Big Idea - Student Assessment

National Standards of Quality for Online Courses

According to Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, "The National Standards of Quality for Online Courses offer an important measuring tool to help policy leaders, schools, and parents across the nation evaluate course quality and implement best practices."

The National Standards of Quality for Online Courses is available online. This comprehensive document outlines 13 broad standards for instructor review, which are further organized into individual standards. Each is measured using the following criteria:

 

Rating Scale

 

0

Absent—component is missing

1

Unsatisfactory—needs significant improvement

2

Somewhat satisfactory—needs targeted improvements

3

Satisfactory—discretionary improvement needed

4

Very satisfactory—no improvement needed

 


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