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ENQA review: QAA takes its own medicine

ENQA review: QAA takes its own medicine

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Ian Giles's curator insight, December 14, 2012 11:54 AM

QAA will be subject to to a review by ENQA, the European body that reviews national QA agencies.  

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Administrators Place Responsibility on Professors for Innovative Digital Education - Higher Education

Administrators Place Responsibility on Professors for Innovative Digital Education - Higher Education | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
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Higher education: our MP3 is the mooc

Higher education: our MP3 is the mooc | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
Academics have watched the internet change the music industry, books and news. And yet, now it's happening in higher education, we are about to screw it up, says Clay Shirky
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Quality in Higher Education: United Arab Emirates Perspective | Soomro | Higher Education Studies

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.


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UK universities to launch free degree-style online courses

UK universities to launch free degree-style online courses | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
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.
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Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 14, 2012 5:52 AM

Note that The Telegraph´s article by Andrew Marszal stresses that this new company, Futurelearn, is being launched by the Open University and that it will operate "in direct rivalry with established American course platforms such as Coursera and Harvard-based edX".

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MOOCs and Accreditation: Focus on the Quality of 'Direct-to-Students' Education

MOOCs and Accreditation: Focus on the Quality of 'Direct-to-Students' Education | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

"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?"


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Award for Scots university | Herald Scotland

‘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".’

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Times Higher Education - Exam board's Open marriage set to offer colleges greater independence

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Review of Transnational Education in mainland China 2012

During 2012 QAA is undertaking a review of higher education in mainland China where the awarding body is a UK higher education institution - also known as transnational higher education (TNE).

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University View - Natasha Kemp

University View - Natasha Kemp | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
THE traditional journey through higher education has changed forever. Gone are the days of the simple route from fresher to graduate to cast-iron job.
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Enterprising universities should not be scared of making mistakes

Enterprising universities should not be scared of making mistakes | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
Embracing failure in management, learning and teaching allows for Embracing failure in management, learning and teaching allows for creative approaches to problem solving, says Nick Petford...
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Times Higher Education - The price of quality and innovation is failure

Times Higher Education - The price of quality and innovation is failure | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

David Matthews reports from the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha and hears Tony Blair's former adviser argue for university 'turnover'

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Guardian University Awards: shortlist

Guardian University Awards: shortlist | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
The shortlist for the inaugural Guardian University Awards, rewarding projects across the sector, has been announced
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Dominic Passfield's tip on student engagement

Dominic Passfield, staff at QAA, gives his tip on student engagement.
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A checklist for e-learning quality: Six factors to quality e-learning design

A checklist for e-learning quality: Six factors to quality e-learning design | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

"I am working with Subject Matter Experts to manage the development of an e-learning course. What can I do to help the SMEs understand what is required for a quality e-learning outcome?"


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Quality assurance in transnational education: are we meeting all our stakeholders needs? at Going Global 2013

Quality assurance in transnational education: are we meeting all our stakeholders needs?  at Going Global 2013 | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

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How to Uphold Online Learning Standards to Quality Education

How to Uphold Online Learning Standards to Quality Education | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

"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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Taking a year out leaves a gap in your self-esteem - Telegraph

Taking a year out leaves a gap in your self-esteem  - Telegraph | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
Gap year students are more likely to have skipped school, smoked cannabis and earned less by the age of 30.
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Times Higher Education - Willetts gives green light for 10 new universities

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Open access: why academic publishers still add value

Open access: why academic publishers still add value | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it

Alexander Brown stands up for publishers, justifying their costs and explaining how they help move science forward...


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Could universities learn from free schools on standardised assessment?

Could universities learn from free schools on standardised assessment? | Quality and standards in higher education | Scoop.it
Degrees from different institutions remain hard to compare – Gill Wyness looks at some alternatives to current accreditation...
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Welsh universities produce fewer top degrees than other UK nations

Concerns have been raised about the standard of Welsh higher education after figures revealed universities in Wales produce fewer top degrees than any other home nation.

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