Events, Webinars & Conferences



Rubric Update Deadline Extended

If you haven’t completed the Rubric Update yet, we have good news — the deadline to complete the free session is now January 31, 2019. But please note: due to a scheduled upgrade, Moodle will be unavailable from Monday, December 24, 2018, until Sunday, January 7, 2019. After January 31, there will be a fee to complete the Rubric Update Role Reinstatement.

Register for the Rubric Update now. It should take approximately three (3) hours to complete.

Free for Members: Accessibility & Usability Resource Site

Many organizations struggle to make courses accessible for all learners and lack expertise for meeting Standard 8. The QM Community came together and built the Accessibility & Usability Resource Site (AURS) as a go-to resource for addressing key accessibility and usability concerns such as:

Universal Design
Alternative Text
Video captioning
Accessible MS Office products
…And more

Forums allow you to connect directly with accessibility experts — peers who have expertise in designing accessible courses. And videos show you step-by-step changes you can make to increase the accessibility of your course.

Register for Access and help spread the word at your organization about this new resource.

QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition

QM Members with a subscription that includes the Higher Ed. Rubric can now use the new edition to improve courses and conduct reviews.

Find out what’s new by completing the FREE self-paced Rubric Update session, ordering a workbook and accessing the Rubric inside the Course Review Management System (CRMS) when you use the Self-Review tool.

The 2017 CHLOE Report is available!

It’s been 20 years since online learning was first introduced. So, where does it stand today? We teamed up with Eduventures, a leading research and advisory firm focused on higher education, to fill the gap in researching this important topic.

We started with a survey of Chief Online Officers to gauge, among other things, how their institutions are funding, developing programs, conducting quality assurance, making technology investments and managing innovation as online learning becomes mainstream. Results of the survey – The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) – are now publicly available in The 2017 CHLOE Report.

So what trends in the management of online learning did CHLOE find? You’ll want to download and share the full report to see how institutions similar to yours compare. Here are a few highlights from the 51-page study:

  • Course development. Nearly 40% of private nonprofit colleges require faculty to use instructional design support in building their online courses. In contrast, only about 11% of two- and four-year public institutions do so.
  • Pricing. Among public two-year and four-year schools, over 90% of respondents indicated that the price of their online programs is either in line with or higher than conventional programming. Such data suggests that most schools have not made it a priority to use online learning to lower costs.
  • Program Objectives. CHLOE found that the predominant impetus for investment in online learning today is enrollment growth, with other objectives, such as student completion gains and cost reduction, trailing far behind.


Calming the Waves, Navigating a Sea of Reluctance

December 11, 2018: See what Laredo Community College is doing to gain faculty buy-in when tasked with having to design/redesign their online/hybrid courses using the Quality Matters Rubric. Webinar begins at 2:00 p.m. E, 1:00 p.m. CT, 12:00 p.m. MT, 11:00 a.m. PT

The Process Towards QM Program Certification from a Faculty Perspective

January 15, 2019: Join several faculty members from Metropolitan State University of Denver as they share their experiences in working to complete the QM Program Certification process. Learn how they went from being QM novices to zeroing in on completing the QM Program Review Candidacy for Online Program Design. Webinar begins at 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 10:00 a.m. MT, 9:00 a.m. PT

Maximize the 'Mets' - Create a Culture of Quality

February 19, 2019: While a successful QM review is the ultimate goal, there are many ways to embed quality along the way and maximize "met" objectives. A multi-state panel representing several K-12 programs will discuss how QM principles can be included in all aspects of online education. Webinar begins at 3:00 p.m. ET, 2:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT


Learner Success Through Quality Initiatives

April 25 & 26, 2019
Berkeley College, New York, NY

Smaller in size than the annual QM Connect Conference, QM Regional Conferences are usually held in the Spring in partnership with a Member Organization. Content is focused on quality assurance in online learning issues that the host region is or may soon be facing. The intimate setting is ideal for sharing ideas and learning from the challenges and successes of colleagues from a particular region. The two-day conference begins with Pre-Conference Workshops to help get you in a QM state of mind. On the second and final day, you'll attend a plenary Keynote Session and then choose from a variety of sessions — categorized by concentration — to attend. Save the Date — Registration Opens January 7


Gateway to Quality: 10th Annual Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning

Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2018
St. Louis, Missouri

Meet the QM Community in St. Louis this October and open the Gateway to Quality. Discover solutions to your online learning challenges including engagement, accessibility and sustainability with 10 concentrations to choose from. You’ll connect with colleagues from around the world — build your network and exchange ideas to help deliver on your online promise. Participate in the future of online learning. And celebrate the journey — QM Connect is turning 10! Join us to mark 10 years of connecting and sharing, as well as 10 years of growth in online education.