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Quality Matters Training Opportunities

In person or fully online via our sister USM institutions

September 20, 2019 1:14 PM

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to improve online and blended course quality to benefit online learners. The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online and hybrid courses.

The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) 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. It is particularly helpful to those new to QM or those considering the adoption of a quality assurance process for online and blended learning. The APPQMR is also the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is required to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

Both face-to-face and online training opportunities are available to UMBC faculty from our sister USM institutions, Towson University, Salisbury University, and Frostburg University.

Face to Face Option - Towson University

Two hands-on Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshops are available:

  • Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019

All workshops are held in the Cook Library, Room 404B from 9 AM – 4:30 PM. The cost of the workshop will be $30 (plus parking) and will include a continental breakfast and lunch along with a Quality Matters booklet and other course materials. 

  • Register online at Towson's Office of Academic Innovation website. Select the "USM Only - Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop (APPQMR)"
  • Towson representatives will email payment information and directions. Contact the Office of Academic Innovation via email if you have questions.
  • Attendees must be present for the entire day to receive credit for the APPQMR certificate. 

Parking is available on campus in the Towsontown Garage for $12 for the entire day. The individual participant is responsible for his/her own parking fee.

Online Option - Salisbury University & Frostburg University

Salisbury University & Frostburg University invite USM faculty and staff to join a 2- week, facilitated online Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop. Participants need approximately 7-8 hours per week to complete this workshop. Four sessions are scheduled:

  • October 8-22, 2019
  • November 12-26, 2019
  • February 11-25, 2020
  • July 7-21, 2020

The cost associated with the dedicated online APPQMR is $25. To register for the workshop, open an RT ticket with the individual’s name and department. A charge back to the department will occur for each instructor who signs up for the workshop.

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