Courses and Workshops

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR); Virtual 2-Day Zoom Session

This is the same as the 1-day face-to-face session except offered in a virtual setting via zoom over two consecutive mornings!

Learn the underlying principles behind the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and the critical elements of the QM quality assurance process. Learn about drafting helpful recommendations as you apply the Rubric to an actual course. In addition to learning about the QM Rubric and the course review process, participants will learn to apply the concept of alignment and draft helpful recommendations for course improvement. The APPQMR is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

Hawkeye Community College's goal is for all instructors teaching an online and/or hybrid course to have Quality Matters training in either APPQMR or IYOC.
This workshop is for you if you are....

  • an instructor new to teaching an online or hybrid course
  • a new instructor to Hawkeye College without prior APPQMR and/or IYOC certification training within the last 5 years
  • a person wanting to learn more about Quality Matters and how it pertains to designing an online/hybrid course.

You must be a full participant each morning in order to receive credit for the course.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Assessment of Student Learning

Learn strategies to evidence learning and align course elements that promote achievement of student learning outcomes. Participants will explore classroom assessment techniques as they develop or refine their assessment plan for a course to support learning outcomes at the course, program, and institutional level.

This workshop is open to all faculty and fulfills one of the requirements for Hawkeye's two-year faculty induction program.

There are three 1 1/2-hour sessions for this workshop:

Registering for the March 22 event automatically enrolls you in the March 29 and April 12 sessions

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment

Learn how to create an inviting and engaging learning environment to all the students with varied backgrounds, learning styles, and physical and cognitive abilities in the classroom.

Instructors will be able to evaluate a course they are currently teaching and will learn how to apply universal design principles, diversifying course materials and how to cultivate an inclusive online learning environment that will effectively impact student learning and performance.

This workshop is online for 3 weeks, open to all faculty, and fulfills one of the requirements for Hawkeye's two-year faculty induction program.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

History and Philosophy of the Community College

This series of workshops is designed to examine the historical and philosophical roots of the community college movement as well as emergent trends affecting community colleges. Discussions will focus on the national, regional and local forces that shaped the community college movement and the complex trends challenging this uniquely American form of higher education.

This workshop is open to all faculty and fulfills one of the requirements for Hawkeye's two-year faculty induction program.

This workshop will meet on four Tuesdays from 3:00 – 5:00pm: January 25, February 8, March 8 and April 5, 2022.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC); two weeks online

This two-week online course shows how to apply the underlying principles of the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own online or hybrid course and develop a course improvement plan.

The content is based on the essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online or hybrid course is required.

Hawkeye Community College's goal is for all instructors teaching an online and/or hybrid course to have Quality Matters training in either APPQMR or IYOC.

This workshop is for

  • an instructor wanting to review their own existing online/hybrid course using the QM standards
  • a new instructor to Hawkeye College teaching an online/hybrid course with APPQMR certification within the last 5 years
  • a seasoned online/hybrid instructor wanting to apply QM standards to a new online/hybrid course.
  • a seasoned online/hybrid instructor with an existing online/hybrid course needing to fulfill the QM training requirement.

This workshop is moderated online/asynchronously for two weeks and requires approximately 20 hours to complete module activities. (A minimum of 6 registrations are required for this 2-week session.)

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Magna Online Seminar Series

The Magna Seminar Series is an annual subscription providing access to 26 Magna Online Seminars each year. Each program will be available on-demand for two weeks following the initial session, then replaced with the next seminar. A calendar invitation providing login instructions will be provided to registrants by the Brobst Center prior to the event.

Registration is open for the seminar dates listed below. Check out the Magna Seminar Series 2021 Schedule for all seminars currently scheduled.

November 2, 2021 Using Authentic Assessment to Assess Student Learning
This Magna Online Seminar will help you develop authentic assignments and assessment mechanisms to help encourage a holistic understanding of student learning.

