On March 4 a group of 30 faculty and staff gathered in the Ohio 4-H Center on west campus to start the process of improving online courses through Quality Matters. Funded through an eLearning Professional Development Grant from the Digital Scholarship unit of the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE), and supported by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, the AppQMR Workshop allowed those in attendance to explore the Quality Matters Project and its uses in improving design and delivery of online and hybrid courses. Led by Joni Tornwall from the College of Nursing, the six hour workshop prepared participants to use and score courses on the QM Rubric. Participants worked through the QM rubric workbook practicing applying principles of QM and writing recommendations.
The overwhelming interest in the workshop showed the passion of faculty and staff to improve the online experiences they are providing students. This introductory course is the first requirement to become a registered QM Peer Reviewer. Workshop organizers have planned further opportunities for a handful of faculty to continue though the certification process with the help of QM PRC grants available through learning technology. As distance education and hybrid courses become more popular in CFAES and OSU, organizers are excited that as we move forward we are focusing on quality courses for our students by preparing course developers and teachers to use the Quality Matters program.