Whether schools adopt a full-time virtual model, or a blended or supplemental approach to online instruction, their success depends on having high-quality online teaching. The International Association for K-12 Online Learning's National Standards for Quality Online Teaching describes the skills and characteristics that effective online teachers should possess. Here's a summary of the organization's standards.

An effective online teacher...

1. Meets the professional teaching standards established by a state licensing agency or has academic credentials in the field in which he or she is teaching.

2. Has the prerequisite technology skills to teach online:



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