Encapsulating the Basic Tenets: Best Practices in Independent, Distance, and Online Learning

Gera Burton (University of Missouri, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 18
EISBN13: 9781616921934|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-870-3.ch001
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With increased emphasis on transparency and learning outcomes, the NCA Higher Learning Commission has challenged institutions to demonstrate greater accountability in educational programming (2000). This chapter traces the steps taken to establish a set of guiding principles, or best practices, for endorsement by the American Association for Collegiate Independent Study (AACIS) membership. The AACIS membership is comprised of practitioners from institutions engaged in the provision of self-paced, independent educational opportunities for students who require flexible options, including year-round enrollment. While it was anticipated that agreement on all aspects of online delivery would be impossible, a consensus on core principles was seen as attainable. The purpose of the initiative was to lay the groundwork for further refinement of standards of practice by practitioners engaged in the delivery of online, distance, and independent learning programs.
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