2020 Quality in Online Education Conference


Date: March 6, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Doña Ana Community College – East Mesa Campus

Join Quality Matters Reviewers, educators, students, and administrators from New Mexico State University (Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Dona Ana, Grants, and Las Cruces) to share, learn and connect concerning quality in online education.  One can also gain insights on how Quality Matters supports meeting standards for accreditation and compliance as well as assuring quality in online course design when you attend the Quality in Online Education Conference, March 6, 2020, from 8:30 am -3:30 pm on the Doña Ana East Mesa Campus for face-to-face attendance ($25 registration fee) or virtual attendance through Adobe Connect ($10 registration fee). Schedule and presentation descriptions will be posted on February 24, 2020!

Welcome to the 4th Annual Quality in Online Education Conference 

Educators have a unique opportunity to impact students’ lives in many ways.  As we gather to increase our skills regarding online course design and delivery, we’d like to encourage attendees to socialize with students and help with the food insecurities our students often face.  If you are able, please consider one or both of the following: (a) attending the “Dine with Faculty” event Thursday, March 5th from 5-7 pm and (b) bringing a non-perishable item to registration on Friday, March 6th – it will be donated to the Aggie Cupboard. 

  1. For those of you in Las Cruces, Thursday, March 5th from 5-7 pm, we would like to invite you to participate in “Dine with Faculty” -all conference attendees are welcome– faculty, administration, and staff. Please come and enjoy a meal with students in the NMSU Taos dining hall located inside Corbett Center Student Union, 1600 International Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88003. Those who participated in previous events reported having wonderful, meaningful conversations with students about academics, travels and adjusting to college life. Students also enjoyed the opportunity to meet faculty, administrators, and staff outside the typical work environments and share their experiences over a meal. Entry to the dining hall will be provided at no cost to those who RSVP and attend the event. Please RSVP at https://bit.ly/2Tn1bfX Parking is free at NMSU after 4:30 pm. For more information, contact Lisanne Grant, faculty in residence, at lfgrant@nmsu.edu.
  2. On Friday, March 6th, we will have a table set up for the Aggie Cupboard with information and a large bin to accept donations. This will be located next to the conference registration table. The mission of the Aggie Cupboard is to provide free supplementary food assistance to the NMSU community, including Las Cruces and DACC students, faculty, and staff. We strive to create an atmosphere of care, concern, and support for those who may be struggling with food insecurity. The Aggie Cupboard works to educate on the prevalence of food insecurity and hunger experienced by the NMSU community.

The NMSU QM System Committee and DACC Online Education Strategies Committee are happy to provide an interesting program of events. The program and schedule are available online. For those of you attending virtually, we will send out a ZOOM invitation Thursday. For those of you attending in person, the conference is being held at the DACC East Mesa Campus in the DASR Commons. Parking is free on the DACC East Mesa Campus.  No permit is needed.

Doña Ana Community College East Mesa Campus
Student Resources Building
2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88012

We look forward to seeing you and the other conference participants. Conference registration opens Friday, March 6th at 8:30 am. Please bring your devices.

A very special thank you to all who helped. We have confidence you will find the conference stimulating and rewarding. We ask that you bring to our attention anything that may help us to ensure the success of the current conference as well as future ones. Thank you for attending!

Best wishes,


Krista Kozel MacDonald
DACC Online Education Coordinator
Professor, Communication
Doña Ana Community College


Time Title & Description Room Presenters

Registration & Hospitality

DASR Commons

Opening Session

DASR Commons DACC President Monica Torres

Expert Panel

Q & A
DASR Commons Susie Bussmann, Betsy Stringam, John Vacca, Sherrell Wheeler, Rob Klinger, Ali Ahmad

10:00-10:45 – Breakout Session 1

10:00-10:45 Online Stream

Implementing Accommodations in an Online Format

Participants will discuss how to implement a variety of accommodations approved by Accessibility Services in an online environment. From hidden links for text friendly pages to giving extra time on quizzes, bring your questions and experiences. Join the ongoing conversation about accommodations in Higher Education.
DASR 130 Gary Bond

