Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM: Concurrent Sessions
Theory to Practice
Enter the Matrix: Using a Course Objective Matrix to Easily Align Objectives
Objective alignment is essential in course design, yet, hard to understand. We strove to create a document showing alignment. The Course Alignment Matrix is now a primary tool in our QM courses and is used to show faculty how to achieve alignment.
Learning Objectives
Identify areas of alignment within the Quality Matters rubric.
Analyze a matrix tool to help ensure alignment throughout a course.
Adapt a matrix tool to work for a currently created course.
Intended Participants: Role
Instructional Designers
QM Coordinators
Intended Participants - Knowledge Level
People with some experience in the topic, but looking to grow
Mark Gale, Assistant Professor of Instructional Design, Athens State University
Mark Gale is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Design at Athens State University. Prior to serving as a faculty member, he was the Director of Academic Technology Services, the division charged with growing Quality Matters and quality enhancement initiatives at the university. He currently has two QM-Certified courses and has assisted campus faculty in certifying more than 20 courses. His research interests are increasing ROI for students through current technology and pedagogy, technology adoption and implementation and various aspects of gamification.

Letitia Bergantz, Assistant Professor of Instructional Design, Athens State Unviersity
Letitia Bergantz is an associate professor and instructional designer at Athens State University. She worked on government contracts with FDA and FEMA before transitioning to education. Her current focus in on preparing teachers for the future by teaching technology and design courses. She provides edTPA workshops to prepare teachers in the College of Education. Letitia is a reviewer for Quality Matters workshops.

Gary Valcana, Associate Professor in Management, Athens State University
Gary Valcana has been with Athens State University since 2006. He is an Associate Professor in Management and currently the Department Chair for HR, Heath Care Management, ISM, Cyber Operations Management, and Graduate Logistics Information Systems. He has mentored faculty to on Quality Matters and is responsible for 8 certified courses. Gary has a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Nursing as well as an MBA. He’s also proud to say he served in the U.S. Army for six years.