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Online Learning Standards
Aug 19 2008, 2:45 AM EDTColorado Online Learning recently updated its Quality Assurance Process to include a section on 21st Century Skills in its course review instrument. This is aligned with the national online learning standards set by North American Council for Online Learning.
21st CENTURY SKILLS
1. Course instruction, content and assignments provide opportunities for students to take responsibility and initiative for their learning as self-directed learners. [Definition: Course affords students the opportunity and encouragement to monitor their own understanding and needs, utilize time efficiently and manage workload.]
2. Course instruction, content and assignments promote the acquisition of information management skills. [Definition:
Including the abilities to gather, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information. Uses technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information, may address the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information.]
3. Course instruction, content and assignments encourage adaptability so that students learn thrive in the context of rapid change. [Definition: Afford students opportunities to adapt to varied roles and responsibilities, and work effectively in an environment where change occurs rapidly; students increase their comfort level with ambiguity.]
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