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National standards of Quality Online Courses

National standards of Quality Online Courses



National Standards of Quality Online Courses

National Standards of Quality Online Courses



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    • National Standards ofQuality for Online Courses
      North American Council for Online Learning
    • Quality for Online Classes
    • Content
      The course goals and objectives are measurable and clearly state.
      The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth, and breadth to teach the standards being addressed.
      Sufficient learning resources and materials available to foster student success.
    • Content
      Content meets appropriate standards in regards to copyrighted materials.
      Academic integrity and netiquette expectations are clearly stated in regards to activities, discussions, e-mail communications and plagiarism.
      Instructor resources and notes are included.
    • Instructional Design
      The course is organized into units/lessons.
      Each lesson/module includes an overview, content and activities/assignments/ assessments to provide multiple learning opportunities for students.
      Activities that engage students in active learning.
      Address a variety of learning styles and preferences.
    • Instructional Design
      Appropriate readability levels for the course content and the students.
      Timely and frequent feedback about student progress is provided.
      The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student, student-student, and student-content interaction.
      Students have access to resources that enrich the course content.
    • Student Assessment
      Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, and are clearly stated.
      Ongoing and frequent assessments are conducted to verify each student’s readiness for the next lesson.
    • Student Assessment
      Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class.
      Grading rubrics used where appropriate.
      Grading policy and practices are easy to understand.
    • Technology
      The course is easy to navigate.
      Hardware, Web browser and software requirements are specified.
      Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified.
      The course utilizes appropriate content-specific tools and software.
    • Technology
      The course offers orientation training.
      The course provides teacher and student technical support.
      The course meets universal design principles, Section 508 standards and W3C guidelines to ensure access for all students.
    • Course Evaluation and Management
      The results of peer review and student evaluations of courses are available.
      The course is evaluated regularly for effectiveness, and the findings are used as a basis for improvement.
    • Course Evaluation and Management
      The course is updated periodically to ensure timeliness.
      Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
    • How do I implement these features?
    • Syllabus - Instructor
      Instructor information – name, office number, phone, email, virtual office hours and bio
      Statement of response time for email and grading
    • Syllabus – Course Information
      Course name and number
      Credit hours/ prerequisite
      Course Description
      Course overview and Goals
      Instructional materials – textbooks, software, other needs with cost
    • Syllabus - Technical
      Technical Competencies
      Help desk information
      Technical equipment/software requirements
    • Syllabus - Student
      Statement of amount of time required by students for successful completion
      Policies – attendance
      Student participation defined
      Student Evaluation and Assessments clearly stated with time limit
    • Syllabus - Additional
      Availability of any additional academic support service
      ADA Notify policy
      meets copyright policies
      Add/Drop/Withdraw dates
    • Syllabus - Additional
      Grading policies - Grading Scale
      Calendar of due dates and all assignments
      Extra credit described
    • Course Homepage Design
      Course header includes Logo, course name, Instructor name, semester, department.
      Page footer area includes common links such as college website, library, technical help website, departmental website, bookstore, etc.
      Links to downloads for media plug-ins are provided.
    • Course Homepage Design
      Clear starting place - Start Here with Student code of conduct and information about tool usage.
      Welcome message from Instructor
    • Course Homepage Design
      Consistent look and feel over course/program
      Navigation is easy to use
      All hyperlinks "work"
      Information is easy to find
    • Course Homepage Design
      Learning Modules
      Grade book available for checking progress
      Due dates and benchmarks clearly stated (Calendar)
      Opportunity for learner feedback (Evaluation)
    • Audio/Video
      Graphics are optimized
      Each graphic/audio/video/Flash file used serves a clear purpose and enhance rather than distract from the site
      Animated images do not repeat or only repeat a few times
    • Audio/Video ADA
      If graphics and/or media is used to convey meaning, the alternate text equivalent of the content is provided.
      Captions are provided for each audio or video file used
    • ADA
      Avoids the use of "Click here" when writing text for hyperlinks
      Color is not used alone to convey meaning
      Use of color and graphics enhances rather than distracts from the site
    • Content
      The course is designed for many learning styles
      Chunking of content.
      Student has multiple opportunities to interact with students/faculty/material both privately and in group settings
    • Other Helpful Information
      Always use HTML or PDF format
      Good contrast between text and background
    • Other Helpful Information
      Common fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman font sizes and font colors are consistently
      Content is free of typographical and grammatical errors