MUS QM At MSU-Great Falls

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MUS QM At MSU-Great Falls

  1. 1. Quality Matters and Montana State University – Great Falls COT Peer Review March 11, 2009 Ryan Schrenk
  2. 2. Background – MSU-Great Falls Distance Education <ul><li>DE Dept History </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st course for 5 students offered in Fall of 1997 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WebCT CE 4.1 since 2001 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>D2L starting Summer 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Director of Technology-Facilitated Learning since 2002 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graph of Growth on next page </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Growth of Online at MSU-GF
  4. 4. Integrated System of Support in DE <ul><li>2 staff members/lots of communication needed </li></ul><ul><li>Single Point of Contact is Distance Ed Office </li></ul><ul><li>We are the right answer or one step away at the most </li></ul><ul><li>Director - Faculty and Staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scheduling, hiring, training, supporting, evaluating, business practices, communicating, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Support Coordinator - Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Application, registration, orientation, tech support, book order, bill pay, library, marketing pieces, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Challenges: <ul><li>Tying course evaluation to continuous improvement (Director observation) </li></ul><ul><li>Long-time Faculty wanted people who knew how to teach online giving them feedback (Feedback from Distance Ed Task Force) </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty felt like they were “carrying muskets into battle” (2002) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Distance Education Task Force (DETF) <ul><li>(4) Experienced online faculty from every department </li></ul><ul><li>Advising group for Director </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with faculty in departments </li></ul><ul><li>Meet several times a year when issues arise </li></ul><ul><li>Kept plugged into local/state/national issues in DE </li></ul><ul><li>Group voiced concerns about evaluation process that didn’t add value to online courses </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended exploring peer review options </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is Quality Matters? <ul><li>Quality Matters (QM) – Originally FIPSE Grant http://qualitymatters.org </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2003 - 3-year Grant (link to Grant ) </li></ul><ul><li>Maryland Online, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Link to Underlying Principles of QM </li></ul>
  8. 8. Principles of QM <ul><li>Based on Research (Link to QM Research ) </li></ul><ul><li>Promote student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Formative/continuous improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty-driven, collegial peer review (not eval) </li></ul><ul><li>85% to pass with all required elements met </li></ul><ul><li>50% didn’t meet on initial review </li></ul><ul><li>Meant for “mature” courses </li></ul>
  9. 9. Choices to Make <ul><li>Full Subscriber – Fees plus cost of training and reviews </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Buy/Use QM Materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubric , Brochures, Workbooks, Workshop Materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Standards and Build Your Own System </li></ul>
  10. 10. What MSU-Great Falls Did <ul><li>Visited QM Website, downloaded all material (free at that time) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learned of presentation at ITC’s eLearning 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attended QM Session in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Brought idea back to Distance Ed Task Force </li></ul><ul><li>No Money to Complete Training </li></ul><ul><li>Agreed to pursue in coming year(s) </li></ul>
  11. 11. OTO $ From OCHE <ul><li>One time money + newly hired Instructional Designer = opportunity to pursue QM </li></ul><ul><li>Sent DETF member to QM training 2007 ($300) </li></ul><ul><li>Set up one course for QM review ($1000) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Attended eLearning 2008 <ul><li>3 sessions on quality course design models </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons Learned </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too costly for full implement ($1000/course plus training $ + lots of time for whole process) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>QM stamp – what about good courses w/o it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>QM stamp – what happens when you don’t get back to it for a few years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how to guarantee continuous improvement </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Lessons Continued <ul><li>2-3 Staff is not enough </li></ul><ul><li>Takes peers to make it work </li></ul><ul><li>Takes work to make it collegial </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrid models abound </li></ul><ul><li>People are willing to share </li></ul><ul><li>QM is not the only effort out there, but it’s good </li></ul>
  14. 14. What We Did <ul><li>Brought back a combination of Schoolcraft College and others with modified QM </li></ul><ul><li>Created Instructor Resource Site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty Timeline/Checklist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Design Guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Checklist of Guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Instructor Instructions </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. What We Did <ul><li>Piloted our own process with DETF on 2 classes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 reviewers for each course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modified Documents Based upon “hard to score” guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Began setting structure for 2009 Peer Review Process </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. What’s Changed Since Then… <ul><li>Lost Instructional Designer </li></ul><ul><li>Adopted new LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Use documents - new and redesign of courses </li></ul><ul><li>No Peer Review Process Implemented (Yet) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Wrapping Up/Q & A <ul><li>Explore sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://distance.msugf.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://qualitymatters.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.oln.org/ILT/coursecheck/coursecheck.php </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://lpc1.clpccd.cc.ca.us/lpc/blackboard/best_practices/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.westga.edu/~distance/roblyer32.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://mus.edu/online/CorePrinciples0308.asp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://uvsc.edu/disted/cheat/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://learningfield.org/cheat/ </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Contact Information <ul><li>Ryan Schrenk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director of Technology-Facilitated Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>406-771-4444 </li></ul></ul>

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