National Standard for Quality (NSQ) Online Learning
The Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) and Quality Matters (QM) created a partnership in March of 2018 with the goal of revising the National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Online Teaching and Online Programs, building upon the work started by The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).
The National Standards for Quality (NSQ) project provides the K-12 online and blended learning community with an updated set of openly licensed standards to help evaluate and improve online courses, online teaching and online programs.
The new edition of the National Standards for Quality Online Programs and Online Teaching was released March 5, 2019. The standards can be viewed or downloaded from the NSQ website (https://nsqol.org). The website also provides the literature reviews prepared for each standard set as well as a change document listing all changes made from the iNACOL version to the updated NSQ versions.
The new edition of the National Standards for Quality Online Courses will be released October 2019.
The infographics displayed below provide a snapshot of the standard set and the community involvement in the revision process. Click Here to Download
Both organizations are committed to a common philosophy that standards in such a dynamic area as digital learning must be updated regularly to provide a useful benchmark for schools, districts, statewide programs and commercial suppliers of online and blended learning. An improvement cycle has been set for all three sets of standards.