Wednesday, May 30, 2007

eLect Collaborative and Quality Matters

Spent a great day with some Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) women faculty who regularly collaborate, talk shop, work hard, and focus on quality of online learning. The E-LECT Collaborative(E-Learning for Early Childhood Teachers) is unique in Minnesota in that it offers lower division college credit courses on-line through ten MnSCU community and technical colleges. Students benefit from the options, flexibility and access this program provides and earn credits toward a certificate, diploma, A.A.S. degree, C.D.A. renewal, or professional development.

The faculty in this program are continuing on their quest for quality. In 2005 the group received a Quality Matters (QM) Grant and 5 of them were trained as peer reviewers and reviewed each others courses. Spring 2006 found them at a Lake Superior College QM conference sponsored by Minnesota Online, and spring 2007 found them back together sharing courses, the QM review process, and Susan Bradshaw's QM Blog with other ELECT faculty. Am pleased and proud to have supported the work of ELECT Faculty Leaders (Stacey York, Carla Weigel, and Sara M. Hoffman) on QM projects over the past two years. I admire their online teaching expertise, willingness to work, and no-fear attitude in adopting a rubric to improve course quality for students.

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