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.
This website, developed as part of the Quest for Quality for Students project (QUEST), run by the European Students' Union (ESU), contains a set of resources and training materials that allows members of ESU's Students Experts' Pool on Quality Assurance to perform their role, student representatives to engage in activities related to the quality of higher education and enhances the student learning experience. It is also useful to staff members of institutions that deal with quality assurance of higher education to understand students' roles in these processes.
This website contains four sections to reach this purpose:
QA Student Experts - explains the function of ESU's Students Experts Pool and student involvement in quality assurance of higher education.
For students - explains the basics of quality assurance in general and provides tips for lively activity exercises, such as debates and games.
For institutions - is directed at institutional staff and explains the benefits of including students in quality assurance and enhancement.
The library - contains important information and reading material related to the topic, including publications that have been released as part of the QUEST project and a glossary of useful terms.
The Quality Assurance Agency describes quality assurance as “the means through which an institution ensures and confirms that the conditions are in place for students to achieve the standards set by it or by another awarding body” (QAA 2004), and quality enhancement as “the process of taking deliberate steps at institutional level to improve the quality of learning opportunities....
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the Distance Learning Quality Issues published by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB-International) to document the various characteristics that high-quality online courses must possess. A content analysis methodology was employed to examine the seven quality issues to develop a high-quality framework to assist business schools’ faculty and administrators and other educators in planning, designing, evaluating, and continually revising online courses
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... of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) as the coordinator and the European Foundation for Quality in e-learning (EFQUEL) and the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) ...
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Does eLearning Improve as More People are Able to Create it?
I don’t think it necessarily does. The profusion of content and authoring systems do mean that it is easier to put together quality content, but they also make it easier to put together poor quality content. In my experience with teachers and multimedia/interactive content, it is quite difficult to get them even to evaluate it for their own use, let alone suggest useful modifications to suit their students (you can’t skim or scan a SCORM package, or even a Powerpoint presentation!). A lot of the material we have been trying to put together has been based around Study and Life Skills and the challenge is to make these engaging whilst still providing a valuable learning experience.