The ABCs of Quality Online Learning Research: Applied, Beneficial, Centered

This workshop, co-sponsored by the USM William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation and Towson University's Office of Academic Innovation, will highlight opportunities for instructional design staff and faculty working with the Quality Matters framework to develop research studies related to learner success in online courses. Dr. Kay Shattuck, Director of Research for Quality Matters, will discuss recent findings in the field, then guide participants in applying the Quality Matters Research Toolkit to investigate student retention and/or learning. Participants first will work in small groups to create basic research plans for conducting Applied research that is Beneficial to all stakeholders and Centered on previous scholarly research. Then they will share their plans across groups to obtain feedback and determine whether there are opportunities for multi-department or multi-institution studies around particular themes or topics.

Thanks to Towson University for hosting this workshop.


Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252


April 5, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.



Kay Shattuck, D. Ed.
Director of Research, Quality Matters

Kay Shattuck, D.Ed., has worked in the field of adult education for more than 30 years, focusing on online and distance education since 1999. She was a member of the initial group of Maryland distance educators that developed what would become the Quality Matters program. As Director of Research, she continues to provide direction for the research efforts of QM and to generate research-based resources for the QM community. Her academic affiliation is with The Pennsylvania State University's College of Education, Education/Learning Performance Systems. She organized and edited the book, Assuring Quality in Online Education: Practices and Processes at Teaching, Resource, and Program Levels, and is now preparing a second special issue as invited guest editor of The American Journal of Distance Education.


Registration for the workshop is conducted through Quality Matters.  For more information, contact Nancy O'Neill at noneill@usmd.edu.