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Improving Your Hybrid/Online Course with Quality Matters

Join us for a faculty led workshop!

Monday, November 6, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Engineering : 102
One in four students take some of their courses online, and two-thirds do so at a public institution (Allen, Seaman, Pouline, & Straut, 2016). In early November, UMBC celebrates the 10th anniversary of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) with a series of lunchtime conversations

Join our faculty panel to learn and discuss the benefits of using Quality Matters (QM) to review your existing hybrid/online courses and develop a course improvement plan. During this session, we will discuss foundational concepts of Quality Matters, the essential standards, and the concept of alignment. 

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
  • Identify key ways to make improvements to  their courses
  • Prioritize QM concepts during redesign
  • Identify campus or external resources that are available in support of these efforts
Panelists Bios:  

Dr. Kate Drabinski is Senior Lecturer in Gender and Women's Studies. She completed the ADP workshop in Winter 2015 and has taught hybrid courses since then in summer and winter session. She is particularly interested in how to bring student-centered learning into the online environment. Kate currently provides feedback to the Blackboard Faculty Advisory group.

Professor Daniel G. Jenkins teaches Philosophy, including fully online and hybrid courses. Before he was a Philosophy instructor he worked in science, and has co-authorships in The Journal of Experimental Medicine and in the Journal of Radiation Research. In 2012, he was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the University of Arizona Summer Institute on Experimental Philosophy. He will spend part of November 2017 as a Visiting Professor at Xi’an University in Xi’an, China.

Dr. Eileen O’Brien teaches several undergraduate courses and the graduate Teaching Fellowship in the Department of Psychology. She was a Course Redesign Fellow in the USM and received the Regent’s Award for Teaching in 2014-2015. Her work in course redesign has been done with several disciplines at UMBC and across the System campuses. She has one online course and three hybrid courses designed and delivered on campus. She is trained in Faculty Learning Communities Facilitation, Quality Matters and Competency Based Education. Eileen currently provides feedback to the Blackboard Faculty Advisory group.

Dr. Neha Raikar is a full-time lecturer in the department of Chemical Engineering at University of Maryland, Baltimore County from 2016. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst and has worked for three years in Unilever Research as a research scientist.Her teaching philosophy is to make learning enjoyable while promoting critical thinking and analysis. Her aim is to develop courses with strong theoretical foundation while providing students with hands-on experience. She is also interested course redesign using novel approaches.

Dr. Karen Watkins-Lewis is a lecturer in the department of psychology (Universities at Shady Grove campus), where she teaches courses in experimental psychology, research methods, child development and aggression. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (with concentrations in Socio-Culture and Education) from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lewis has successfully completed several Faculty Development and Alternative Delivery Program (ADP) training courses, including Skill Builder and Course Designer training workshops.

Lunch will be provided to all registered participants, please click “I Can Attend” below to reserve your seat for this session. Please email instructionaltechnology@umbc.edu and note any dietary restrictions. The deadline to register for this event is Wednesday, November 1.

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