Quality Matters is a faculty centered, peer review course that is designed to guide individuals who are creating blended learning or online courses. The workbook and rubric is very easy to understand and is straight forward in how to help you set up a successful online or blended learning class. A successful Quality Matters course includes receiving an 85% on the course as well as allowing a panel of three certified Quality Matters instructors peer review your coursework.
I thought the Quality Matters certification is a great way to help guide instructors who are interested in creating online or blended learning classes. I have taken online classes where there is no student to student or student to instructor interaction. These online classes consist of an assignment being uploaded each week and the student completing the work. It tends to create a cold environment, which I do not prefer. The Quality Matters helps instructors also create course objectives that are measurable and flow with the content they are teaching.
I recently had the opportunity to create a movie using the Movie Maker program on my PC. It was pretty easy to use, but the program did have a few disadvantages. For example, I had to record my voice separately using the voice recorder program. Once I finished recording my voice I had to then upload each file into Movie Maker. This wasn't hard by any means, but very time consuming. I thought the end product came out great and I would recommend trying this program out when you get the chance!
In this day and age it is easy for students to feel the urge to copy and paste material in a word document. I always try to teach students in my classroom the rules of plagiarism as well as the correct way to cite sources in their written documents. I have used the Turnitin program, which notifies teachers and students with the percentage of their document that is plagiarized. The higher of a percentage you receive on your written document means that there is plagiarism in your document. The program takes 15 minutes to review your paper and give you results on the percentage of your paper that could be plagiarized. I think this program can be used in the k-12 setting as well as the college level. Plagiarism is a serious offense that students have a hard time understanding, but I think instructors need to make students aware of how to correctly cite information into their paper. I always try to tell my students that I want to be able to read information they have written not repeated verbiage from a website.