The SOE Framework is specific to online learning and teaching. The standards are intended as a supplement to, not a replacement for, general teaching standards. They are focused on issues of salience to online learning and teaching.
The online standards are designed to support quality teaching and they can be used as (i) a guide for learning design; (ii) a tool in collegial peer review; and, (iii) a benchmarking instrument. Jointly these uses define the principles underpinning the standards. To satisfy the requirements of the first use requires the standards to be instructional; the second use demands an improvement focus; the third simplicity and broad applicability.
There are three foci: (i) students, (ii) staff and (iii) the organisation :
Each focus has three areas:
Each area has one or more standards with three possible levels of attainment:
The criteria for Threshold and Good are specified for each standard. For Excellent the required innovation, leadership or impact is not specified: this is to be included by the target organisation.