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Quality assurance of eLearning
Improving eLearning through quality assurance and quality enhancement
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MOOCs and Quality: A Review of the Recent Literature

MOOCs and Quality: A Review of the Recent Literature | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

This literature review presents a number of different perspectives from a broad range of sources relating to the nature of MOOCs and considerations of quality.

 

It is an output from the recently established QAA MOOCs Network, which is designed to facilitate the sharing of experiences, knowledge and good practice in this area. More information about the Network is available through our MOOCs Network LinkedIn group, or via Twitter #MOOCsNetwork.

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European Quality Assurance Forum - Taking stock and looking forward

European Quality Assurance Forum - Taking stock and looking forward | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Hosted by the Quality Assurance Agency / UCL Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom

19-21 November 2015

 

The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) provides a unique platform for the higher education and quality assurance (QA) communities to monitor, shape and anticipate developments in the field. The main purpose of the Forum is to foster a dialogue on QA that bridges national boundaries and leads to a truly European discussion on QA in higher education, and to create a common European understanding of QA through discussions and networking among different stakeholder groups.

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QAA publishes position statement on MOOCs

QAA publishes position statement on MOOCs | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are free, open to all, online higher education courses. They offer higher education study by distance learning, with course information and resources available online.

 

In response to the growth in popularity and availability of MOOCs, QAA has published a statement that outlines how these courses relate to its review and enhancement activity.

QAA advises providers of higher education to use the Quality Code in developing all aspects of their programme offer, including MOOCs. The Quality Code is designed to be flexible, and its principles apply to all types of higher education provision.  

QAA also commits to working with providers that currently offer MOOCs and those that may do so in the future in order to identify and share sound practice in quality assurance and enhancement.

The statement makes it clear that QAA does not currently formally scrutinise MOOCs in review activity, but that providers are welcome to cite any work in developing these courses in evidence provided to QAA as part of a review.

Full details of QAA's position on MOOCs can be found in QAA's position statement on MOOCs - http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Newsroom/News/Documents/QAA-position-statement-MOOCs.pdf

 

 

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We need to talk about quality: MOOCs - a question of quality and standards?

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QAA one-day conference on the challenges of quality assuring Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs).

 

 

 

Event date:             8 July 2013         

Location: British Academy, London SW1   

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UK Quality Code for Higher Education - Part A, Chapter B1, Chapter B6 and Chapter B8

Consultation events for the UK Quality Code for Higher Education - Part A, Chapter B1, Chapter B6 and Chapter B8

 

QAA is opening its consultation on the content of Part A: Setting and maintaining threshold academic standards, Chapter B1: Programme design and approval, Chapter B6: Assessment of students and accreditation of prior learning and Chapter B8: Programme monitoring and review.

The four consultation documents, background information, and guidance about how to respond will be published at the beginning of June.

 

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QAA Annual Conference 2013

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Confidence in the future: assessing the benefits of quality assurance                

 

The QAA Annual Conference 2013 takes place on Tuesday 12 March at the historic Surgeons' Hall in the heart of Edinburgh, in association with the Times Higher Education.

 

Featuring keynote speeches, a series of breakout sessions on issues facing higher education and a Question Time panel, the conference is set to be a highlight in the QAA events calendar

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ENQA review: QAA takes its own medicine

 

QAA has confirmed that, in spring 2013, it is to undergo an external review by an international team appointed by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

ENQA promotes European co-operation in the field of quality assurance in higher education.  QAA was a founding member of ENQA and QAA staff member, Fiona Crozier, is currently Vice President.  Member agencies are required to undergo a review once every five years, with QAA last reviewed in 2008.

Early in 2013, QAA will submit a self-evaluation report to ENQA. A review team of experts will visit QAA's offices in late spring 2013.  A findings report will be produced by ENQA and published in the autumn of 2013. 

To inform the preparation of the self-evaluation report, QAA has held a number of workshops and meetings with QAA staff, QAA Board, QAA Student Advisory Board, QAA Sounding Board and other stakeholders, during October and November.

For more information about ENQA and to view the 2008 report on QAA, visit www.enqa.eu.

     

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Quality Matters 2012

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Quality Matters 2012 was held in Birmingham on Tuesday 9 October 2012. Aimed at elected students and students' union staff, over 100 attended the conference.

  The day delivered a number of debates, panel discussions and workshops - from empowering course representatives to discussing whether NSS was an accurate measure of quality.   This page contains links to resources from the day.
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Quality Code - Chapter B3: Learning and teaching

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The Quality Assurance Agency has today published the Chapter B3: Learning and teaching of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education.

 

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The Quality Code is the definitive reference point for all those involved in delivering higher education which leads to an award from or is validated by a UK higher education provider. It makes clear what institutions are required to do, what they can expect of each other, and what the general public can expect of all higher education providers. These Expectations express key matters of principle that the higher education community has identified as important for the assurance of quality and academic standards.

 

A consultation report which summarises the feedback given in the consultation for this Chapter has been published.

 

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The QAA quality mark: will the new scheme make the grade?

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The Quality Assurance Agency has created a new mark to reassure students and the public about the quality of, and standards in, UK higher education. But will QAA's model work, asks Newell Hampson-Jones?
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Quality mark launched by QAA

"The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) today (1 August) launches a new quality mark to assure students and the public of the quality and standards of UK higher education."

