Resources to support the sudden shift to distance modalities
- Policy Playbook: Every Learner Everywhere's Pursuing Regulatory Compliance for Digital Instruction in Response to COVID-19
- Rubric: Quality Matters: Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist
- Webinar: Online Learning Consortium: Making the shift to online learning
- Accreditation resource: NECHE's Policy on Contractual Arrangements Involving Courses or Programs
- Article: Selecting and online exam proctoring service, Kelvin Bentley
- Web: WCET Frontiers - Working Toward Equity in Online Education
- WebAIM: Articles and resources to help make web content accessible to people with disabilities
- CooleyED: Online Accessibility and Anti-discrimination in Schools
- The Digital Divide and Equity, August 2018
USED: Office for Civil Rights
- One-Sheet: Suggested practices and considerations for Institutional Student Complaint Processes, New England Board of Higher Education, March 2020
- White paper: Out-of-State Student Complaint Options, WCET's State Authorization Network, April 2020
- Webinar: Leveraging OER during COVID-19, New England Board of Higher Education, June 2020
- Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research
- Open Education Global & CCCOER, along with community contributors, have compiled OER Toolkits and repositories, Teaching Online tips, and more.
- Webinar: How to Survive Your (Hurried) Switch to Online Delivery Using UDL, Online Learning Consortium March 27, 2020
- Article: Chronicle of Higher Education: Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start, Michelle D. Miller
- Teaching in the context of COVID-19, Jacqueline Wernimont (Dartmouth, USA), Cathy N. Davidson (CUNY USA)
- Tips and tools for teaching online in a pinch, Bonnie Budd, Course Kitchen
- Creating an Online Community – Quick Tech Guide
- Teaching effectively during times of disruption, Stanford University
Updates from NEBHE’s Regional Higher Education Action Group
Since March 2020, NEBHE’s Policy & Research team has convened with higher education leaders & legislators bi-monthly to talk about the latest changes and innovations in colleges and universities across the region.
The latest data from our January 12, 2021 meeting
U.S. Department of Education (USED)
- On December 11, 2020 USED updated its guidance to institutions and accrediting bodies in response to continued interruption of their activities as a result of COVID-19. (Note: Initial department guidance and FAQ were issued on March 5.)
- The language ensures that schools will not be in violation of 34 CFR 600.9 state authorization requirements. Please continue reading for clarification regarding State level approvals and reciprocity. If an institution chooses to continue offering a new program or use distance education in a manner requiring USED’s approval after that point, it must seek approval under USED’s normal process.
USED strongly recommends that institutions document, as contemporaneously as possible, any actions taken as a result of COVID-19.
Reciprocity in distance learning
- States have the authority to regulate educational activities within their borders and they may choose to regulate out-of-state institutions that conduct activities in their state.
- Participation in a reciprocal agreement, such as the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), under the policies and procedures of the agreement, will support state level compliance with distance education delivery.
- A non-SARA participating institution, that may not have the approval to operate online in another state, will have that green light at the federal level during this time. Institutions may provide distance learning temporarily to accommodate students as a result of a COVID-19 interruption, including in cases where students began attendance in classes offered in a brick-and-mortar setting but were transitioned to a distance education format in the middle of the term.
- At the state level, however, non-participating institutions must separately address state law requirements.The temporary relaxations of federal requirements for distance education do not have an impact on SARA policy.
- View NC-SARA’s State Authorization Guide for state level compliance information, including States who regulate purely online programs by out-of-state institutions without regard to physical presence.