IMPACT Insights

September 2022

Take the Quality Matters Flagship Workshop

Have you heard about Quality Matters? The Quality Matters Standards for Online & Blended Courses is an evidence-based toolset and process for continuous improvement in online and blended courses.
This October 3rd - 24th we will be running the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop specifically for GW and all interested Health Sciences faculty and staff are invited to participate. This is a three-week asynchronous online workshop that provides:
  • An introduction to QM’s quality assurance approach, used by colleges and universities nationwide
  • Practice applying the QM rubric to a demonstration course
  • An introduction to the concept of alignment
  • The first step to becoming a QM peer reviewer
This course is especially recommended for anyone who will be building or re-designing course(s). The workshop activities take approximately 6-8 hours per week to complete. The cost will be covered by the Health Sciences Administration.
Please contact Laurie Lyons ( or Alison McGuire ( to sign up for the workshop or if you have any questions.

Upcoming Event: Academic Integrity

Aaron Howell
Do you know what to do if you suspect an instance of academic dishonesty in your class? Are you familiar with the latest guidance and process for reporting academic integrity violations? Do you have questions about any of this?
Whether you teach on-campus or online, full-time or just one course, join us for a lunch & learn to discuss these issues.
Aaron Howell, Assistant Director in GW's Student Rights & Responsibilities, will discuss the Code of Academic Integrity and the Academic Integrity Hearing Process, and answer your questions.
Friday, September 30, 2022
Noon - 1:00 pm EDT
Zoom link

Check Your Blackboard Grading Schema

We encourage all faculty to check their grade center calculations and grading schema carefully every semester. But it was recently noted that some graduate-level courses for CRL, BLS, HSCI, and DHSC need updates to the Grading Schema to include C- grades. To check how your Blackboard course converts numbers to letters for final course grades open your open your Grade Center and go to Manage > Grading Schemas. It should look like this:
Graduate Student Grading Schema: 93-100=A, 90-93=A-, 87-90=B+, 83-87=B, 80-83=B-, 77-80=C+, 73-77=C, 70-73=C-, 0-70=F

A New Assistant Dean of Academic Planning and Curriculum Management

Laurie Lyons seen from the shoulders up wearing a dark green blouse
IMPACT team lead, Laurie Lyons, has a new role. Laurie has been promoted to Assistant Dean for Academic Planning and Curriculum Management. For Health Sciences programs, she works on:
  • Strategy and planning to get from idea to reality for new and revised programs and curricula and 
  • Assessment and quality to help programs continually assess their outcomes, improve student learning, and comply with university and accreditor requirements.
Laurie will continue to lead efforts in faculty support for instructional design and technology and curriculum and course design. Thankfully, this includes IMPACT and IMPACT’s work in instructional media for all types of scholarly activities.  
Have an idea for a new course or program? Planning to bring something to the Health Sciences Curriculum Committee (HSCC)? Want IMPACT help with a new research project? Have a need for quality improvements for your program?  Contact Laurie at
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