Distance Education Standards & Accreditation
Shippensburg University Distance Education Policies, Guidelines, and Best Practices
Guidelines for Blending Face-to-Face and Online Formats at Shippensburg University (This is a DRAFT document still under consideration and discussion by the Academic Outreach Subcommittee, formerly known as the Distance Education Subcommittee, latest version dated 4/15/11.)
Regional and National Distance Ed Standards and Guidelines
Distance Education Programs: Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education (Online Learning), Middle States Commission on Higher Education, new guidelines from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 2011.
Quality Matters Rubric for Online and Hybrid Course Design (2014 edition), Quality Matters Program (a national benchmark for online and hybrid course design). (To obtain a hard copy of the full and annotated guidelines contact Ship’s Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education Studies at x1502.)
Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), the Instructional Technology Council (ITC), and the University of Texas Telecampus, June 2009.
Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Programs: A Work in Progress, Sloan-C Consortium. (To obtain a copy of these guidelines contact Ship’s Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education Studies at x1502.)
Additional Distance Education Resources
Shippensburg University's Instructional Design and Web Technologies (IDWT) - View the IDWT website for information on workshops, D2L, and one-on-one support.
PASSHE Copyright Course – This resource is available via secure login using your SU email and password.
PASSHE Online Teaching Resources – This list of just-in-time resources for distance education is available via secure login, using your SU email and password.
The Horizon Report, 2012 Edition - A collaboration between the New Media consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.
The Horizon Report, 2011 Edition - A collaboration between the New Media consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.
Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies , US Department of Education, September 2010
Years of Research on the Academic Performance Differences Between Traditional and Distance Learning: Summative Meta-Analysis and Trend Examination , M. Shachar & Y. Neumann, MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Vol. 6, No. 2, June 2010
Evidence of Quality in Distance Education Programs Drawn from Interviews with the Accreditation Community , US Dept of Education, March 2006
Online Learning as a Strategic Asset - Volume I: A Resource for Campus Leaders - Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, Aug 2009
Online Learning as a Strategic Asset - Volume II: The Paradox of Faculty Voices. Views and Experiences with Online Learning - Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, Aug 2009
2010 Managing Online Education Survey , WCET and Campus Computing Project, 2010
Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States in 2009 – I.E. Allen and J. Seaman, Babson Survey Research Group and The Sloan Consortium
ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2010 - S.D. Smith and J.B. Caruso, EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research
Trends in e-Learning: Tracking the Impact of e-Learning at Community Colleges – The Instructional Technology Council, March 2012