Online Learning Update

September 21, 2017

Standard Operating Procedure?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

A regional accreditor recently denied an Arizona community college’s bid to increase its online degree offerings.  In particular, the reviewers found a lack of required training for online instruction and a general lack of consistency. Meanwhile, success rates in Scottsdale Community College’s face-to-face courses stood at 75.2 percent, compared to 65.4 percent in online courses last fall. This issue prompted several questions: How much standardization of course design, navigation, underlying technology and academic support (among other features) should an institution mandate — and be required to mandate — for its online courses? How should colleges and universities balance the potentially conflicting goals of ensuring that its distance education courses are student centered and of maintaining faculty control over course content?

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