Online education is booming, but colleges risk lapses in quality, report says

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: “The vast majority of college officials in the survey — 96 percent — said they’d adopted ‘quality assurance’ standards to guide this rapid metamorphosis. Such standards advise faculty members on how to make online learning accessible, intuitive, and engaging for students. That might mean setting expectations for offering timely, regular instructor feedback on assignments, clearly aligning activities with a course’s learning objectives, and posting transcripts of all video content. But ultimately, there’s no universal definition of what ‘quality’ means … Only 34 percent of the survey’s respondents, for example, said their standards included analyzing student-learning outcomes, such as postgraduate job placements and salaries.”

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