In the world of QM, one of the essential standards (8.2) reads, “Information is provided about the accessibility of all technologies required in the course. “
As you prepare your online or hybrid course, are you linking to the privacy and accessibility statements for the tools used in your course? If not, this announcement is for you! If so, this announcement is also for you!
Your QM@YC team (that’s me!) has built a web page for all of us to include in our Start Here module that satisfies this standard. (https://www.yc.edu/v5content/teaching-and-elearning-support/faculty/Accessibility.htm )
Please take a quick look to see if the tools you use in your online or hybrid class are listed. If not, please send me those links and I will be happy to add them to this web page. Feel free to link to this page from your online or hybrid course: it was designed with all of us in mind.
Questions? Please contact me at Lindsay.Henning@yc.edu.
Thanks for contributing to our shared success!
QM@YC is excited to announce that the first courses have been submitted by our faculty for Quality Matters Certification!
Quality Matters (QM) is a process by which professors can assess the design of their online or hybrid courses to meet a level of excellence that is rooted in educational research and proven student (and teacher!) success.
QM is a robust assessment of course structure; it focuses on the design of online/hybrid course environments as opposed to assessing instructional content. Each online class earns its own certification. The QM certification follows the course- not the instructor. In other words, if one instructor has a class that earns its certification, that course could be shared with another instructor and is still QM certified unless the new teacher makes significant changes to the design of the course.
At Yavapai College, QM is the only process named as being part of the improvement efforts YC is conducting. QM was just approved as an assessment tool by our Faculty Senate. Most of our full-time and many of our part-time faculty have been trained in QM’s Standards and have been applying them to their courses.
When these courses become certified, the submitting faculty will be hosting refreshments at their upcoming department or division meeting, courtesy of the folks at QM@YC! Be sure to congratulate the faculty on their hard work if this happens for your department!
If you have any questions about how to get involved, please contact Lindsay Henning; I am looking forward to hearing from you!