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Quality assurance of eLearning
Improving eLearning through quality assurance and quality enhancement
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QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: Building a community (1)

QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: Building a community (1) | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

epprobate is developing into a modern Community of Practice.  It has always had an open culture, giving information and being a part of new thinking about quality in e-learning.  It has always welcomed newcomers (that’s how I joined) and is eager to learn as much as teach.  epprobate acts as a champion for quality in Courseware but it is also open to supporting quality in e-learning generally and the mix of ideas leads to new ways of approaching quality issues.  There are changes happening at epprobate and I for one will be eager to see the results.  Whatever they are it will be good for quality in e-learning!

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Assessments and Learning Objectives Go Hand-in-Hand in E ...

Assessments and Learning Objectives Go Hand-in-Hand in E ... | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Good assessment practice is designed to ensure that, in order to pass the module or programme, students have to demonstrate they have achieved the intended learning outcomes”. – The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher ...
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The failure of Udacity: lessons on quality for future MOOCs

The failure of Udacity: lessons on quality for future MOOCs | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
The promise was simple, but the idea couldn’t have been bigger.Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) would make courses from Harvard and MIT available free to anyone with an internet connection.
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UAE commission seeks to raise the bar for higher education in the Middle East - The National

UAE commission seeks to raise the bar for higher education in the Middle East - The National | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
UAE commission seeks to raise the bar for higher education in the Middle East The National “Benchmarks need to be set in areas such as e-learning so we can increase the trust in Arab higher education, which is a must and something we all need to...
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Completion Rates - A False Trail to Measuring Course Quality? Let's ...

Completion Rates - A False Trail to Measuring Course Quality? Let's ... | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
We believe that the time has come to move away from theoretical models of learning where web-based learning/distance learning/e-learning are seen as simply emphasizing the separation of teacher and students.

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Based on research - they conclude that lower completion rates are caused not by delivery method, but other factors: "Differences in completion rates revealed themselves to be more substantial between faculties than between distribution forms. The key-factor lies in design. Courses with the highest completion rates had three things in common; active discussion forums, complementing media and collaborative activities. We believe that the time has come to move away from theoretical models of learning where web-based learning/distance learning/e-learning are seen as simply emphasizing the separation of teacher and students. Low completion rates should instead be addressed as a lack of insight and respect for the consequences of online pedagogical practice and its prerequisites."

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MOOCathon in Barcelona

MOOCathon in Barcelona | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
During the EFQUEL Innovation Forum 2013 in Barcelona we held a three session long MOOCathon. The aim was to present and reflect on the findings of the MOOC Quality Project and ask participants to i...
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TIC et apprentissage: quand qualité rime avec efficacité

TIC et apprentissage: quand qualité rime avec efficacité | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Qualité des dispositifs d'apprentissage ne rimant pas toujours avec efficacité pédagogique, l'AWT fait le point sur les outils et bonnes pratiques en matière de conception de dispositifs d'apprentissage intégrant les Technologies de l'Information ...
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Quality Assurance in Large Scale Online Course Production

By Cinda Holsombach-Ebner Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

 

Introduction

The course design and development process (often referred to  here as the “production process”) at ERAU-Worldwide aims to produce turnkey  style courses to be taught by a highly-qualified pool of over 800 instructors.  Given the high number of online courses and tremendous number of live sections  running at any given time, maintaining quality was a significant concern. The  model of faculty instructors each producing and delivering their own online  course would make achieving consistency in design and delivery difficult. While  this production model is common at many schools, it is known to be ineffective  (Bates, 2000, Laird, 2004, Chao, Saj, & Hamilton, 2010), so at  ERAU-Worldwide it was decided to centralize the process using a collaborative  course production team, administered through the Instructional Design and  Development (IDD) department. Over time, a process evolved that ensures healthy  collaboration among production team members and meeting quality standards based  on sound learning, teaching and instructional design theoretical foundations,  both factors cited as key influences on the success of distance learning  efforts (Chao, Saj, & Hamilton, 2010). Several ERAU-Worldwide courses have  won industry awards, including Quality Matters and Blackboard’s Exemplary  Course Program, and the influence of the external course review and awards  process on the establishment of course design and development quality standards  will be addressed below in detail.

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Open Learning Cultures

Open Learning Cultures | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Ulf-Daniel Ehlers (2013): Open Learning Cultures. A Guide to Quality, Evaluation and Assessment for Future Learning. New York (Springer) It is true... an avalanche is coming! It will hit the univer...
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EIF2014 – LINQ 2014: The call for proposals is now open!

EIF2014 – LINQ 2014: The call for proposals is now open! | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
In 2014 EFQUEL will join forces with the LINQ 2014 Conference to create a mega event for Quality and Innovation in education and learning.
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EIF2013 online news

EIF2013 online news | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Follow the latest news, interesting articles, presentations and audio interviews with speakers and participants here: http://www.scoop.it/t/eif2013
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Workshop in focus: Quality in VET. How to bridge (non-)formal (e-)education, required skills and competences and the world of work?

