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gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

Resources on principles of good practice and quality standards for distance education and online learning.
gold square bullet A Model for Quality Online Education in Library and Information Science.
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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

gold square bullet 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.

C.H. Olgren