With constant growth and fast-paced changing technologies information about almost anything is available to anyone with just a quick “google search.” As a result it important that online courses maintain a standard in which educational institutions, faculty, and students can adhere to. The importance of developing and following quality guidelines when creating an online course can help ensure success not only for the learners but also make the course enjoyable to teach for the instructor. If quality guidelines are not used effectively within an online course, the potential of misuse and misunderstandings can occur. This could potentially result in failed learning experiences and comprehension of critical information. By developing and following my own checklist or ones recommended by an educational institute I will be better able to meet the needs of my learners. I feel that this is very important especially in healthcare professions as we are held accountable to provide the most beneficence to our patients in terms of following the best evidenced based practices and research. The same can be said for when developing quality guidelines in terms of educating learners.
Canadian Recommended E-learning Guidelines provides a great outline in which I would definitely like to try and incorporate into my own checklists (Barker, 2002).
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Barker, K. (2002). Canadian Recommended E-learning Guidelines (CanREGs). Retrieved