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Jun 10 2013

JHU Quality Matters Subscription and Workshop

JHU recently subscribed to Quality Matters (QM), an organization promoting excellence in the design and delivery of online and blended learning courses ( Our subscription enables us to offer faculty workshops in QM online quality design, hold internal reviews of mature courses, and access the QM rubric. AAP is pleased to offer another round of the "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric" workshop for faculty and staff who are involved with online or web-supported courses. This onsite workshop focuses on how the QM rubric is applied, what defines a quality course according to research-based best practices, and how courses are reviewed by QM process.  It provides foundational knowledge and experience in applying the rubric to previously run online courses. The workshop is recommended for program directors and support staff who are interested in the QM process, in addition to experienced faculty who have taught online or web-supported courses. Please see the onsite workshop information and interest survey below.

The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including, but not limited to, JHU faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review. The APPQMR is the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

Upcoming Dates & Registration Forms: (updated 6/27/13)
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  • Friday, July 19th from 9:00a-4:30p (Homewood Campus, Baltimore, MD)
  • Friday, August 2nd from 9:00a-4:30p (DC Campus, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC)
  • Friday, August 9th from 9:00a-4:30p (Homewood Campus, Baltimore, MD)


Requirements: To be eligible for APPQMR certification, participants must be present for the entire session and complete all activities. Participants will receive a QM Certificate upon completion of the course.

Cost: We are happy to offer this workshop at minimal cost ($50) for JHU faculty and staff. The registration fee solely covers lunch and QM materials. Please have your SAP budget and department fund number to register. (The IRC will cover this fee for any AAP faculty).

Seats: There are a limited number of seats available for each QM Training session. Once a session is filled, you will be placed on the waitlist in case there is a cancellation. Please check your confirmation email to note your registration status.

Questions: Please contact Hilda Rizzo-Busack at

Hilda Rizzo-Busack
Instructional Designer
Instructional Resource Center
Advanced Academic Programs
Johns Hopkins University

Posted by Clark Shah-Nelson at 8:03 AM - Categories: Teaching Tips | General | Online Courses | Distance Learning

Jun 4 2013

No Access to Online Courses Using Internet Explorer 8

As we've posted a couple of times on this blog, you can no longer acess online courses at JHSPH using Internet Explorer 8 as of today. If you try to sign in to an online course using Internet Explorer 8, you will not see a sign in page but instead will be told that you are using an unsupported Web browser.

Please note that running Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) in Internet Explorer 8 or 7 mode is not supported and you will not be able to sign into online courses. Some companies configure IE9 to run in this mode in order to ensure compatabililty with older, internal applications. Running IE9 in this mode is the same as running IE8 or IE7, and is not supported for online courses at JHSPH.

You can still access CoursePlus using IE8, however that has not been an officially supported Web browser for CoursePlus since June, 2012. You will no longer be able to sign into CoursePlus using IE8 in January, 2014.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:21 AM - Categories: Online Courses

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