online learning

At last! A new resource to help evaluate online learning programs


Online learning programs are on the rise, and this means institutions must ensure high-quality programs in the face of stiff competition

A new self-evaluation tool offers a way for institutions to determine if they’re offering a supportive and high-quality online learning program.

The Online Learning Consortium’s OLC Quality Scorecard for Online Student Support is intended to help institutions improve support for online learners institution-wide.

The latest addition to the OLC Quality Scorecard Suite helps identify gaps in services and provides a pathway to improve support for online students.

The OLC Quality Scorecard for Online Student Support was developed from a joint initiative with the State University System of Florida (SUSF) and the Florida College System (FCS).

“Several big ideas drove the development process of the student support scorecard,” says Victoria Brown, assistant provost for eLearning at Florida Atlantic University. “Among these was the desire to provide a comprehensive review of the entire academic life-cycle of a student at the institution, starting from the first indication of interest in attending, all the way through graduation. Other considerations included expanding access to the services that on-campus students receive, providing an online academic experience, and increasing engagement between online students and the institution.”

Laura Ascione