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National standards of Quality Online Courses


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National Standards of Quality Online Courses

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National standards of Quality Online Courses

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