Bee a Friend to Pollinators

April 10, 2023

Congratulations to the first course from Clemson Cooperative Extension to gain QM Certification!

Quality Matters Certification Announcement

Clemson Online is proud to announce the first Clemson Cooperative Extension online course to earn Quality Matters certification. The course, Bee a Friend to Pollinators: Pollinator Education and Agricultural Literacy for Educators and Students, guides K-12 educators as they discover the critical role of pollinators and develop strategies to promote pollinator conservation in their schools and communities.

Quality Matters (QM) is the international leader for quality assurance in online course design. Bee a Friend to Pollinators earned QM certification following a rigorous review process using QM’s Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) Rubric. The course is now listed in the QM directory of certified courses.

The partnership between Clemson Online and Clemson Extension has led to the development of innovative educational programming in South Carolina and beyond. The QM certification of Bee a Friend to Pollinators demonstrates a commitment to provide quality online instruction for educators across the Southeast. The achievement is the result of the collaboration between lead course developers Amy Dabbs, M.S., Statewide School and Community Garden Coordinator at Clemson Extension, and Laura Scott, M.A., Instructional Design Manager at Clemson Online.

Amy Dabbs (L), Laura Scott (R)

Part of the School and Community Gardening Program, Bee a Friend to Pollinators was developed by Clemson Extension, The Bee Cause Project, the University of Georgia Extension, and Clemson Online. Funding to develop the course was provided by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Collaborators for the project include:

  • Amy Dabbs, Statewide School & Community Gardening Coordinator, Clemson Extension
  • Emilee Elingburg, Director of Educational Programs, The Bee Cause Project
  • Tami Enright, Founding Direct, The Bee Cause Project
  • Becky Griffin, Community & School Garden Coordinator, UGA Extension
  • Mallory Maher, Oconee County 4-H Youth Development Agent, Clemson Extension
  • Kerrie Roach, District Specialist, Department of Plant Industry, Clemson PSA
  • TJ Savereno, Forestry & Wildlife Agent, Clemson Extension
  • Zack Snipes, Horticulture Agent & Assistant Program Team Leader, Clemson Extension
  • Patricia Whitener, 4-H Natural Resources Program Leader, Clemson Extension
  • Chase Sanders, Digital Learning Designer, Clemson Online
  • Laura Scott, Instructional Design Manager, Clemson Online
  • Lori Kinley, Associate Director of Online Development, Clemson Online
  • Torberg Davern, Designer & Illustrator

The pilot cohort was held in the summer of 2022, with more than 40 teachers from Georgia and South Carolina completing the course and earning renewal credits from the South Carolina and Georgia Departments of Education.

We are also proud to share that the Bee a Friend to Pollinators project was the National Winner of the Search for Excellence award in Commercial and Consumer Agriculture at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, in August 2023.

(Updated September 2023)

Upcoming Events

Quality Matters for Summer Accelerate

Clemson Online is proud to announce new opportunities for instructors to gain experience in online course creation, teaching with Canvas, and the Quality Matters course review process. They include:

  • Online Course Bootcamp
  • Improving Your Online Course (IYOC)
  • QM Essentials Review
  • COFFEE: House Blend

Please see the full descriptions and registration links at our Quality Matters for Summer Accelerate website.

For applicable participants, these trainings can be listed on annual reviews in the Faculty Success system. Check with your department for specific details. If you have any questions about these training opportunities or any aspect of Quality Matters at Clemson, please email Lori Kinley.

Quick Hits – New ASL Zoom Feature Advanced

Thursday, April 13

The second and final training on Zoom’s new ASL feature. This session we will take a more in-depth look at this feature. This session is essential for hosts of Zoom Events and meetings where two interpreters are required.

  • Facilitated by Axel Ruiz, Sr. Learning Tech. Specialist, and Dan Lewis, Director of Digital Accessibility, CCIT Internal Operations
  • Time: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Location: Virtual

Register here for Quick Hits: New ASL Zoom Feature Advanced on April 13th

Clemson Online Spring 2023 Events Calendar

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Review our Spring 2023 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!

We have a robust Spring semester lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, presentations on inclusive practices for online education, and workshops to get your Canvas site ready to teach!

All of our live training is recorded. Registrants will automatically receive a link to that day’s video after it has been processed.

Contact James Butler with any questions about these sessions.

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