Accreditation and Assuring Quality in Distance Learning
Describes the scope and impact of distance learning on higher education,
identifies the challenges that distance learning poses for accreditation, and describes
the response of the accrediting community to assure
quality in distance learning, Council for Higher Education
Accreditation (CHEA), 2002.
Assuring Quality in Large-Scale Online Course Development
Journal article describing quality assurance processes that integrate instructional design, eBook custom publishing, Quality Matters™ standards, faculty development, and internal quality assurance reviews and external peer-reviews; Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2010.
Digital Learning Now: The 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning
Recommends actions that lawmakers and policymakers could take to foster a high quality education for all K-12 students; Foundation for Excellence in Education, 2010.
Elements of Quality Online Education
Practice and Direction
Fourth volume in the annual Sloan-C series of case studies on quality
education online, Sloan Consortium, 2003.
Essential Principles of High-Quality Online Teaching: Guidelines for Evaluating K-12 Online Teachers
Provides a checklist of criteria for Checklist for Selecting, Preparing and Evaluating Online Teachers for K-12 Students; Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2003.
Establishing a Quality Review for Online Courses Journal article that presents a quality model and describes a formal review process for evaluating online courses in key quality areas; Educause Quarterly, 2006.
Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education (On-line Learning)
Developed by the Council
of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) to assist institutions in planning and evaluating distance education; Higher Learning Commission, 2009.
Identification of Key Issues in the Development of Sustainable e-Learning and Virtual Campus Initiatives
Journal article describing important factors underlying best practices in the implementation and sustainability of virtual campuses, as part of a two-year European Commission study, 2009.
Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever
Classic paper describing how the seven principles of good practice created by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson can be applied to technology-based education, 1996.
iNACOL National Standards of Quality for Online Courses
Presents a set of quality criteria for online course content, instructional design, technology, student assessment, and course management; International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Version 2, 2011.
iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching
Presents a set of quality criteria to guide and evaluate online teaching in K-12 schools; International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Version 2, 2011.
iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Programs
Provides states, districts, and online programs with a set of quality guidelines for online program leadership, instruction, content, support services, and evaluation; International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), 2009.
Maintaining the Delicate Balance: Distance Learning, Higher
Education Accreditation, and the
Politics of Self-Regulation
The American Council on Education (ACE) report discusses the challenges of attending to quality in an increasingly internationalized higher education marketplace, 2002.
A Model for Quality Online Education in Library and Information Science.
Resources on principles of good practice and quality standards for distance education and online learning.|
A set of principles and metrics that include quality standards in administrative and technical support, faculty teaching, learning effectiveness, and student satisfaction; Web-Based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium, 2009.
Online Course Quality Assurance: Using Evaluations and Surveys to Improve Teaching and Learning
A Faculty Focus Special Report containing four articles printed originally in Online Classroom, a newsletter published by Magna Publications, 2010.
Quality on the Line: Benchmarks for Success in Internet-Based Distance Education
A report presenting 24 quality benchmarks; released in March 2000 by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and commissioned by Blackboard Inc. and the National Education Association.
Quality Matters (QM) Program
Presents a rubric and review materials to evaluate the quality of online courses in relation to 40 elements distributed across eight standards.
Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education Programs
Contains 70 quality indicators for evaluating instructional design, administrative support, faculty support, technology support, teaching-learning, and other aspects of online education programs; adapted from the Quality on the Line Benchmarks; Sloan Consortium, 2010.
Quality Standards in eLearning: A Matrix of Analysis
A journal article that summarizes current published quality standards in the US, organizes them into a nine-cell matrix, and discusses emerging issues; 2002. Also see
Quality Improvement, Quality Assurance, and Benchmarking: Comparing Two Frameworks for Managing Quality Processes in Open and Distance Learning, 2005.
Review of Paradigms for Evaluating the Quality of Online Education Programs
A journal article comparing 13 recommendations and paradigms found in the literature for identifying and evaluating the quality of online programs in higher education; Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2011.
Sloan Consortium Five Pillars of Quality Online Education
Explains its quality framework for guiding quality and sharing effective practices, and suggests directions for research and development; Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), 2005.
SREB Standards for Quality Online Courses
Outlines 11 standards that states can use to guide the quality of online teaching; Southern Regional Education Board, 2006.
10 Principles of Effective Online Teaching: Best Practices in Distance Education,
These principles, developed at Penn State’s World Campus, outline core behaviors of the
successful online instructor and help to define allocation of time; Faculty Focus Special Report, Magna Publications, 2010.
What Constitutes Quality in Web-Based Training?
Provides a checklist of 22 value statements that can be used to measure quality as well as a scorecard of weighted indices for evaluating the quality of online training products.