 

"In the initial rollout of the scheme, the quality mark will be available exclusively to QAA subscribers who have achieved positive outcomes in their institutional-level reviews.

QAA will monitor the initial rollout with a view to extending the scheme in due course to the full range of higher education providers it assures."

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QAA Annual Conference 2012

This week's podcast looks back at the recent QAA Annual Conference in London. It includes interviews with some of the students, higher education institutions, QAA staff, PSRBs, alternative providers, and other quality assurance experts who attended.

 

The delegates sum up the different seminars and various areas of quality assurance that were discussed and finally John Gill, Editor of Times Higher Education, gives his thoughts on the day.

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QAA Annual Conference 2012

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QAA Annual Conference 2012...

This year's QAA Annual Conference, which is in association with Times Higher Education, takes place on Monday 25 June 2012. The theme is Expanding the boundaries of higher education: new challenges in quality assurance.

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QAA Annual Conference 2015

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The QAA Annual Conference 2015 took place at New Dock Hall and The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on Thursday 11 June. This Conference provided an unique opportunity for quality professionals from QAA subscribing institutions to discuss current issues and strategy relating to the development of quality assurance policy and practice, and to work with colleagues from across the sector to discuss practical solutions and share good practice.

 

 

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This site contains links to the conference resources and presentations.

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QAA Annual Conference 2014: Meeting the expectations of the future

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We are pleased to announce that the QAA Annual Conference 2014 will take place on Thursday 26 June at Royal Holloway, University of London
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Quality4Students - QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for HE)

A video produced in partnership with QAA and The University of Wolverhampton to demonstrate the student voice system around quality. ~~~~ The Quality Assuran...
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We need to talk about quality: MOOCs - a question of quality and standards?

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QAA one-day conference on the challenges of quality assuring Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs).

 

Event date:  8 July 2013          Location: British Academy, London SW1

 

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QAA prepares for European review

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QAA prepares for European review

 

Self-evaluation report

 

As part of QAA's own reviews of higher education provision, universities, colleges and other providers are asked to submit reflections and a critical analysis of their own activity in the form of a self-evaluation report.

ENQA is no different. QAA has already submitted a self-evaluation report to the review team. The report summarises QAA's activity and progress since the last review, and indicates how QAA meets each of the European standards published by ENQA.  The self-evaluation report  was developed by QAA, in consultation with its Board of Directors, its Student Advisory Board and Sounding Board, as well as other stakeholders.

 

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QAA Quality Code website redevelopment blog

"Welcome to the Quality Code website redevelopment blog. This blog is run by a team in QAA currently working on developing a new interactive web platform to support the UK Quality Code for Higher Education"


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QAA responds to risk-based quality assurance report

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QAA responds to risk-based quality assurance report...

 

Anthony McClaran, Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), said: 'QAA welcomes the outcome of HEFCE's consultation on a more risk-based approach to higher education quality assurance in England.

'The proposals provide a sensible balance between better regulation for universities and colleges, and the need to safeguard quality and standards that enhance students' experience of higher education.

'QAA looks forward to consulting with students and the higher education sector this winter, and to begin reviews under the new system in January 2014.'

 

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Engaging in Quality: towards an inclusive partnership

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QAA announcement:

 

Launch event for Chapter B3: Learning and teaching and Chapter B5: Student engagement of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education                

Event date:             7 November 2012        

Location:                Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel, Manchester

"QAA published Chapter B5: Student engagement of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education at the end of June 2012 and will be publishing Chapter B3: Learning and teaching at the end of September. These two Chapters share common themes in relation to the way higher education providers work in partnership with their students to deliver a high quality experience."

 

"The aims of this event are to introduce some of the key themes of these two new Chapters, provide further feedback on some of the issues raised during the consultation process, and help delegates share sound practice."

 

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Student reviewers for Review of College Higher Education and Initial Review

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We wish to invite students, sabbatical officers (if applicable) and recent graduates to apply to become members of QAA review teams from September 2012. Although we are currently recruiting students to undertake Review of College Higher Education and Initial Review, appointed reviewers may also have the opportunity to take part in other methods of review.

Review of College Higher Education is the new method of reviewing higher education provided by further education colleges in England. It will replace the Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review (IQER).

 

Initial Review will be used to review higher education provided by colleges which have received student places from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for 2012-13 and which did not undergo Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review (IQER).

We wish to appoint students who have current or recent experience of studying in higher education, normally equivalent to at least one year's full-time study, and who also have experience in representing students' interests in their place of study. Where possible, for the purposes of Review of College Higher Education and Initial Review, this experience would have been gained from studying for a higher education qualification in a further education college in England, or having some other relevant experience of the sector.

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Quality Code consultation on learning and teaching

This QAA podcast goes to consultation events to discuss the Quality Code - Chapter B3: Learning and teaching.
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QAA Annual Conference 2012 - Film recordings of keynotes addresses and interviews now available

QAA Annual Conference 2012 - Film recordings of keynotes addresses and interviews now available | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

"This year's QAA Annual Conference, in association with Times Higher Education, took place on Monday 25 June 2012. The theme was Expanding the boundaries of higher education: new challenges in quality assurance."

 

Film recordings of keynotes addresses and interviews are now available on this site. 

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Student engagement: whose education is it anyway?

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Student engagement: whose education is it anyway? An online discussion about student engagement featuring panellists from across the UK higher education sector.
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