CCC Faculty and Staff Members Complete Quality Matters Certifications

Quality Matters Certificate Recipients

CCC Faculty and Staff Members Complete Quality Matters Certifications

Recently, a number of CCC faculty and staff members completed Quality Matters (QM) certifications in a variety of subject areas. The group’s goal was to increase proficiencies in their specific areas of expertise. Thus, further strengthening their impact on the Coahoma campus.

CCC Faculty and Staff Members Complete Quality Matters Certifications

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Wed Dec 18, 2019

Quality Matters Certificate Recipients

Recently, a number of CCC faculty and staff members completed Quality Matters (QM) certifications in a variety of subject areas. The group’s goal was to increase proficiencies in their specific areas of expertise. Thus, further strengthening their impact on the Coahoma campus.

According to the organization’s website, Quality Matters professional development is designed to help educators deliver the promise of quality online learning opportunities to every level of learner — K-12, Higher Ed., Continuing & Professional Ed., and corporate training.

Letha Richards, director of Educational Outreach, says that the QM initiative is nothing new to CCC and is part of a multi-year project. The venture will ultimately aid CCC in achieving student-success initiatives.

“Educational Outreach and the instructors teaching in the e-Learning program have made great strides toward improving the design of online courses, said Richards.  “We began building our capacity to implement Quality Matters at CCC in 2015 through funds provided by the (MILD grant.  Now we are here at phase two of our Quality Matters implementation.  It has been a long journey but well worth the trip.   We hope to have one or two courses QM Certified by Fall 2020.”

The group of participants included Dr. Barbara Boschert, Dr. Luke Howard, Joseph McKee, Elizabeth Melton, Jeremy Pittman, Letha Richards, and Cynthia Williams-Robertson. All of which completed QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses. In addition to learning about the QM Rubric and the course review process, the participants learned to apply the concept of alignment and draft helpful recommendations for course improvement.

Beyond the QM Rubric certification, Richards and McKee completed the QM Teaching Online Certification, which enables instructors to demonstrate their knowledge mastery of online teaching. Additionally, Richards went on to complete the Peer Reviewer Course, which is designed to prepare experienced online faculty to serve as QM-Certified Peer Reviewers. It included a review of the foundational principles of Quality Matters and the QM Rubric. Richards is now one of 30 individuals in the state of Mississippi to currently hold this certification.      

Cynthia Williams-Roberson, instructor of English, believes that the Quality Matters training will aid instructors in better assisting CCC students.

“After participating in the Quality Matters “Applying the Rubric” certification course, instructors like myself walk away with a heightened awareness of designing a course with students in mind,” said Roberson.  “From the alignment of course objectives, learning tools, and learning activities to accessibility, everything aspect of a course is intentionally designed to promote the success of every type of learner. I look forward to the redesign process of the online courses I teach.”