Professional Development

Courses and Workshops

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

Learn the underlying principles behind the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and the critical elements of the QM quality assurance process. Learn about drafting helpful recommendations as you apply the Rubric to an actual course. In addition to learning about the QM Rubric and the course review process, participants will learn to apply the concept of alignment and draft helpful recommendations for course improvement. The APPQMR is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

This workshop is moderated online/asynchronously for two weeks.

Register for the April 17 session to take this online April 17-May 1, 2017.

Register for the June 12 session to take this online June 12-June 26, 2017.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Having It All: How Open Educational Resources Give Faculty and Students What They Want Webinar

This presentation shows how building eLearning courses which are accessible, use open educational resources, universal design principles, Quality Matters standards, and gaming elements can improve student success, satisfaction and retention.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Select a session to register.

Introducing SkillsCommons: Online Library of Free and Open Workforce Training Material Webinar

Discover, the repository for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program ( Explore the vast Open Educational Resources (OER) being produced by 700 community colleges across the United States and how they can be found, reused, revised, retained and redistributed by individuals, institutions, and industry.

Learn how the CC by Creative Commons license on SkillsCommons materials provides opportunities for other institutions, employers and other users to reuse the materials in a variety of ways to create “derivative works” that could better serve the needs of different learners in different contexts with different technologies.

The repository continues to expand as new submissions are being added on a daily basis. So far, over 8,000 submissions have been catalogued in Since the inception of SkillsCommons in July 2014, nearly 300,000 files have been downloaded!

Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Select a session to register.

Maintaining Civility in Higher Education: How to Deal with Controversy on the Contemporary College Campus Webinar

The contemporary college campus is a place where controversial issues should be able to be discussed in a civil manner – where the pursuit of mutual understanding and tolerance should be pursued on a continual basis. Only by challenging assumptions, opinions and beliefs within the confines of an orderly and respectful dialog can students truly arrive at their own unique conclusions about where they stand, and where society should stand, on the pressing issues of our day.

This webinar by expert speaker Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively engage and manage students in productive discussions over controversial issues, including how to maintain a safe and secure environment when conflict arises that has the potential to be volatile. The focus will be both on how to facilitate educationally oriented conversations over virtually any topic and how to effectively intervene when the banter begins to move in a counterproductive direction; i.e., when emotions begin to overtake reason and the environment begins to potentially deteriorate into name-calling, shouting and cursing, or worse.

Session Highlights:

  • How some topics naturally precipitate heightened emotional reactions within students, faculty and staff.
  • Identify the personal biases, prejudices and beliefs that can set the stage for volatile interactions.
  • How to differentiate between ‘productive’ and ‘counterproductive’ dialog and debate and how to recognize and appropriately conceptualize each type of interaction.
  • How to de-escalate a potentially volatile situation before it becomes unmanageable.
  • How to process an incident of uncivil discourse if it occurs so that a potentially adverse encounter can be turned into a ‘teachable moment’ for everyone concerned.

Feel free to bring your lunch.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Select a session to register.

OERs: Small Campus/Big Impact Webinar

This webinar will feature specific and credible data related to adopting and implementing OERs on a small campus. The results are compelling and the methods are clear. Distance delivery will always benefit from the use of OERs and the webinar will demonstrate that what is good for the face-to-face students is good for the distance students. Digital OERs ensure that all students have access to their course materials, anytime, anywhere. OERs provide exciting educational resources. Adopting, embracing and implementing OERs can be exciting and relatively painless for students and faculty.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Select a session to register.

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