Online courses should not be downgraded for online. The methods may be different than
in face-to-face classes but the goal is the same. Both the academic content and grading
standards of online classes should be equivalent face-to-face classes.
Suggestion for Instructors:
- Choose challenging materials and assignments and make student workload equitable to
a face-to-face class.
- Use varied methods of student assessment including quizzes, discussion, writing assignments,
- Grading should clearly distinguish quality and should be comparable to face-to-face
- Do your best to stop student cheating and "buying" of assignments or entire classes.
Increase security with more written work, personalized journals, on-campus exams,
timed online tests, frequent changing of assignments each semester.
- Compare the grade distributions in your online classes with those in your face-to-face
classes - the two should be similar.
- Read Cuyamaca's Guide to Best Practices in Online Teaching
- See San Diego Community College District's Online Teaching Proficiency Checklist
- Research shows that "distance education is just as effective as traditional education
in regard to learner outcomes." Source: "Teaching and Learning at a Distance" by
Simsonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., and Zvacek, S. : Pearson, 2009 [for a great
discussion of the research in online quality, read chapter 3]. Also see the No Significant Difference Phenomenon.
College Policy and Training: