Quality in higher education is the major concern among researchers. Managing quality in higher education in a multicultural population with different approaches is not only challenging but an uphill task. This paper will focus on quality concern in higher education keeping in view, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) perspectives. A model to maintain the quality in higher education and current higher education quality practices in UAE will be explored along with its challenges.
Twelve top British universities have signed up to Futurelearn, a new programme offering free degree-style online courses to the public in direct competition with US-led rivals Coursera and edX.
Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
"MOOCs are a form of 'direct-to-students' education: Students do not need to enroll in a college or university; offerings are available on-demand to anyone... As with any effort at change in higher education, the emergence of MOOCs has quickly been accompanied by questions about their quality, a key element in their staying power. Are students learning? How do we know? Such discussions often lead to discussion of accreditation, higher education’s primary means of assuring and improving quality. If there is a role for accreditation with MOOCs, what might this be? If accreditation is not an appropriate vehicle for quality review for MOOCs, what is?"
‘A Scottish university has been named as the UK's university of the year in the Times Higher Education Awards.’
‘Strathclyde University claimed the title at a ceremony in London ahead of five other shortlisted institutions.’
‘The judges described Strathclyde as a "bold, imaginative and innovative institution", and said the university's dedication to working with industry "took concrete form in the past year, giving a modern slant to its 18th-century founder's vision of a place of useful learning".’
"As the number of K-12 students who take online courses continues to grow — more than two million are currently enrolled — the need to uphold rigorous standards to online education is becoming that much more important. And with criticism leveled at many online schools for poor academic performance, the online education model needs to create a more accurate way to assess the quality of the dozens of programs in the space."
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