Zoom Web Conferencing

Online education at the main NMSU campus in the School of Nursing (SON) has several learning modalities within their online Canvas courses. One of the online meeting apps used is Zoom Web Conferencing. Zoom is a cutting edge, web based/cloud sourcing video application where instructors can interact with students using synchronous teaching. The NMSU SON faculty recognizes the advantages of using Zoom in nursing courses in conjunction with the OCIP and Quality Matters criteria for online learning. The SON faculty realize that this type of online learning assists students to participate.
DASR 231 Connie DeBlieck, Elizabeth Kuchler, Linda Summers, Shelly Noe, Stephanie Lynch

Small Changes = Big Difference!

Improving your courses doesn’t always require an overhaul; small changes can make a big difference. This session will share simple, small changes you can quickly implement in your online course based on Flower Darby’s book, Small Teaching Online.
DASR 238 Kerry Forsythe, Sandra Johnson

How Your Library Can Help You Meet Quality Matters Review Standards

Libraries and Librarians offer resources and services that can help instructors meet Quality Matters Review Standards. General Standards that libraries and librarians can help with include 4-Instructional Materials; 6- Course Technology; 7- Learner Support; and 8- Accessibility and Usability. Examples of resources and services available to meet Specific Review Standards will be provided and will include live demonstration of these resources and services.
DASR 135 Terese DeSimio, Jose Aranda, Susan Bontly

Break and Transition

Hospitality Table Opens
DASR Commons

11:00-11:45 – Breakout Session 2

11:00-11:45 Online Stream

Discussions Students WANT to Have!

Providing opportunities to allow learners to engage with course content, others in the class, and the instructor all in the same assignment can create active learning that can easily be achieved in the classroom. These meaningful interactions can also happen online by creating dynamic discussions. Go beyond the typical discussion assignment of “Make your post and reply to two others” that leads to the standard response of “I agree with what they said.” Come discover alternative discussion assignment designs, rubrics, and multimedia tools that can be tailored to your class. (QM Standard 5.2)
DASR 130 Kathy Achen

Flipgrid Increasing Online Student Interaction

Online education at the main NMSU campus in the School of Nursing has several learning modalities within their online canvas courses. One of the online apps available in Canvas is Flipgrid. Flipgrid is a cutting-edge web-based/cloud sourcing video application where instructors can create and facilitate video discussion for online students. Flipgrid software, allows online students to post and respond to discussions with the guided topic. NMSU partners with MS to allow online students to access and use the Flipgrid application to help online students navigate class discussions.
DASR 231 Connie DeBlieck, Elizabeth Kuchler, Linda Summers, Shelly Noe, Stephanie Lynch

How Learning Works In Canvas

This presentation will discuss how Canvas tools can be used in alignment with best practices from the theories of learning outlined in the book How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. We’ll start with principles including organization of knowledge, student motivation, mastery, and self-directed learning, and then discuss specific tools and functionality in Canvas that directly facilitate learning based on this research.
DASR 238 Michelle Lebsock, Morgan Iommi

Improving Support for Online Adjunct Faculty

Online adjunct faculty have become more and more common during the last decade as academic departments seek out discipline-specific experts as online instructors. A critical challenge for this group of faculty is in online course preparation and online teaching skills. This session will share ways in which online adjunct faculty can be better supported, both formally and informally. Improving support for online adjunct faculty improves the online student learning experience, which has direct positive effects on student retention and persistence; key to the success of any higher education institution’s mission. This session will be based on the presenter’s 2019 dissertation titled “An Analysis of Online Adjunct Faculty Perspectives of Institutional Support at Doña Ana Community College.
DASR 135 Timothy Strasser
11:45-12:00 Break and Transition DASR Commons

