Teaching Center staff article on professional development published

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Lorna Kearns,
Director, Next Generation Learning Initiatives

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Rae Mancilla Instructional Designer, Online Programs

The Teaching Center’s own Lorna Kearns and Rae Mancilla were recently published in the American Journal of Distance Education. Their article, entitled “The Impact of Quality Matters Professional Development on Teaching Across Delivery Formats” explores the impact of professional development workshops for online course design on faculty’s pedagogical practices in online, face-to-face (f2f), and blended instructional modes.

Quality Matters (QM) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes continuous quality improvement in online learning. The bedrock of their efforts is a faculty-based peer review process for online and hybrid courses. In addition to overseeing these peer reviews, QM also conducts multiple professional development workshops to teach participants how to use the Quality Matters RubricTM to review and improve online course design. The Rubric includes quality indicators used in the peer review process to promote continuous improvement in online course design. Nearly all individuals who take QM workshops have some involvement with online course design and teaching. Many also teach in blended and face-to-face (f2f) settings. This report describes a research project that investigated how a set of faculty development workshops for online teaching and course design influenced the teaching practices of participants across three modalities: online, f2f, and blended. The project focused on the following research questions:

  1. Do QM professional development workshops have an impact on pedagogical practice in f2f and blended/online teaching modes?

  2. What types of pedagogical changes in their f2f and blended/online teaching practice do instructors report as a result of developing expertise with the QM approach?

Be sure to check out the full article online!

Lorna and Rae created a video summary of their findings, that was presented at the 2016 Quality Matters Annual Conference.

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