As online learning becomes more ubiquitous in schools and districts across the nation, a leading online-learning organization has updated its national standards intended to help shape high-quality online teaching practices.
In its National Standards for Quality Online Teaching, Version 2, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) has revised its existing standards that define high-quality teaching in online and blended-learning programs to address the need for more personalize learning.
iNACOL representatives said they hope the revised standards will help educators use their knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the individual needs of each student more effectively.
“The new standards focus on providing teachers with a set of criteria for effective online learning and aim to guarantee that the teachers are better able to understand the technology, new teaching methods, and digital course content … to foster an personalized online learning environment for every student,” said Susan Patrick, president of iNACOL.
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The standards are accompanied by different components, and teachers’ progress can be measured on a rating scale, with a score of zero indicating that the component is missing, a score of 1 being unsatisfactory and needing significant improvement, a score of 2 denoting somewhat satisfactory progress with targeted improvements needed, a score of 3 indicating satisfactory progress with some necessary discretionary improvement, and a score of 4 being very satisfactory with no improvement needed.
The 10 new online teaching standards include the following criteria:
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