Lunch Quality Conversations

DASR Commons
12:45-1:00 Break and Transition DASR Commons

1:00-1:45 – Breakout Session 3

1:00-1:45 Online Stream

Integrating Technology with Mobile Devices Into Your Campus

Come and hear about a campus wide initiative on integrating technology with mobile devices into the DACC campuses. The pitfalls and the rises, what faculty have found as successful, what students have found as useful all the benefits and the possibilities. Bring your personal mobile device to interact and engage in a 21st century way!
DASR 130 Sarah Balizan

Promoting Effective Group Work in Online STEM courses

Some instructors believe that online group work in STEM courses is impossible. In our presentation we will cover the obstacles instructors face in designing group work in STEM courses and then discuss how to overcome the challenges of translating group work into an online environment.
DASR 231 Christina Schaub, Alice Martinic, Nancy Chartschlaa

Delivery Standards Making a Difference for Students

Strong online courses require both strong design and strong delivery. The Alamogordo Campus first adopted Quality Matters for course design and has now designed and implemented Delivery Standards to ensure quality course delivery. Come hear from the Alamogordo Online Quality Assurance Team how they designed the Delivery Standards, how they utilize the Delivery Standards, and how the Delivery Standards enhance instructor presence, increase student to instructor interaction, and encourage student persistence.
DASR 238 Sherrell Wheeler, Kathy Roark-Diehl, Rob Klinger

Teaching Developmental Learners Online

Learn practices that support students who have placed in developmental courses and are taking online courses. We’ll look at strategies to improve student writing and some of the challenges some students might face as online learners. This presentation will also include data and best practices from the Developmental English course (CCDE 110) that has been taught online at Dona Ana Community College the past two years.
DASR 135 Maria Torres
1:45-2:00 Break and Transition DASR Commons

2:00-2:45 – Breakout Session 4

2:00-2:45 Online Stream

Designing Excellence for Learners

This presentation addresses innovative methods for connecting with online learners by including discovery tools and activities, “hidden” gems, and non-traditional assignments. Students have become accustomed to typical Canvas course assignments. We will present ideas about the inclusion of unexpected and creative interactions between students, materials and instructor.
DASR 130 Sherrell Wheeler, Kathy Roark-Diehl, Rob Klinger, Karen May

Starting Off Your Semester Right: Canvas & Online Teaching Tips

Join us for a round table discussion on how to get off to a great start with your online courses this semester. NMSU Las Cruces staff Daniel Olsson (Academic Technology) and Beth Apodaca (OCIP) offer easy tips and tricks for using Canvas effectively and creating an engaging online learning environment for your students.
DASR 231 Beth Apodaca, Daniel Olsson

Let’s Discuss Discussions – Novel Ways to Engage Students

Tired of using the same old discussion techniques? Looking for novel ways to use discussions that will really engage students? Online discussions are a staple of every online class. Having more engaging discussions will improve online courses. Get excited about discussions again!
DASR 238 Laura De La Cruz, Hillary Masters

Pre-service Teachers’ Engagement in an Online Course in Designing Technology- Integrated Lesson for K-12 Classroom Teaching

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss how preservice teachers are prepared to integrate technology in their K-12 teaching in a 8-week online course taught in the College of Education’s Teacher Education Preparation. The instructor uses Quality Matters Rubric for online course design standards. Students use Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge framework as foundation for integrating technology to teach content. Students will demonstrate technology-based activities developed within the course for elementary and middle school in the Language Arts and Math content area.
DASR 135 Suparna Chatterjee, Roberto Moctezuma, Chandelle Sisneros, Tajuana Williams
2:45-3:00 Break and Transition DASR Commons

Evaluation and Wrap Up Door Prizes – Must be Present to Win

DASR Commons


Please complete this form to register to attend the conference. The face-to-face registration fee is $25 and the virtual attendance fee is $10. 


Doña Ana Community College East Mesa Campus
Student Resources Building
2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88012


Parking is free on the DACC – East Mesa Campus.  No permit is needed.

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