the information from Quality Matters below:


Good afternoon:

By now, many of you have read about Heartbleed – the website security flaw affecting most of the Web.

All QM sites have been patched. However, we are taking the following precautionary actions to further protect all user accounts and data.

Beginning tomorrow, when logging in to all QM sites (website, MyQM, QM Classroom), users will be prompted to:

1) Check their email for a message from QM and browse to a link in the email to confirm their identity;

2) Change their password on this page.

The same credentials used for MyQM and the QM website will be used to access the QM Online Classroom.

Anyone needing assistance logging in should contact QM Technical Support by using the Need Help? link at the top of each site page.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Julie

Julie C. Henn
Director of Technology
Chief Information Officer
The Quality Matters Program
1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway, #300
Annapolis, MD 21401