Clearinghouse Purpose

To provide ND education consumers an overview of the online education organizations providing courses and instruction in North Dakota. The overview includes identification of online providers in North Dakota, types of courses provided, learning management system (LMS) compatibility, and costs, including course price and additional costs. Additional information is provided, as applicable and appropriate, to assist ND education consumers distinguish between technological innovation and learning innovation. For further information, please contact NDCDE at 701-298-4830 or

NDCC: 15-19-02.1. Distance Education Clearinghouse

The director of the Center for Distance Education shall establish a clearinghouse for online courses delivered to North Dakota schools for the purpose of providing:

  1. A list of the online courses and providers for all North Dakota schools to access.
    The list is available on the ND DPI website.
  2. Awareness of online courses available in new and emerging careers. 
    NDCDE defines new and emerging careers as follows: 
    • New careers are jobs that have been created due to recent changes in society, technology, regulations, or markets. These roles did not exist before and have emerged to meet new needs and challenges. Emerging careers are jobs that currently have few workers but are expected to grow significantly in the future. These roles are in the early stages of development but show strong potential for expansion and increased demand.
    • NDCDE classifies the following areas under this definition: Cybersecurity and Coding. These courses can be purchased in the Computer Education section of the CDE Store.
    • Virtual CTE Centers may also offer these courses. A listing of these centers and links to their websites is available in this Area Career and Technology Centers document.
  3. A list of comparative prices for online courses and other online services. 
    When purchasing online courses, schools must be aware of the scope of services included. More specifically, is the vendor providing content only or content and an instructor? This will determine the total cost of the course. The price list provides pricing for online courses offered through organizations and vendors commonly used in the state, delineating the scope of services provided. We have also provided information about national prices collected by the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance for comparison purposes.

    OrganizationServices IncludedPrice per Course
    NDCDEContent & Instructor$259
    EdgenuityContent only$75
    Michigan VirtualContent & Instructor$335
    Wisconsin VirtualContent & Instructor$290
    National AverageGenerally, Content & Instructor$237
  4. Awareness of the differences between technological innovation and learning innovation. 
    Technological Innovation
    Technological innovation refers to the introduction and integration of new technologies or significant improvements in existing technologies to enhance educational processes and infrastructure. Examples include learning management systems (LMS), virtual reality (VR) tools, and adaptive learning software.
    Learning Innovation
    Learning innovation involves the development and implementation of new teaching methods, educational practices, and learning strategies to improve student outcomes. Examples include project-based learning, flipped classroom models, and personalized learning paths.