Educators Share Dynamics of Online Learning during Quality Matters Conference at Berkeley College

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016
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This week, educators and administrators from across the country shared best practices for engaging students in an online learning environment during the Quality Matters (QM) Regional Conference, hosted by Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan. The conference, themed “A Quality State of Mind,” continued this morning with a keynote address by MJ Bishop, EdD, Director of the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation for the University System of Maryland. 

The event featured more than 30 workshop sessions about topics such as blended courses, online course design, and improving the student experience. Dr. Bishop presented “Breaking Free from the Iron Triangle by Rethinking Technology’s Role in Transforming Higher Education,” which focused on whether technology can increase learning outcomes in higher education. 

Berkeley Quality Matters“Quality Matters is aptly named because of the organization’s focus on excellence,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “Berkeley College’s affiliation with QM helps our faculty and academic team gain greater awareness of best practices that can be integrated into our curriculum.” 

Educators and administrators from 24 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada were registered to attend the event. 

“The magic of this event is in the robust discussions about quality and innovation in teaching and learning,” said Deb Adair, Executive Director of Quality Matters. “It has been exciting to see the varied applications of QM and how those innovations in designing engaging and high-quality learning experiences are having an impact on student outcomes.” 

In January 2016, Berkeley College was ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the third consecutive year. The College was one of the first online programs in higher education to receive United States Distance Learning Association/Quality Standards certification for excellence. 

“The rich and diverse group of attendees interacted and shared best practices, research and new techniques in online education to improve quality where it matters most – namely, student learning,” said Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Berkeley College Dean, Online, who served on the Program Committee for the event.

About Quality Matters 

Quality Matters (QM) is an international nonprofit organization that provides the quality standards, professional development, course and program review, and certification for quality assurance in online learning. QM’s 1000+ members include community and technical colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, government agencies, corporations, and other education-related organizations. Email or

About Berkeley College 

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ. 

Berkeley College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the third consecutive year.  The website address

Berkeley College Quality Matters

Photo Captions: Educators and administrators from across the country share best practices for engaging students in an online learning environment during the Quality Matters Regional Conference, hosted by Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.

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