Accreditation of Online Courses
The interview analysis implies that accreditation of online courses and programs is very
similar to the institutions traditional accreditation schemes. Degrees, diplomas, certificates,
and statements of completions are all widely used. The accreditation seem to be the same
independent on whether the course or program is offered online or not. Many institutions
basically state that the accreditation is the same as for campus courses. Among them are <30>,
<33>, <66>, <60>, <63>, <64>, <62>, <59>, <86>, and <12>. Among the institutions that
offer diplomas and certificates are: <17>, <19>, <83>, <80>, and <84>. At the following
institutions: <38>, <76>, <69>, <75>, <74>, <50>, <132>, <10>, <28>, and <57>, students
who complete the courses receive a certificate.
Here are a few examples that illustrate the use of accreditation, degrees, diplomas, and
<41> All accreditation is as far as possible in line with the corresponding practice in the
day time classes of Verkmenntaskolinn a Akureyri. Exams taken are of the same line,
composed in co operation with the heads of the department head in question and hence are
to be of the same strength as exams taken in the daytime classes. Marks gained in other
schools are assessed and entered into the registers of Verkmenntaskolinn a Akureyri and
thus form a part of each student's entry in the school's books. At any time students can get
a print out of their status and at the end of their studies certificates of completion are
issued in the same manner as in the day time classes of the school.
<54> Course accreditation is a procedural activity based on the scores that result form the
assessment approach described above. Students receive a certificate for each course
completed. A set of certificates leads to a diploma when all courses have been taken
successfully. Whether a course is taken on the internet does not affect the value of the
<87> The typical examinations are four or five hour written exams that could be arranged
at a local school at the student's request, quite often combined with a discussion with the
tutor by video conference. The student receives a grade in exactly the same way as at a
local held course. In the courses that are given as collaborative projects between SSVN
and a community school, the local school sometimes does the examination on there own.
If Studyshops are used SSVN does the examination.
Accreditation could be an important competitive advantage and several strategies could be
followed to achieve the necessary accreditation. Collaboration with institutions in other
countries could result in bilateral accreditation. Here are some examples of accreditation
<58> Most of the programs are developed as collaborative projects between NKI and a
public university or college. This means that the accreditation is provided by the university
or the college and that the net based design and operation is handled by NKI. Most
courses are undergraduate courses in which the course grade is based exclusively on the
final examination. The examinations are typically four or five hour written exams that
could be arranged at a local high school at candidate s request. A student who completes a
course, but does not sit the exam receives a statement of completion .
<126> There are no assignments, but each course has a multiple choice test of 20
questions. A passing grade is required to receive credit for the course. Accreditation is