Another Quality Matters Training Opportunity

Lakeland Community College has slots open for two scheduled Applying the Quality Matters Rubric trainings.  They are:

  • Friday, April 10 from 12PM – 6:30 PM and
  • Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Find more information in this flyer:  The training is FREE to Tri-C faculty.  If you register, please contact me at Sasha.Thackaberry at and I’ll be sure to hold a QM Rubric Workbook for you.  This training is also service credit eligible for full-time faculty and stipend eligible for adjunct faculty.  Please email me for more info.

Thanks!  – Sasha

Instructional Technology Mini Grant


Check out the instructional technology mini grant program for Tri-C faculty!

Originally posted on Faculty Central:

announcementThe call for proposals for the Instructional Mini Grants is out! These grants offer full time faculty and program managers the opportunity to develop teaching and learning projects using instructional technology to motivate and increase student learning. For more details, refer to the call and application.

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Quality Matters APPQMR at Baldwin Wallace

Quality Matters LogoOur friends at Baldwin Wallace are having an APPQMR Workshop on Monday, April 6.  This workshop is FREE to Tri-C faculty.  Please find details below and here in this printable.  You can register directly with Balwin Wallace below.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) Workshop

DATE: Monday, April 6, 2015

TIME: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (class begins at 9:00 AM)

LOCATION: Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, OH (15 miles southwest of Cleveland)

Kamm Hall, Room 139 (Computer Lab)

Directions to Kamm Hall:


This workshop explores the QM Project and Processes and prepares you to be part of an initiative that positively impacts the design of online/blended courses and ultimately, learning and success for the learner. QM is designed to improve the quality of online/blended courses by establishing a peer-reviewed quality assurance review process. You will become familiar with QM standards and participate in a practice peer course review of an online course using the review tools.

Participants in this hands-on workshop can be:

Online/blended instructors  •  Faculty members  •  Instructional designers  •  Course representatives


Get Involved with QM – APPQMR Training and Course Submission

You are invited to participate in Quality Matters at Tri-C. There are two different opportunities:

  1. Submit your course for QM certification. We still have a few slots left for certification for this year. Contact Sasha at
  2. Join us for a FREE, day-long training – Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR).

Both opportunities offer a great way to get involved in Quality Matters. They either showcase your existing course or allow you to learn new skills to further develop
your online and blended courses.

The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric is Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Metro Campus in TLC 153. This professional development opportunity is eligible for two (2) service credits, or one (1)  workshop credit for the adjunct stipend. Lunch is provided. Register here.

What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning. The program features:

  • Faculty-centered, continuous improvement models for assuring the quality of online courses through peer review.
  • Professional development workshops and certification courses for instructors and online learning professionals.
  • Rubrics for applying quality standards to course design.

With thanks,

Sasha (contact me at Sasha.Thackaberry at if you’re interested in sending a course through the review process)

Open Education Week

What have you been up to for Open Education Week?  Or even “What is Open Education”?

Open Educational Resources, or OER, are free, openly licensed resources that anyone can use to learn for free.  The vast majority of the time you can also “rip, remix and burn” them – in other words, pull them down from online, make changes,and republish them with citation.  OER is in alignment with the mission of access of community colleges, and its use is expanding geometrically within the field!

Check out this great, short video that explains the basic concept:

Are you on Twitter?  A Twitter event has been going on for OER, a non-stop, 24 hour online discussion! Use #AllAboutOpen to check it out:) #OpenEducationWk

Also, check out the Open Educational Resources page on this site:

LMS Decision SOON!

What has been going on with the LMS Review?  Great question!  We are currently in the sandboxing process.  That means the nearly 40 member Taskforce and an additional 24 faculty are in all three potential systems, trying out features, interacting in courses, and testing.  These three systems are Blackboard, Canvas and D2L/Brightspace.

What’s next?  On Thursday, February 26th the Taskforce will make a recommendation for a system.  That recommendation will then proceed through the internal committee process for funding – the Technology Governance Steering Committee is involved, then a Board committee, and finally it will be presented for Board approval in the March 26th meeting.

Questions?  Contact your campus faculty communication contact:

  • West – Professor John Kerezy
  • Westshore – Professor Matt Piero
  • Metro – Professor Pat Stansberry
  • East – Professor Angela Mensah

All meeting minutes and info is posted on this blog.  Click on the LMS Review tab in the upper right-hand corner, or hover over it to see the subpages.

Thanks! – Sasha

Over 70% of CAOs Say Online Learning is Critical to Their Long-Term Strategy

The new Babson Study – Tracking Online Education in the United States, indicates that over 70% of Chief Academic Officers say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy.  Even more, 74.1%, rated learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to face-to-face courses.

Online is still growing at a much greater rate than face-to-face college enrollments.  There was a 3.7% increase in the number of distance education students, which accounts for almost 75% of all enrollment growth in higher education in the US.  That includes in the average a 7.9% decrease in online enrollments at for profit colleges.  At public colleges, the percentage of growth is even higher – 4.6%.

What concerns remain?  Only 28% of academic leaders believe that their faculty accept the “value and legitimacy” of online education.

Retention and success metrics remain a persistent challenge, though many studies including the US DOE’s own research, has concluded that online courses are as effective as face-to-face courses.  Community College students face specific challenges in online courses, with retention rates lower across the board.

Tri-C students who take one or more online course graduate in greater percentages than those who do not, a trend that has been widening over the past few years.

Find the full Babson report here:

Find the accompanying infographic here:

Are Your Students Ready for Online – Take This Survey!

Are you a faculty member at Tri-C?  We want to hear from you about your needs regarding preparing students for success in online and blended classes.  Take this SHORT, 9 minute survey to help us help your students before 11:59 PM on Monday, February 9!

This survey asks if you feel your students are prepared to take online and blended courses, if you would like an optional assessment that you could use in your Blackboard class, and if you feel that short, self-graded lessons on success skills for online learning would be helpful to prepare students.

We will be using these results to plan for new resources for student success online, so we want to hear from you!  30% of Tri-C’s FTE comes from online and blended classes, and over 2/3 of all Tri-C students are in Blackboard every semester, so student preparation for learning in a digital world is crucial for retention and graduation!

We want to hear from you! – Sasha


Quality Matters and Instructional Design

Interested in learning more about online/blended instructional design?  Want to get more involved in Quality Matters at Tri-C?  Check out our two new pages:

Instructional design is a critical part of a quality learning experience in an online or blended learning environment.  On the instructional design page, find links to the Faculty Instructional Design Toolkit, sample rubrics, and more!  On the Quality Matters page, learn about QM at Tri-C.  We’ll be having an “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” workshop later this spring, so stay tuned!

Are you a QM certified faculty member who would like to have their course reviewed this Spring?  Contact Sasha Thackaberry at, and we’ll get that started!


What’s New In Blackboard SP14!

We are now running Service Pack 14 on Blackboard Learn.  Here are some of the new features that are available to faculty and students.

  • Faculty and Students can view Course Messages notifications on the Update page of the Global navigation menu, or via email. Use this link to view and modify your Notifications settings.course messages recieved
  • Faculty can adjust the uppermost value on Grading Schema. schema_mapping                             and,
  • Students can re-order items in My Grades and sort the display by due date and last activity.                             my_grades_sp14

Have questions?  Drop us an email at and we will be happy to answer your question.

We are working on improved Blackboard mobile functionality so watch the blog for more updates!


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