November 16, 2021 Understanding Racial Justice Through Food Studies
This Magna Online Seminar explores the relationship between race and food in order to teach key leadership skills for racial justice in institutions of higher education. Examine how food systems create racialized problems for minority communities along the lines of food insecurity, health, and identity.

November 30, 2021 Using Interleaving in Course Design to Improve Retention
This Magna Online Seminar explains interleaving content during instruction and studying to improve student success through increased content retention.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Quality Matters Standard 1 Course Overview and Introduction

To develop or improve the design of an online or hybrid course any full-time or adjunct instructors can register to have their course reviewed by a certified Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer. Guided by the QM rubric and a course development checklist, instructors may submit their course for review of Quality Matters Standards 1-8. A certificate of completion will be issued for each standard reviewed which can be applied toward their Quality Faculty Plan portfolio.

For Standard 1 the following specific review standards will be evaluated:
1.1 Instructions make clear how to get started and where to find various course components.
1.2 Learners are introduced to the purpose and structure of the course.
1.3 Communication expectations for online discussions, email, and other forms of interaction are clearly stated.
1.4 Course and institutional policies with which the learner is expected to comply are clearly stated within the course, or a link to current policies is provided.
1.5 Minimum technology requirements for the course are clearly stated, and information on how to obtain the technologies is provided.
1.6 Computer skills and digital information literacy skills expected of the learner are clearly stated.
1.7 Expectations for prerequisite knowledge in the discipline and/or any required competencies are clearly stated.
1.8 The self-introduction by the instructor is professional and is available online.
1.9 Learners are asked to introduce themselves to the class.

To have a course reviewed within this term please select 5/12/21; for a Fall term course review please select 12/10/21.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Quality Matters Standard 2 Learning Objectives (Competencies)

To develop or improve the design of an online or hybrid course any full-time or adjunct instructors can register to have their course reviewed by a certified Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer. Guided by the QM rubric and a course development checklist, instructors may submit their course for review of Quality Matters Standards 1-8. A certificate of completion will be issued for each standard reviewed which can be applied toward their Quality Faculty Plan portfolio.

For Standard 2 the following specific review standards will be evaluated:
2.1 The course learning objectives, or course/program competencies, describe outcomes that are measurable.
2.2 The module/unit-level learning objectives or competencies describe outcomes that are measurable and consistent with the course-level objectives or competencies.
2.3 Learning objectives or competencies are stated clearly, are written from the learner’s perspective, and are prominently located in the course.
2.4 The relationship between learning objectives or competencies and learning activities is clearly stated.
2.5 The learning objectives or competencies are suited to the level of the course.

To have a course reviewed within this term please select 5/12/21; for a Fall term course review please select 12/10/21.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Quality Matters Standard 3 Assessment and Measurement

To develop or improve the design of an online or hybrid course any full-time or adjunct instructors can register to have their course reviewed by a certified Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer. Guided by the QM rubric and a course development checklist, instructors may submit their course for review of Quality Matters Standards 1-8. A certificate of completion will be issued for each standard reviewed which can be applied toward their Quality Faculty Plan portfolio.

For Standard 3 the following specific review standards will be evaluated:
3.1 The assessments measure the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies.
3.2 The course grading policy is stated clearly at the beginning of the course.
3.3 Specific and descriptive criteria are provided for the evaluation of learners’ work, and their connection to the course grading policy is clearly explained.
3.4 The assessments used are sequenced, varied, and suited to the level of the course.
3.5 The course provides learners with multiple opportunities to track their learning progress with timely feedback.

To have a course reviewed within this term please select 5/12/21; for a Fall term course review please select 12/10/21.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Quality Matters Standard 4 Instructional Materials

To develop or improve the design of an online or hybrid course any full-time or adjunct instructors can register to have their course reviewed by a certified Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer. Guided by the QM rubric and a course development checklist, instructors may submit their course for review of Quality Matters Standards 1-8. A certificate of completion will be issued for each standard reviewed which can be applied toward their Quality Faculty Plan portfolio.

