University of Nevada, Reno Standards for Digital Instruction explanations

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Standards for Digital Instruction are based on research-supported and published best practices and derived from two nationally-accredited standards-based organizations: The Online Learning Consortium and SUNY Online Course Design Review Rubric (OSCQR) and Quality Matters’ Specific Review Standards from the QM Higher Education Rubric, Sixth Edition. The University maintains memberships with both organizations.

The digital standards must be met for every asynchronous online, synchronous remote, or hybrid course offered at the University of Nevada, Reno. Note that in some cases, especially in hybrid courses, some standards may not apply. If you have any questions about the standards and objectives provided, please contact the Office of Digital Learning.

The Federal US Department of Education (DoE) regulatory definitions of distance education require that institutions ensure regular and substantive interaction (RSI) between student and instructor(s) occurs in all distance education modalities, including asynchronous online classes. Standards that help meet and support RSI requirements are noted under the header “RSI Support.”

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