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Quality by Design (QbD):
Strategies for Effective Teaching and Quality Course Design
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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify the importance of learner-centered instruction; analyze the qualities of effective course design; and integrate these concepts into their teaching and/or instructional design strategies.

Course Description:

Quality by Design (QbD) is a four-week online course that provides a unique opportunity for faculty and staff to improve courses through a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of seated, online or hybrid courses. QbD focuses on four major topics that are a key component of any quality designed course, including:

~ Learner Support

~ Content Presentation & Accessibility

~ Interaction & Collaboration

~ Evaluation & Assessment

This course is intended for all faculty and instructional support staff at all levels of experience with an interest in effective teaching and quality course design strategies. Participants will have multiple opportunities to reflect upon how they would integrate these ideas into all courses no matter the modality while engaging in discussions with experts and peers. Optional discussions and activities have been designed to help learners apply newly acquired knowledge into their own course design efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to earn badges issued through Acclaim by Credly. The time-commitment for QbD varies by individual; averaging 2 to 4 hours per week.

The next cohort is scheduled March 22, 2021 through April 18, 2021.

March 2021 Cost:

Free for SUNY CPD member campuses
$20 for SUNY campuses (non CPD members)
$40 for Non-SUNY campuses

Mode of Delivery:

The course will be delivered asynchronously in the SUNY Blackboard Learn 9.1 

Facilitated by a team of experienced instructional designers from SUNY campuses, this collaborative project was initially funded by a SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG) and developed through a partnership among the University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, Empire State College, Open SUNY and SUNY Center for Professional Development (CPD). The 2020 courses are offered through a collaboration with the SUNY CPD and the following SUNY campuses: University at Buffalo, Niagara County Community College, and Stony Brook University. *There is no registration fee for faculty and staff affiliated with these campuses.