Professional Development Support for Online Course Design and Teaching

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Online Course Design

All online courses are expected to have undergone a comprehensive QM review or meet the QM Course Design Essentials standards.  

Quality Matters (QM) Comprehensive Course Design Workshop - Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) / Designing Your Online Course (DYOC)

This two-day QM professional development workshop is comprised of two foundational component workshops. The first, APPQMR, is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the application of the rubric to online courses. The second component, DYOC, focuses on learning objectives and overall course alignment. Detailed description here. 

Upcoming dates:

  • August 5-6, 2021
    Workshops meet 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. each day (via Zoom).

Stipend: $1000 for completion of both days of the workshop, with a commitment that courses developed will meet QM standards.

Process & Next Steps

QM Course Design Essentials – Tutorial

This self-guided tutorial contains four video walkthroughs and a curated selection of documents and resources. The emphasis in QM Course Design Essentials is placed on high-impact elements in QM General Standards 1, 2, and 5, which focus on research-based standards of best practice in developing a Course Introduction and Overview, Learning Objectives (Competencies), and Learner Activities/Learner Interaction. This tutorial is designed for faculty members with a range of experience teaching online, including those new to developing and teaching online or blended courses. Detailed description here. 

Available as an ongoing, self-guided resource in Blackboard. Participants should plan to spend 1-2 hours to move through the material. 

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QM Peer Review Certification (PRC) Course

Designed to prepare experienced online faculty to become QM-Certified Peer Reviewers, the PRC includes a review of foundational principles of QM and the QM Rubric. Recommended for faculty, staff, or administrators who have completed APPQMR and who wish to learn more about becoming a Peer Reviewer. Detailed description here.

Offered asynchronously by a QM facilitator over a three-week timeframe. Participants will spend 10-12 hours per week on the course. Workshops are available on a rolling basis.

Please express your interest to Michelle Kosalka ( and she will coordinate registration.

Stipend: $500 for completing the PRC

Teaching Strategies

Interactive Webinar: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles

Explore Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and how to create multiple avenues to success for students in your online courses. What is the contrast between access and accessibility, and how do you navigate both? What role do you play in design and development to provide a variety of access points to your course content? Why might students prefer alternative content presentation types? How can you ensure your course content meets the needs of all learners, right from the beginning planning processes? Join us to delve into these questions and more in this interactive 90 minute session offered via Zoom.

Session Learning Objectives:

    • Explore the basic guidelines for UDL
    • Define access and accessibility as related to UDL
    • Review the CAST graphic organizer for UDL application
    • Examine activities that engage learners using UDL
    • Discuss application of UDL with accessibility tools available at UNI
    • Apply UDL principles to your course design

Presenter: Eddie Andreo, Vice President of Distance Learning and Site Management for Cowley College
Date/Time: June 29, 2021 - 2-3:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Process & Next Steps

QM Introduction to Teaching Online

This interactive workshop provides a foundation for best practices of teaching and learning in an online environment. Recommended for faculty and administrators interested in the components of effective online teaching, including those new to the environment and individuals who wish to gain additional insights into research-based teaching strategies in an asynchronous environment. Detailed description here.

QM routinely offers this workshop. Please express your interest to Michelle Kosalka ( and she will coordinate registration.

Stipend: $500

NEW -- QM Teaching Online Essentials – Tutorial

This tutorial consists of five units related to the QM Rubric and alignment, essentials for online teaching and student engagement, transparency in assignment design, creating community in online courses, and strategies for engaging students in large-enrollment courses. This self-guided tutorial will benefit faculty teaching online or teaching a blended course with online interactionDetailed description here. 

Available as an ongoing, self-guided resource in Blackboard. Participants should plan to spend two hours to move through the material. 

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QM Using Instructional Materials & Technology to Promote Learner Engagement Workshop

This workshop focuses on continuous improvement in aligning learning objectives and assessments, as well as effective integration of instructional materials, activities, and technology to enhance student learning.  Designed for faculty members who have completed APPQMR/DYOC and have taught online, participants will identify a specific change they wish to implement in their course, implement the change, and document the effects. Detailed description here.

Offered asynchronously by a QM facilitator over a two-week timeframe, plus arranged time for implementation. Participants will spend 10-12 hours per week on the course.

Please express your interest to Michelle Kosalka ( and she will coordinate registration.

Stipend: $500 paid upon completion of the professional development activity that includes an application, revision planning documentation, and a reflection document.


UNI Continuing Education & Special Programs 8th Annual Distance Education Conference

In the spirit of community and collaboration, we will celebrate successes in the field of distance education, compare notes on challenges, and provide opportunities to learn more about how to apply research-based practices to promote student learning and success.

Virtual delivery. Additional details will be posted to this page later in 2020.

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Additional workshops and resources

IT-Educational Technology and Media Services 
Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
University of Northern Iowa COVID-19 Information
University of Northern Iowa Forward Together


Questions about the QM workshops or developing a distance learning course/program may be submitted below or directed to Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-7206 or