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 
certificates: 
   <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 
certificate. 
   <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 
strategies: 
   <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 
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