National Education Association. Guide to Teaching Online Courses.
This Guide to Teaching Online Courses is the product of collaboration among a number of organizations committed to ensuring the quality of online instruction to secondary students in the United States. It is intended as a guide for policymakers, administrators, educators, and others engaged in selecting, hiring, training, and supporting teachers to provide quality online instruction to students, or in making policy choices affecting online education. It is designed to provide an overview of the development of an effective online education system, focusing particularly on the skills teachers need to teach effectively online, the professional development necessary to acquire those skills, and the models schools need to evaluate and improve online teaching. It is critically important that school systems and school administrators contemplate such issues before launching online courses or enrolling significant numbers of their students in such courses. Crucial lessons from decades of offline instruction are applicable, and the body of new and instructive information about the unique nature of online education is growing every day.
The booklet is available here.