Requirements and Standards for Online Professional Development Products


The NEA Academy Content and Quality Review Board uses the following requirements and standards to evaluate all professional development products.

Requirements

  • Evidence of linkage to state renewal/licensure requirements
  • Content aligns with NEA policy
  • Supports ease of access for all learners, including those with disabilities
  • Provisions for those with special learning needs are based on the ADA requirements

Standards

Content for Classroom Based Programs

  • Appropriate, clear goals and objectives defined
  • Program meets stated goals and identified objectives
  • Aligned with national standards for content areas
  • Expands content knowledge for targeted audience identified
  • Expands content specific pedagogy for target audience identified
  • Content is research based with research identified
  • Chunking and scaffolding are appropriate for the content
  • Incorporates quality supplemental resources
  • Inclusive and appropriate for all cultural groups

Non-Classroom Based and/or Educational Support Professional Programs

  • Appropriate, clear goals and objectives defined
  • Program meets stated goals and identified objectives
  • Expands content knowledge for targeted audience identified
  • Expands job specific skills for targeted audience identified
  • Content is research based with research identified
  • Chunking and scaffolding are appropriate for the content
  • Incorporates quality supplemental materials
  • Inclusive and appropriate for all cultural groups
  • Appropriate for ESP job category identified

Design

  • Easy to read and understand
  • Color, visual images, and icons facilitate learning
  • Clear images
  • Easy to navigate
  • Search Option
  • Diversity of Images ( e.g. race, ethnicity, gender)
  • Accommodates multiple modalities of learning
  • Supports and tracks progress through the course
  • Design appropriate for objectives/content
  • Multiple entry points

Interactivity

  • Level of interactivity is appropriate for program objectives
  • Builds and supports professional collaboration and/or professional learning communities
  • Provides ongoing feedback on learner's progress

Support

  • Technical support available 24/7 online and via telephone
  • Support with program content and implementation
  • Support with connectivity hardware and software
  • Contains frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • Has a tutorial

Demonstration of Participant Learning

  • Provides appropriate activities
  • Requires supporting documentation
  • Incorporates reflective practice
  • Incorporates meaningful assessment of learning
 
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