Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is from February but I only became aware of it from the October Canadian eLearning Network  (CANeLearn) News, which links it to the US National Standards for Quality Online Learning. It should be understood that this document (35 page PDF) doesn't describe how to design online learning, it states the conditions required in order to effectively design online learning, and is therefore framed as a set of 'educators require...' statements. The eight statements are very specific, perhaps too specific (in my view), but the purpose of the current document is to validate them through a survey of Canadian educators (we can see how they evolved from a set of similar principles evaluated by British Columbia teachers). I see a couple of problems with the methodology. First, merely confirming agreement with a list of statements does not sufficiently validate these statements. Second, asking only educators limits the range and perspectives of possible input.

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