The QA Commons Online Training Center

The QA Commons aspires to narrow the gap between higher education and employment. Our Online Training Center provides a wide variety of self-paced professional development courses to support institutions in providing career-oriented education and support services to their students.

Participants can enroll in any course at any time and each course takes approximately four hours to complete. Completion of each course provides participants with a professional development recognition badge and a certificate of completion with four hours of continuing education credit.


Each course provides participants with peer-to-peer learning opportunities through a specific performance group created within the Career Ed Lounge, an online learning community of career education professionals. This allows participants to learn and share with their peers at any time they want, even after they complete the course.

Each performance group brings participants from related courses together to enable interaction and learning surrounding a competency area. Participants receive a daily digest of activities in their performance groups with the ability to turn off notifications from any group.


Designated coaches and mentors from institutions can follow their peers in the Career Ed Lounge to review their posts online and via daily digests. This allows coaches/mentors to respond to posts at their discretion and act as facilitators of learning and development for their peers.

Administrators who have access to the institutional “Key Panel” can share user activity reports with coaches/mentors.


An Individual Development Plan (IDP) tool is available to help participants identify their performance goals and link their professional development activities to their identified goals. This interactive tool provides a guided process to help participants achieve their performance goals and assess their accomplishments.

The IDP is incorporated in each course to prompt participants to identify and add specific performance goals to their IDP based on their learning experiences in the course.

Participants can use the IDP tool to capture all their developmental activities, online or offline. They can also upload portfolio evidence to their IDP. Participants can download their professional development summary for any period, automating the documentation process for accrediting and regulatory agencies.


The QA Commons Online Training Center is powered by MaxKnowledge, the leading online provider of talent development solutions for career-oriented educational institutions. An independent evaluation study by the ROI Institute® has proved the positive impact of MaxKnowledge training on faculty performance, student retention and institutional outcomes.

MaxKnowledge badges are powered by open badge technology. Institutions that have adopted open badges and open pathways can select any of MaxKnowledge course badges on learning pathways toward their own institutional credentials. This allows institutions to recognize MaxKnowledge course badges as knowledge-based assessments and combine them seamlessly with their own skills-based assessments to award evidence-based professional development credentials.

In collaboration with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, MaxKnowledge has been honored by the IMS Global Learning Consortium® as a Learning Impact Award Finalist for scaling pedagogical knowledge and practice through evidence-based technology.