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Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

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Quality control has traditionally been the forte of publishing companies: editors and reviewers carefully go over the content to eliminate not only typos, but thoroughly check facts, formulations, and conceptual correctness. Errors in the materials can be very painful when teaching a class, particularly when it comes to homework or exams. Educators thus place high value on quality control. Once again, OERs are at an apparent disadvantage, usually lacking editorial staff. Some repositories thus resort to explicit peer review — generally a good approach, but not a scalable one.

 

If an educator chooses a resource, that also is peer review. This type of peer review is not punitive in nature; instead, it provides explicit peer approval and only implicitly the lack thereof. If many students in many courses work successfully through the resource, reliability is established. Particularly for assessment resources, difficulty, time-on-task, and other analytics can be gathered to establish their reliability and viability. If explanatory content is used in the context of assessment content, learning effectiveness can be established by looking at intervening content accesses between failed and successful attempts to solve a problem, essentially data-mining the access paths. All of this data once again contributes to the dynamic metadata of the resources to establish quality and search rankings. Simple? No, currently impossible, because once again deployment is disconnected from the repository. Once again, there is no feedback loop.

 

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Leading UK Distance Learning Provider, Resource Development International (RDI), Approved to Offer Degrees - WSJ.com

Leading UK Distance Learning Provider, Resource Development International (RDI), Approved to Offer Degrees - WSJ.com | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Resource Development International (RDI), a leading independent provider of United Kingdom (UK) university qualifications by distance learning, and a subsidiary of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA), has announced that it has been granted degree-awarding powers.

Taught degree-awarding powers (TDAP) are granted by the Privy Council, part of the UK government, following rigorous scrutiny by the UK's Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education.

RDI, which is based in Coventry, England, has a 24-year history of pioneering online distance learning. It is now able to develop its own degree programs to meet the growing UK and international demand for its affordable, flexible learning model.

The organization now plans to apply for university title and then launch a new UK online distance learning university -- one of only a few dedicated distance learning universities in the UK. The new online university will build on RDI's success in exporting UK university education overseas by offering increased provision for international students, as well as meeting growing demand from UK students.

"This is the culmination of 24 years of work to develop RDI into an organization that complements the UK campus university sector by providing students with affordable and flexible study choices," said Dr. Philip Hallam, chief executive of RDI. "Achieving degree-awarding powers is the result of rigorous scrutiny by the UK's Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education and demonstrates that RDI has met the high standards it requires in the UK university sector. We are now entering an exciting new phase in which we will apply for university title and develop our own programs to meet growing UK and international demand for our provision."

"RDI offers the flexible learning opportunities that are vital to so many students," said UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts. "The UK government is keen to encourage greater competition and diversity in higher education provision, and it is right that institutions like RDI, that have met the rigorous standards required, should be granted the power to award their own degrees."

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Check out the updated EIF/LINQ 2014 programme!

Check out the updated EIF/LINQ 2014 programme! | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Leading industry experts, amazing keynote speeches… 4 parallel sessions, including interactive workshops, paper sessions and project presentations – all designed and scheduled for you to discover how to achieve quality for opening up...
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Online course regulation would burden states

Online course regulation would burden states | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Dive Brief:The U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulations for online education programs that operate across state lines could create a new headache for state regulators.New regulations would require the providers of online courses to obtain approval from every state they enroll students in. States would not be allowed to exempt an online educator from their formal review if that provider is accredited, which is now a common practice.Many state regulators say that requirement would unfairly burden them with a significant number of reviews, some of which would be for out-of-state institutions with only a few students in the regulator’s state.

 

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European Seminar on Excellence in ICT enhanced Higher Education

European Seminar on Excellence in ICT enhanced Higher Education | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
7th of May, Crete (in the framework of the EIF2014)
Review and certification of institutions and programs in their use of ICT for learning gains importance.
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New proposal for updated quality assurance norms - University World News

Europe's E4 Group of leading higher education associations last week published a joint proposal for "Revised Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area", aimed at clearing up potential confusion and making a more direct link to the learning and teaching process.

The document focused on internal and external quality assurance as well as quality assurance agencies.

Recommendations include that institutions implement policies that should be made public and form part of their strategic management. Teaching standards were also covered: institutions should assure themselves of the competence of their lecturers, and have a fair and transparent process for recruiting and developing them.

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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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Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers

Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Conference proceedings removed from subscription databases after scientist reveals that they were computer-generated.
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INQAAHE Forum 2014 – Partnerships in Quality Assurance in Higher Education!

INQAAHE Forum 2014 – Partnerships in Quality Assurance in Higher Education! | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered…
How QA processes might benefit from engaging different groups of external stakeholders, such as employers and students?
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Quest for Quality for Students (QUEST) | Home

Quest for Quality for Students (QUEST) | Home | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

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.

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Opening teaching landscapes: The importance of quality assurance in the delivery of open educational resources | Atenas | Open Praxis

Opening teaching landscapes: The importance of quality assurance in the delivery of open educational resources

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Opening teaching landscapes: The importance of quality assurance in the delivery of open educational resources | Atenas | Open Praxis

Opening teaching landscapes: The importance of quality assurance in the delivery of open educational resources

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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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معايير جودة التعليم الإلكتروني عبر الإنترنت – الجزء الثاني

معايير جودة التعليم الإلكتروني عبر الإنترنت – الجزء الثاني | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
ضمان جودة التعلم عبر الإنترنت في مجال التعليم العالي يتطلب في المقام الأول رؤية مؤسسية يصاحبها الالتزام و القيادة، و التخطيط السليم، مع وجوب ضمان توفر ذلك عند الشركاء. سياسة التعلم عبر الإنترنت يجب...
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QUALITY STANDARDS FOR E-LEARNING OVER THE INTERNET - PART II

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New Zealand’s eLearning guidelines revamp | eLearning Guidelines

New Zealand’s eLearning guidelines revamp | eLearning Guidelines | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

New Zealand’s eLearning guidelines (eLg) enter a new era this week with the launch of the updated and expanded guidelines to better support eLearning decision-making in the tertiary sector.  

