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Measuring the Impact
Measuring the Heart of Quality: Researching the Impact of QM at Not One, Not Two, but Four Colleges within a University System
Krista MacDonald, Online Education Coordinator/Associate Professor of Communication, Doña Ana Community College
Krista MacDonald is an Associate Professor of Communication and serves as Doña Ana Community College's Online Education Coordinator. She works with VLIT to coordinate online teaching and learning initiatives including Quality Matters trainings, QM course reviews, and research. She also teaches online, blended, and face-to-face communication courses.
Sherrell Wheeler, Director of Online Quality Assurance/Associate Professor of Business, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
Sherrell Wheeler coordinates all distance education initiatives at NMSU Alamogordo including Quality Matters training, external reviews, internal review teams, and all other aspects of distance education in an effort to ensure that online students have a positive educational experience. She also teaches online business courses.
Nicole Olsson-Dail, Manager, Instructional Technology, New Mexico State University-Carlsbad
Nicole Olsson-Dail is the Instructional Technology Manager at NMSU Carlsbad. She manages the Learning Technology Center (LTC), coordinators Quality Matters initiatives (peer reviewing, training, & mentoring), and provides professional development training to faculty and staff. She also teaches computer science technology courses as an adjunct.
Sharon Lalla, Lead Instructional Consultant, New Mexico State University
Sharon Lalla, QM Lead Coordinator at NMSU, is a Senior Research Colleague for QM and holds a number of QM certifications. Sharon leads QM efforts at the Las Cruces campus, conducts workshops covering the online syllabus and accessible content, and teaches a course on universal design for online course design.
The NMSU statewide (university system) subscription consists of four colleges. All share a common need to measure the impact that Quality Matters has had on each college as well as collectively as a system. In this session, each college will describe the lens it is using to measure the impact of Quality Matters. As a system, the presenters will also discuss the process followed that has led to current decisions about how impact at the system level is measured. Talking points will begin with a look at current research, research goals, constraints, methods, and future direction.
Identify common constraints impacting research approaches.
Summarize the process required for integrating research findings into a systemic strategy.
Discuss various research approaches to understand the impact of QM on online courses (Q&A).