Instruction By Design: QM Connect Conference

Instruction by Design Podcast

In this episode, Academic Innovation’s Steven Crawford is joined by Eddie Andreo from Cowley College (KS) to discuss their experiences at the Quality Matters’ 2017 QM Connect Conference. We discussed the various takeaways we gained at the conference as it applies to teaching and learning. The conversation also includes trends that we are seeing at the conference at what it means for the future of education. Continue reading

How Important Is Instructor Presence in an Online Course?

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Creating an Educational Experience

The ability to establish presence is closely connected to the ability of the instructor to create a sense of community among learners in an online course. (Palloff & Pratt, The Excellent Online Instructor, 2011)

Research has long pointed to engagement as a key predictor of student success (Pascarella & Terenzini (2005), Kuh, (2005) CITE). Fortunately, new online learning environments and tools (see ASU Online Digital Learning Platform) provide a variety of opportunities for students to engage not only with course content, but during student-student and student-interaction as well. (Swan, 2004) Continue reading

Quality Matters Overview

Arizona State University is committed to implement the Quality Matters standards for the design of online courses, and we are systematically building and evaluating our courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. The Quality Matters standards assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners.

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