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The Intersection of ACOTE Accreditation Standards and Quality Matters Rubric Standards for Best Practice in Distance Education
Nancy Krusen, Associate Professor, Pacific University
Dr. Krusen is an associate professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University. Her research interests include teaching and learning in health professions, qualitative methods of research, and the constructs of the Occupational Adaptation theoretical frame of reference, particularly negative relative mastery.
The discussion examines the intersection of exemplar accreditation standards from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Quality Matters Rubric Standards for best practice in distance education for occupational therapy practitioners. The comparison suggests opportunities for dialog between the organizations. The author recommends research and collaboration between accreditation agencies and institutes of higher education to modify standards related to distance education.
Differentiate between accrediting body standards and quality improvement standards for distance education.
Apply new information within attendees' educational institutions to an opportunity for collaboration regarding distance education standards.
Seek additional resources for information about distance education standards.