In light of current interest in online learning, ibstpi® has recently (2012) concluded an international research project to identify learner competencies critical to successful online learning.

Instructional Design Competencies

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Online Learner Competencies

The board believes that online learning environments provide learners with a range of challenges that are potentially more diverse than in face-to-face settings and that these are not currently addressed in proportion to other online topics.

These competencies are intended as a valuable resource for online learners by identifying those skills or attitudes that promote successful learning in the online environment.

Further, it was assumed that such competencies would be instructive to those responsible for the design and delivery of online courses so that these educational products and practices would facilitate optimum teaching and learning at a distance.

Online Learner Competencies

Competency statements only

Online Learner Standards

Competencies and performance statements

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We welcome authors, researchers and learners to make reference to, or use, ibstpi® Competencies and Standards Sets (Competencies + Performance Statements) in their work. Several research papers, professional presentations, theses, and dissertations have been written about the ibstpi® standards, some using, with permission, ibstpi® competencies and performance statements as instrumentation for research.

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