The following is a list of the iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Teaching and how well do I feel I have attained knowledge of those standards. This is the scale I will be using: Mastery of each individual iNACOL Standard:
0 = Not at All
1 = A Little
2 = An Average Amount
3 = More than Average
4 = Masterful
The 11 iNACOL Standards for Quality Online Teaching:
Standard A: The online teacher knows the primary concepts and structures of effective online instruction and is able to create learning experiences to enable student success.
Standard B: The online teacher understands and is able to use a range of technologies, both existing and emerging, that effectively support student learning and engagement in the online environment.
Standard C: The online teacher plans, designs, and incorporates strategies to encourage active learning, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration in the online environment.
Standard D: The online teacher promotes student success through clear expectations, prompt responses, and regular feedback.
Standard E: The online teacher models, guides, and encourages legal, ethical, and safe behavior related to technology use.
Standard F: The online teacher is cognizant of the diversity of student academic needs and incorporates accommodations into the online environment.
Standard G: The online teacher demonstrates competencies in creating and implementing assessments in online learning environments in ways that ensure validity and reliability of the instruments and procedures.
Standard H: The online teacher develops and delivers assessments, projects, and assignments that meet standards-based learning goals and assesses learning progress by measuring student achievement of the learning goals.
Standard I: The online teacher demonstrates competency in using data from assessments and other data sources to modify content and to guide student learning.
Standard J: The online teacher interacts in a professional, effective manner with colleagues, parents, and other members of the community to support students’ success.
Standard K: The online teacher arranges media and content to help students and teachers transfer knowledge most effectively in the online environment.
As it turns out one of my highest scores is Standard K which says that the online teacher can arrange media and content to help students and teachers transfer knowledge most effectively. I feel that this is one of my most strong points because even since before starting the Masters Program at Brandman University, I have looked for ways to engage my students more than just notes and textbook. I have toyed with digital tools before many of my colleagues and have always found online assignments, activities, and lessons to be more fun and I always think, “Would I enjoy this lesson if I was sitting in their spot?” as a basis to develop online assignments.
One of the standards where I feel I need more practice with is Standard F: The online teacher is cognizant of the diversity of student academic needs and incorporates accommodations into the online environment. I feel like I need more help with differentiating instruction in a way that meets that needs of ALL my students. Not just the average or the ones who usually succeed on their own. I need to go further to meet the needs of my ELD students, I need to of further into how I can meet the needs of students with an IEP. I need to meet the needs of students who are too shy or introvert to ask for help and this is something that even with technology I still don’t feel very confident in. As a way to improve on this particular standard, I will be practicing differentiating using online tools more. I will put into practice some of the skills learned in these courses such as UbD lesson planning and being aware of the ADA standards.