NEA Standards for Online Course Design


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The National Education Association published a list of design standards for “effective online education.” ¬†According to their Guide to Teaching Online Courses, ¬†“Research, experience, and common sense suggest that institutions planning to utilize online education should make pedagogical choices with great care, with a particular focus on selecting or designing courses that take full advantage of the power of the online environment. With that in mind, online courses and the teaching of those courses should be conducted within the following course design standards”:

  • Courses should be instructor-led.
  • Courses should be student-centered.
  • Learning should be collaborative in nature.
  • Coursework should maximize participation flexibility while providing a framework for student pacing.
  • Courses should foster information, communication, and technology skills necessary for success in this century.
  • Course format, expectations and instructions should be clear and concise.
  • Activities and assessments should account for different learning styles.
  • Courses should use the latest best practices.

The full guide is available here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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