Resources for Best Practices

Research on Elements of Online Courses
An annotated checklist of best practices organized by course content design, communication and assessment of learning. Links to references and examples are included.

Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degree Programs, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
Presents best practices that reflect concerns of the eight regional accrediting bodies for degree and certificate programs. The material is organized around:

  • Institutional context and commitment
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Faculty support
  • Student support
  • Evaluation and assessment

Effective Practices, The Sloan Consortium
Allows the site to be searched by a variety of issues (i.e., learning effectiveness, cost effectiveness) and interest areas (i.e., learning design, community).