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Twitter Chats

Two birds chatting with each otherQM IDA Twitter Chats are co-facilitated by:

Steven Kaufman
Senior Instructional Designer
University of Akron

Anthony Salinas
Instructional Designer II
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

How does a Twitter Chat work?

You follow the hashtag and tweet! This can happen by watching the #QMIDAChat on Twitter, Tweetdeck, or HootSuite. A new main question will be posted every 10-15 minutes. You can respond directly to the question, or reply to another person's response during the scheduled one-hour chat. What links everyone together during this chat is by including the "#QMIDAChat" hashtag in your tweet when responding to the question. To sign up for Twitter or to see how a Twitter chat works, see the links below! If you have further questions, feel free to email Lydia Frass ( or follow her on Twitter @lydiafrass.

Can't make the chat, or have more to say than 140 characters? Continue the conversation in the Twitter Chat Forums!

Upcoming Twitter Chats

December 14th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Q1: Which is the most notable conference you attended this year for professional development and why #QMIDAChat
Q2: What was your most challenging instructional design moment this year and why? How was it resolved? #QMIDAChat
Q3: What was the best instructional design moment you experienced this year? Why?  #QMIDAChat
Q4: Which innovation(s) did you learn or apply this year? Would you recommend it? #QMIDAChat
Q5: What predictions can you make for the instructional design field next year?  #QMIDAChat

Moderators: Anthony Salinas, George Handley III, Kevin Hearn, and LaTonya Motley

November 9th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
Social Media

Q1:What are your thoughts on the use of social media in the classroom? #QMIDAChat
Q2: Which social media platform are you most interested in using in your courses? #QMIDAChat
Q3: When using social media in the classroom, what types of activities or assignments could we leverage?  #QMIDAChat
Q4: What are some creative methods to measure a learner's participation in a social media platform? #QMIDAChat
Q5: What items should we consider when utilizing social media in the classroom?  #QMIDAChat

Moderators: George Handley III, Kevin Hearn, and Anthony Salinas

October 12th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Q1:How do you start "the talk" about accessibility with faculty? #QMIDAChat
Q2: When thinking about ease of use, what are some tips or constants you use? #QMIDAChat
Q3: In challenging content, how do you keep sensory overload to a minimum?  #QMIDAChat
Q4: How do you evaluate your material for accessibility? #QMIDAChat
Q5: When looking at multimedia, what tips do you have for captions and alt-text?  #QMIDAChat

September 14th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
Mobile Learning

Q1:What are some of the benefits of mobile learning? #QMIDAChat
Q2: Which design and learning strategies can leverage the use of mobile devices? #QMIDAChat
Q3: What is a creative way you have used mobile learning at your institution?  #QMIDAChat
Q4: Are there any special considerations when developing mobile friendly content? #QMIDAChat
Q5: What external factors may impede the adoption of mobile learning and what are the "work arounds" for those?  #QMIDAChat

August 10th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
Getting Ready for Fall

Q1:How would you describe the upcoming Fall semester at your institution? Gifs are welcomed! #QMIDAChat
Q2: What strategies do you use to ensure faculty and student success for the upcoming Fall semester? #QMIDAChat
Q3: What are the most common concerns brought to you by online faculty to address every Fall semester?  #QMIDAChat
Q4: What are the most common roadblocks for faculty readiness at your institution? #QMIDAChat
Q5: Are there any recent updates to institutional technologies and policies that are slowing the process for the preparation of the upcoming fall semester? If so, how are you mitigating the problem?  #QMIDAChat

July 13th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Q1:What are your initial thougts of gamification? #QMIDAChat
Q2: What are different ways to gamify learning? #QMIDAChat
Q3: What are the pros and cons of using gamification?  #QMIDAChat
Q4: What examples of gamification have you seen applied successfully and why? #QMIDAChat
Q5: If a colleague was interested in gamification, where would you recommend they begin? What are some key issues they should consider? #QMIDAChat

June 8th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
Instructional Design Research

Q1: As an instructional designer, do you have the opportunity and support to conduct research? If so, at what capacity are you being utilized in the research process? #QMIDAChat
Q2: What type of verbiage should be included within an Instructional Designer's job description that advocates research as a general job duty? #QMIDAChat
Q3: Which part of the research process do you find to be easiest? (I.E. grant writing, literature review, developing the research question, conducting the research or analyzing the data). Provide two pro-tips that make it so easy.  #QMIDAChat
Q4: When presenting Instructional Design research to others, what method has the greatest impact toward changing their preconceived notions? #QMIDAChat
Q5: Who or where is your research go-to? What are some valuable resources and tools? #QMIDAChat

March 9th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
Designing with Open Educational Resources

Q1: How would you introduce Open Educational Resources (OER) to an interested individual? #QMIDAChat
Q2: How were you introduced to Open Educational Resources (OER)? What was your first impression? #QMIDAChat
Q3: As an instructional designer, what skills/resources have proven to be most valuable while advocating for Open Educational Resources (OER)? #QMIDAChat
Q4: What are some challenges to expect when incorporating Open Educational Resources (OER) in a course's design? #QMIDAChat
Q5: What innovative ways have you incorporated Open Educational Resources (OER) within your design practice? #QMIDAChat

February 9th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
New to QM

Q1: When did you decide to become an Instructional Designer? Why?
Q2: How were you introduced to the @QMProgram? What was your first impression?
Q3: What did you learn by going through the @QMProgram process?
Q4: Which @QMProgram General Standard challenges you the most? Why?
Q5: What resources provided by @QMProgram and/or @theQMIDA do you find to be invaluable?
Q6: What’s one piece of advice you would give someone new to @QMProgram?

January 26th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
New Year's Resolutions

Q1: What are your top 3 New Year's resolution professional development goals for 2018?
Q2: What actions are you taking to meet your New Year's resolution professional development goals?
Q3: How may the QM-IDA assist you to meet your professional development goals this year?
Q4: What innovation(s) are you excited to learn about or apply this year?
Q5: What instructional design challenges will you or your team expect to face this year?

Past Twitter Chats

April 14th, 2017
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
@QMProgram Connect conference

Q1: @QMProgram Connect conf proposals due April 28, Why is this a great conference to present at? #QMIDAchat #QMConnect
Q2: With @QMProgram Connect conf proposals due by April 28, what's important to note for those writing proposals? #QMIDAchat #QMConnect
Q3: What HOT topics would you encourage other ID's or your own Faculty to write proposals for @QMProgram Connect Conf? #QMIDAchat #QMConnect
Q4: What are your top presentation tips for those who may present at this year's @QMProgram Connect: Pathways to Excellence Conf? #QMIDAchat #QMConnect
Q5: What are your top presentation No-Nos for those who may present at @QMProgram Connect: Pathways to Excellence Conf? #QMIDAchat #QMConnect
Q6: Why will you be attending @QMProgram Connect: Pathways to Excellence Conf in Fort Worth, Sept 24-27? #QMIDAchat #QMConnect

March 10th, 2017
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Open Educational Resources (OER)

Q1: What are the learning and teaching benefits of using OER?
Q2: What is your favorite OER repository and why?
Q3: What advice would you give to others looking to implement OER in their course design?
Q4: How can QM Rubric Standards and resources support faculty and IDs in finding and using quality OER?

February 10, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 p.m.

New to QM

Q1: Why @QMProgram? Why did you decide “Quality Matters”? 
Q2: What did/do you learn by going through the @QMProgram process?  
Q3: How has implementing the @QMProgram standards improved the student experience in your courses?
Q4: What @QMProgram standard challenges you the most? Why?
Q5: What’s one piece of advice you would give someone new to @QMProgram?  

December 9, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Reflecting on 2016 & Looking Ahead to 2017 

 Q1. What were some of your greatest achievements this past year (2016)?
Q2. What were some of the things you wish you could have done better this past year (2016)?
Q3. What challenges are you looking forward to next year (2017)?
Q4. What will make 2017 a successful year for you?
Q5. How might the QM-IDA help you to meet these goals in the coming year (2017)?

November 11, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Helping Online Military Learners

Q1: What academic support services does your institution provide to help online military learners transition and succeed?
Q2: What student support services does your institution provide to help online military learners transition and succeed?
Q3: How can faculty help military learners feel emotionally safe and supported in an online setting?
Q4: How can faculty help military learners feel connected to the online classroom while actively deployed?
Q5: What design strategies can be used to harness military learners' unique strengths and leadership skills in an online setting?

October 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Solving Instructional Problems with Technology

Q1: How are you using tools from QM Marketplace? If not, which tools are you using and where did you find them?
Q2: What kinds of problems are you solving with these tools?
Q3: How are you using tools to leverage the advantages of the online instructional environment?

September 9, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
Instructional Design in Higher Education

Q1: What role do instructional designers play at your institution? How does this impact course quality?
Q2: What are some of the instructional design issues you face at the start of the school year? How do you address these?
Q3: How do you/your team manage the beginning of the year crunch working with faculty? How do you "project manage" the work? What tech/tools do you use?

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