ERIC Number: EJ723803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Virtual Necessities: Assessing Online Course Design
International Journal on E-Learning, v3 n1 p5-10 2004
According to several surveys over the past six years, faculty support and training in information technology remains one of the most pressing issues in higher education (Greene, 2001; Gandel, et al., 2000; Lembke, et al., 2001; Kobulnicky, et al., 2002). In an effort to address this issue, various organizations have published guidelines or benchmarks of quality for distance learning (American Council on Education, 2001; Higher Education Program and Policy Council of the American Federation of Teachers; 2000; Institute for Higher Education Policy, 2000). These publications provide valuable guidance from a broad organizational perspective. In a critique of these reports, however, Twigg notes that a focus on the course level is lacking (2001). Since 1999, study groups at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) have focused on the development and evaluation of benchmarks of quality for online instruction that are aimed at the course level. The collaborative efforts of these multidisciplinary study groups have resulted in the development of the Principles of Online Design (Zhu & McKnight, 2001) and the Online Design Checklist (McKnight, 2001). In this paper, the processes used to develop, field test, and refine measurable indicators for online courses are described.
Descriptors: Online Courses, Information Technology, Distance Education, Higher Education, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Technological Literacy, Quality Control, Academic Standards
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, VA 23327-1545. Tel: 757-366-5606.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida