January 2022

The Dreaded Discussion in Distance Courses: Goals, Objectives, & Engagement

Date: January 28, 2022, 10-11 am
Location: University Hall 1311
Facilitator: Dr. Anneliese Bolland

This workshop is part of the Online Learning Innovation Showcase series.

In this presentation, we will be discussing engaging students in distance courses, particularly through the discussion board, and how experiential learning assignments might complement discussion board assignments. We’ll also be discussing how to engage students through assessment. We’ll be discussing expectations of instructors and students in discussion boards, creating discussion forum prompts, and assessing discussion board assignments.

About your facilitator: Dr. Anneliese Bolland joined the Institute for Communication & Information Research in 2018 and joined the faculty of Communication Studies in 2020. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research and is a licensed social worker and certified health education specialist. Her research is primarily focused on risk and protective factors related to growing up in growing up in communities characterized by poverty and is the current Principal Investigator of the Mobile Youth and Poverty Study. Her research agenda is also focused in pedagogy, particularly in assessment approaches. Finally, she is an evaluator and has experience evaluating a variety of projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate (TOC)

For funding consideration for the QM Teaching Online Certificate, please complete the Application Form.  All participants will be required to complete the program before 7/31/2022.

The Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate prepares instructors to demonstrate knowledge mastery of online teaching. The rigorous seven-workshop series provides current and potential online instructors with an in-depth student experience as they learn the background knowledge to successfully teach online.

Required workshops include:

  • Gauging Your Technology Skills
  • Evaluating Your Course Design
  • Exploring Your Institution’s Policies
  • Orienting Your Online Learners
  • Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies
  • Creating Presence in Your Online Course
  • Assessing Your Learners

This seven-workshop series requires a total time commitment of 11 weeks and approximately 80-90 hours. Workshops do not have to be scheduled consecutively or taken in a specific order, although QM recommends taking them in the order listed above. The Teaching Online Certificate is awarded by QM upon successful completion of all seven workshops.

UA Online content experts must complete all 7 workshops prior to the start of course development to be eligible for additional compensation.

February 2022

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

Date: February 1-15, 2022

Enrollment is now open. Complete this form to request registration information.

The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM’s flagship workshop and is a prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course. It is appropriate for a broad audience, including faculty, adjunct instructors, instructional designers, and administrators. This workshop introduces participants to the underlying principles and critical components of the QM Rubric and guides them through hands-on activities in the application of QM’s specific review standards. Participants will also practice writing helpful recommendations.

The APPQMR workshop is required for anyone wishing to participate in the Higher Ed Peer Reviewer Course from Quality Matters.

This two-week fully online, asynchronous workshop is facilitated and has firm deadlines. It is not a self-paced workshop.  Participants will need to devote 14+ hours per week to achieve the learning objectives. Please be sure your schedule will accommodate participation requirements before requesting registration in this workshop.


Can’t make it to a scheduled live virtual session? All live virtual events are recorded. Check our On-Demand Resources page for a current listing of recordings. Quality Matters workshops are not recorded.

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