Best Practices in VCCS Distance Learning
Best Practices – Part II
New! Recently approved Best Practices for distance learning.
These pertain to the following areas:
Substantive interaction, accessibility & universal design, consistency of design & navigation, and non-traditional assessments.
With recent regulations passed by the federal government, ELET felt compelled to create a second set of guidelines and best practices for teaching and learning online. The July 2020 regulations implemented by the Department of Education outline the requirements of accrediting agencies for evaluating online courses. These regulations, along with previously existing legislation regarding the accessibility of courses in higher education, are complex; this document seeks to provide both clarity and application to the design and delivery of VCCS online courses.
A summary of key components for supporting online course design and delivery, as well as a more effective means of assessing student comprehension and aligning course content and objectives are also included in this document. These key components are supported by research for best practices in all courses, regardless of modality. Based on research and proven pedagogical practices, consistency in design is key to student engagement, student retention, and overall student success.