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Readel Leads "Quality Matters" Online Workshop, Nov. 6-20

For UMBC Faculty Who Want to Enhance Online/Hybrid Courses

October 9, 2013 11:14 AM
She’s baaack! Karin Readel, UMBC’s former director of instructional technology, will lead a Quality Matters (QM) online workshop from November 6 to 20. UMBC has an institutional membership with QM, which developed a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to assess and enhance the quality of online and blended course design (not instructor delivery). QM is a recognized 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.

Readel, who is a certified QM trainer designated to the University System of Maryland (USM), will lead the "Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)” workshop, QM's flagship workshop to review and certify online course design quality. The November workshop is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review. The APPQMR is the pre-requisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

UMBC full and part-time faculty have the opportunity to sign up for this APPQMR workshop.  The workshop is completely online and is scheduled for November 6 - 20, 2013.   Participants should expect to spend about 8 -10 hours per week in this workshop to successfully complete it.

The cost to faculty is only $25 per person (vs. the usual cost of $200 for faculty at member institutions). UMBC full or part-time faculty will be covered by DoIT, if you register with a UMBC email address. This workshop has only 20 seats, and registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. So, please don't wait!

To register:
  1. Log in to  (you will need to create your account if you don't already have one; if you do, please make sure you use your UMBC email address).
  2. Choose "Workshop- Register" and then "Dedicated Training"
  3. Navigate to Nov. 6 on the calendar to locate the course, and complete the registration.
Also, if you have any questions about QM or the online workshop, Readel will be hosting a QM “Information Session” on Wednesday, October 23, at 1 p.m. via Blackboard Collaborate at, which will also be recorded. DoIT will also host a “joint viewing” of Karin’s QM information session in ENGR 023. Alternately, you can contact Karin at

NOTE: While DoIT is pleased to partner with Karin on the QM workshop, she is no longer handling day-to-day instructional technology support, including Blackboard. If you need help, please consult the FAQs or submit an RT (Request Tracker) ticket via the myUMBC help menu or directly at
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