For Standard 4 the following specific review standards will be evaluated:
4.1 The instructional materials contribute to the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies.
4.2 The relationship between the use of instructional materials in the course and completing learning activities is clearly explained.
4.3 The course models the academic integrity expected of learners by providing both source references and permissions for use of instructional materials.
4.4 The instructional materials represent up-to-date theory and practice in the discipline.
4.5 A variety of instructional materials is used in the course.

To have a course reviewed within this term please select 5/12/21; for a Fall term course review please select 12/10/21.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Quality Matters Standard 5 Learning Activities and Learner Interaction

To develop or improve the design of an online or hybrid course any full-time or adjunct instructors can register to have their course reviewed by a certified Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer. Guided by the QM rubric and a course development checklist, instructors may submit their course for review of Quality Matters Standards 1-8. A certificate of completion will be issued for each standard reviewed which can be applied toward their Quality Faculty Plan portfolio.

For Standard 5 the following specific review standards will be evaluated:
5.1 The learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies.
5.2 Learning activities provide opportunities for interaction that support active learning.
5.3 The instructor’s plan for interacting with learners during the course is clearly stated.
5.4 The requirements for learner interaction are clearly stated.

To have a course reviewed within this term please select 5/12/21; for a Fall term course review please select 12/10/21.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Quality Matters Standard 6 Course Technology

To develop or improve the design of an online or hybrid course any full-time or adjunct instructors can register to have their course reviewed by a certified Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer. Guided by the QM rubric and a course development checklist, instructors may submit their course for review of Quality Matters Standards 1-8. A certificate of completion will be issued for each standard reviewed which can be applied toward their Quality Faculty Plan portfolio.

For Standard 6 the following specific review standards will be evaluated:
6.1 The tools used in the course support the learning objectives or competencies.
6.2 Course tools promote learner engagement and active learning.
6.3 A variety of technology is used in the course.
6.4 The course provides learners with information on protecting their data and privacy.

To have a course reviewed within this term please select 5/12/21; for a Fall term course review please select 12/10/21.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Quality Matters Standard 7 Learner Support

To develop or improve the design of an online or hybrid course any full-time or adjunct instructors can register to have their course reviewed by a certified Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer. Guided by the QM rubric and a course development checklist, instructors may submit their course for review of Quality Matters Standards 1-8. A certificate of completion will be issued for each standard reviewed which can be applied toward their Quality Faculty Plan portfolio.

For Standard 7 the following specific review standards will be evaluated:
7.1 The course instructions articulate or link to a clear description of the technical support offered and how to obtain it.
7.2 Course instructions articulate or link to the institution’s accessibility policies and services.
7.3 Course instructions articulate or link to the institution’s academic support services and resources that can help learners succeed in the course.
7.4 Course instructions articulate or link to the institution’s student services and resources that can help learners succeed.

To have a course reviewed within this term please select 5/12/21; for a Fall term course review please select 12/10/21.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Quality Matters Standard 8 Accessibility and Usability

To develop or improve the design of an online or hybrid course any full-time or adjunct instructors can register to have their course reviewed by a certified Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer. Guided by the QM rubric and a course development checklist, instructors may submit their course for review of Quality Matters Standards 1-8. A certificate of completion will be issued for each standard reviewed which can be applied toward their Quality Faculty Plan portfolio.

For Standard 8 the following specific review standards will be evaluated:
8.1 Course navigation facilitates ease of use.
8.2 The course design facilitates readability.
8.3 The course provides accessible text and images in files, documents, LMS pages, and web pages to meet the needs of diverse learners.
8.4 The course provides alternative means of access to multimedia content in formats that meet the needs of diverse learners.
8.5 Course multimedia facilitate ease of use.
8.6 Vendor accessibility statements are provided for all technologies required in the course.

To have a course reviewed within this term please select 5/12/21; for a Fall term course review please select 12/10/21.

Pre-registration is required. Select a session to register.

Contact Information

Brobst Center for Teaching and Learning Services

Tama Hall 110
319-296-4291
319-296-4018 (fax)
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