National Standard for Quality (NSQ) Online Learning
A partnership was established between the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) and Quality Matters (QM) to revise 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.
All three standard sets can be viewed or downloaded free from the NSQ website. 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 infographics displayed below provide a snapshot of the standard set and the community involvement in the revision process. Click below 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.