More Than a Metric: Quality Matters Regional Conference Promotes Dialogue for Improving Student Outcomes

 

 
 

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MORE THAN A METRIC: QUALITY MATTERS REGIONAL CONFERENCE PROMOTES DIALOGUE FOR IMPROVING STUDENT OUTCOMES

Quality Matters Hosts Regional Conference on Quality Assurance
in Education at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan

 

Photo Caption A: (Left to right) Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Berkeley College Online; Deb Adair, PhD, Executive Director, Quality Matters; A. Ellie Fogarty, EdD, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education; Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College; and Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online®, start the second day of Quality Matters’ Regional Conference on Quality Assurance in Education, held on April 21, 2017 at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.

Seventy-five institutions from 24 states, including Washington, D.C., and four countries were represented at the Regional Conference of Quality Matters held at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan April 20-21, 2017.  Leaders from the field of higher education gathered to discuss how to ensure quality standards in online education courses and programs as well as meet the requirements of accreditation. Participants enrolled in more than 30 workshops and discussions during the conference.

“We must communicate the quality story … Let’s share the best practices … that is, moving the needle of learners’ success,” said A. Ellie Fogarty, EdD, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, during her keynote presentation.

Dr. Fogarty acknowledged the scrutiny all agencies and educators receive on statistics, but encouraged instructors to not let this prevent them from providing quality courses to the students.

“Metrics are crowding out mission and peer review,” she said. “We do not want anyone judged by just two numbers – student debt and graduation rates; we need to reflect the reality of the new traditional student.”

Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, reminded the audience that real people and their lives represent the numbers. “The industry of higher education puts a lot of pressure on how institutions are measured,” said President Smith. “We must remember, though, that behind each percent of a metric is not just a student, but also her or his family.”

 

Photo Caption B: A. Ellie Fogarty, EdD, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, delivers the keynote presentation during the Quality Matters Regional Conference on Quality Assurance in Education, held on April 21, 2017 at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.

Berkeley College faculty and academic support professionals in instructional design and library services presented at four of the sessions.

Barbara Monaghan, Associate Chair, Online, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, and Roseann Torsiello, EdD, Chair, Online, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, presented “Align to Design.” This session gave tips about how to design a course using certain Quality Matters Standards. The two reported that the process took many months of research, redesign and revision for an advanced writing course they worked on together.

“Look into using a template like Short Keys for things that you say over and over again,” suggested Dr. Torsiello. “Also keep in mind if you are creating an online course that will be delivered by others or using other formats, so you are aware of the level of technology required,” she said.

“When I was working with the information, trying to keep it all organized,” said Ms. Monaghan, “a colleague saw how frustrated I was becoming. ‘You need a learning outcome matrix,’” said her colleague.  After starting to use the matrix, the process went smoothly.

 Photo Caption C:  Barbara Monaghan, Associate Chair, Online, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts (right), and Roseann Torsiello, EdD, Chair, Online, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts (left), present “Align to Design,” a session that gave tips about how to design a course using certain Quality Matters Standards during the Quality Matters Regional Conference on Quality Assurance in Education, held on April 21, 2017 at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.

The presentation titled “Strategies for Embedding Academic Support Resources in Online Courses,” by Chris Grevesen, PhD, Dean, School of Graduate Studies; Patricia Cowan, English, School of Liberal Arts, and Writing Consultant; Julie Hunter, Research Librarian, Library Services; and Charles Lamont Eddins, Instructional Designer, Online Faculty Support Team; all of Berkeley College, shared each of the collaborators’ insights and perspectives in the process of preparing a unique seven-week practicum course for the Berkeley College online MBA in Management program. The online practicum course allows the graduate student to work one-on-one with a faculty member to link theories to a workplace scenario.

“Redundancy about accessing the academic support services is critical,” Mr. Eddins said.

“The more the faculty member shows the value of interacting with academic support services, the more likely the student is to participate and use the service,” Ms. Hunter said. “If a grade is assigned to its use, the students also tend to use the academic support services more,” she added.

In addition to making the resources easily accessible, and bringing a variety of access points to the student’s attention regularly, Ms. Hunter and Ms. Cowan each run a week-long discussion board.  The idea is to have each of the support professionals develop a relationship that is as reliable, trustworthy and productive as is the student’s relationship with the faculty member.

Photo Caption D: (Left to right) Patricia Cowan, English, School of Liberal Arts, and Writing Consultant; Chris Grevesen, PhD, Dean, School of Graduate Studies; Charles Lamont Eddins, Instructional Designer, Online Faculty Support Team; and Julie Hunter, Research Librarian, Library Services; all of Berkeley College, presented “Strategies for Embedding Academic Support Resources in Online Courses,” during the Quality Matters Regional Conference on Quality Assurance in Education, held on April 21, 2017 at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.

Richard Olivieri, JD, Justice Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, and Hyun Song Kim, PhD, Instructional Designer, Online Faculty Support Team, Berkeley College, presented their research on “Instructors’ Perceptions of Active Learning in College Online Courses.” 

Mr. Olivieri openly asks the students in his class what they want to learn the following week, and offers several virtual sessions where the students can opt in. Discussion boards, case studies, and real-time projects are all examples of how instructors employ active learning with their students. The only method described as tending not to be successful in engaging students was a group project because that tends to create an imbalance in participation.

Photo Caption E: Richard Olivieri, JD, Justice Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, and Hyun Song Kim, PhD, Instructional Designer, Online Faculty Support Team, Berkeley College, present their research on “Instructors’ Perceptions of Active Learning in College Online Courses” during the Quality Matters Regional Conference on Quality Assurance in Education, held on April 21, 2017 at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.

Overall, students tend to be more engaged when the instructors are, and the more experienced the instructor, the more confidence the instructor was in using technology.

Finally, Jarrod Cecere, Senior Instructional Designer, Berkeley College, presented “Elective Objectives: Developing Videos that Describe Alignment and Facilitate Ease of Use.

About Quality Matters
Quality Matters (QM) is an international non-profit organization that provides tools and professional development for quality assurance in online and blended learning. When you see the QM Certification Mark, it means that courses have successfully met QM Rubric Standards for Course Design in an official course review. Visit www.qualitymatters.org

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 is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

 

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