The guidelines support individuals and organisations wanting to develop or enhance their online teaching and learning. The 2014 eLg also consider new technologies developed since the guidelines were first established in 2004. This is supported by the launch of a new eLg website, which provides an interactive platform for people interested in engaging with the comprehensive material, and those keen to contribute to its future development.

The revamped guidelines now consider technology-supported teaching and learning from five different perspectives, with organisational leaders and quality assurance bodies joining the existing learner, teacher and manager perspectives.  

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Join the Idea Sharing Workshop – Early Collaboration on the MOOC “Quality in E-Learning”

Join the Idea Sharing Workshop –  Early Collaboration on the MOOC “Quality in E-Learning” | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
In this workshops participants are asked to either bring ideas on projects and initiatives for open education (course design, open text books, etc.) or the willingness to join in or provide constructive feedback on the ideas of peers.
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Guides to quality in formal and ‘post-traditional’ online learning: two publications

Guides to quality in formal and ‘post-traditional’ online learning: two publications | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Butcher, N. and Wilson-Strydom, M. (2013) A Guide to Quality in Online Learning Dallas TX: Academic Partnerships

Butcher, N. and Hoosen, S. (2014) A Guide to Quality in Post-traditional Online Higher Education Dallas TX: Academic Partnerships

With Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić and Sir John Daniel editors of both publications, Academic Partnerships has sponsored and published these two guides to quality in online learning, the 2013 publication focusing on formal higher education and the 2014 publication focusing on ‘post-traditional’ higher education.

 

- See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/03/25/guides-to-quality-in-formal-and-non-formal-online-learning-two-publications/#sthash.kk0fTOIZ.dpuf

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National or international quality standards - or both? - University World News

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Whether a rapidly changing higher education world needs a single set of quality standards was a major topic of debate at a meeting of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation's International Quality Group, or CIQG, held in Washington DC. There was some consensus around developing global standards that are able to articulate with strong national quality systems.

Peter Okebukola, president of the Global University Network for Innovation - Africa, and a member of the CIQG advisory council, summed up the discussion this way:

"The overall essence, whether national, regional or composite international standards, is to ensure that the higher education system in terms of its processes and products reflects the aspirations and socio-cultural context of the community which the system serves while recognising the increasingly global nature of higher education delivery."

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Three Institutions, Three Approaches, One Goal: Addressing Quality Assurance in Online Learning | The Sloan Consortium

Three Institutions, Three Approaches, One Goal: Addressing Quality Assurance in Online Learning | The Sloan Consortium | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
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The rapid growth of online academic programs in higher education has prompted institutions to develop processes and implement strategies to ensure the quality of their online offerings. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach, there are quality standards that institutions can effectively implement regardless of context. This paper examines the approaches of three different types of institutions in addressing quality assurance in online education on their respective campuses. Specifically, this paper presents three case studies and describes each institution’s (1) background and overview, (2) definition of quality, (3) general approach to quality assurance, (4) models and strategies, (5) goals, (6) successes, (7) challenges, and (8) lessons learned. A comparison reveals that despite differences in scope, size, location, mission, and extent of online development, there is consistency in the institutions’ strategies to addressing quality assurance in online learning.

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Two More Things that Bug me About Quality in e-Learning

Two More Things that Bug me About Quality in e-Learning | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

We would be better off to talk about Excellence in e-Learning, or my preferred term of Excellence in e-Education. The other thing that the chart illustrates is that most quality standards tend to aim at the large middle section – which is indicative of being good enough, rather than excellent. It’s really not that high a bar. My suggestion is that you stop talking about Quality, and start talking about Excellence.


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Barry Dahl's curator insight, February 7, 10:08 AM

Online course completions continue to get better and better, as we figure out how to be more effective online educators and as students learn how to be better online learners. If anything, the e-Learning Atheists (naysayers) should be concerned that the difference in rates is so small, and getting smaller. More about those improving completion rates next time.

Catherine Pascal's curator insight, February 9, 11:32 AM

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INNOQUAL call for papers, special issue on Quality of MOOCs

INNOQUAL call for papers, special issue on Quality of MOOCs | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
The next issue of INNOQUAL is foreseen to be published in May 2014 and welcomes submissions until the 31st of March on:
INNOQUAL themes (permanent) and
a special issue on “Quality in MOOCs”
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e-Learning Acupuncture: Quality Matters is Cool

e-Learning Acupuncture: Quality Matters is Cool | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
The university that I work at just purchased an institutional membership to the Quality Matters (QM) Program. If you are not familiar with QM, it's basically a quality assurance program for online courses that is faculty-centered, ...
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Involving students in quality assurance - University World News

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Preliminary programme online

Preliminary programme online | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
A preliminary conference programme is now available for download here: http://eif.efquel.org/programme-2014/
 
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Principles of Software Testing & Quality Assurance Preview

This course presents strategies that will confirm that the software under development meets the business requirements and solves the problem. It goes further...
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Supporting Quality in e-learning European NeTworks – SEQUENT ...

Supporting Quality in e-learning European NeTworks – SEQUENT ... | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
... 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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