Workshop in focus: Quality in VET. How to bridge (non-)formal (e-)education, required skills and competences and the world of work? | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
This workshop examines the key factors that has to be reflected for modernizing (non-)formal vocational (e-)education and for improving the quality and fit of VET.
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Quality in online education: an interview with professor Torstein Rekkedal / Intervjuer med gode nettlærere og nettstudenter / Kompetente lærere og fagfolk med lang erfaring / Nettstudier og nettku...

Quality in online education: an interview with professor Torstein Rekkedal / Intervjuer med gode nettlærere og nettstudenter / Kompetente lærere og fagfolk med lang erfaring / Nettstudier og nettku... | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Professor Torstein Rekkedal is chairing Campus NooA's International quality board  which is set up to support NooA in assuring, maintaining and developing the quality of NooA’s total operations. This includes information of courses and programmes, administration of courses and programmes and student services, course contents, teaching and learning methodology, evaluation of students, and teacher qualifications.

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New EFQUEL Publication Out: “Improving Quality of Vocational Training Tools, Frameworks and Current Practices” | EFQUEL

New EFQUEL Publication Out: “Improving Quality of Vocational Training Tools, Frameworks and Current Practices” | EFQUEL | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

In Spring 2013 we invited book chapters with the aim of contributing to the knowledge base on quality in vocational education and training. Given the recent launch of the EQAVET indicators, we were mainly interested in three topics within the VET sector: Methodologies and Use Cases of Quality Indicators; ICT for Evaluation and Self Evaluation; and Investment in training of teachers and trainers. The book presents a selection of insightful chapters received from dedicated researchers and VET practitioners from all around Europe and beyond. You can download the publication here. Enjoy the read. Editors: Anne-Christin Tannhäuser & Sandra Feliciano

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LINQ 2014 | LINQ

LINQ 2014 | LINQ | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

 

LINQ 2014 will address innovations and quality in lifelong learning, education and training: potential points of access to this field include new learning methods and design, technology-enhanced learning, quality standards and certification, human resources development, competences and skills, digital resources, learning materials, and online collaboration and communities.

 

We are happy to announce that the 9th EFQUEL Innovation Forum 2014 will take place in conjunction with the LINQ 2014 Conference to shape the 2014 mega event for quality and innovation in education and learning. The 9th EFQUEL Innovation Forum in 2014 will address one of the greatest challenges in today’s quality development for education and training: how to achieve quality for opening up education (http://eif.efquel.org).

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IMS Global Learning Consortium: Interoperability Standards for Education by Bill Brandon : Learning Solutions Magazine

IMS Global Learning Consortium: Interoperability Standards for Education by Bill  Brandon : Learning Solutions Magazine | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Standards for interoperability are increasingly important as platforms, applications, systems, and technologies for learning and education proliferate. Many readers of this magazine are already familiar with SCORM and the Experience API (xAPI), learning management systems (LMSs), and Learning Record Stores (LRSs) because of the attention that government and corporate organizations have given them.

But what about the education field? The challenges for communicating information and for application compatibility become even greater there as educators strive to comply with national and state initiatives, such as (in the United States) Race to the Top and Common Core.

The IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) is an international organization that develops open standards to meet these challenges. In this article, I offer a high-level overview of the group: a brief history and statement of its mission, its major standards, and a glimpse of where it is headed. The intent is to follow up in later articles with more in-depth looks at the major initiatives of IMS GLC.

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QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: The History of Quality in Online and Distance learning in less than 100 words?

QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: The History of Quality in Online and Distance learning in less than 100 words? | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Once upon a time education was based in institutions, which were seen as seats of learning.  Every day people would accept the quality of the courses they took, presented by people they trusted to get them through exams.  One day the internet gave people the opportunity to comment publicly on the quality of the products they bought.  Because of that clever companies like Amazon took advantage of these comments to encourage buyers’ confidence and improve sales.  Because of that people started looking for reviews of products in all sorts of selling areas before they made a purchase. Until finallyeducation realised that students are the best judges of course quality and began to prove the quality of their courses by showing student reviews alongside adverts for courses.

 To be fair this is a few more words than 100 (127 if you wish to count) and the ‘Until finally’ bit might look like wishful thinking but it is happening now on the Unistats website (https://unistats.direct.gov.uk/) which is being linked by universities to their prospectus information against particular courses.
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Survey on OER quality and pedagogy in higher education

Educators and researchers working in the field of Open Educational Resources (OER) are invited to participate in a survey aimed at developing and validating a set of quality and pedagogical guidelines for the use of OER in higher education.

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QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: 7 Reasons for not providing good quality e-learning

QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: 7 Reasons for not providing good quality e-learning | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

I have been in and involved with e-learning for many years and see the same excuses for poor quality now as I did when I first started, so I thought I would give seven of them an airing:

 
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The xAPI and the LMS: What Does the Future Hold? (Part 4 of 4) by Steve Foreman : Learning Solutions Magazine

The xAPI and the LMS: What Does the Future Hold? (Part 4 of 4) by Steve  Foreman : Learning Solutions Magazine | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) standards: SCORM & xAPI

ADL is a standards body that began as a joint project of the US Department of Defense and the Department of Labor, and with industry participation. You may know ADL as the organization that brought us the SCORM standard.

SCORM, which is an acronym for Sharable Content Object Reference Model, is a standard specification for publishing, launching, and tracking eLearning and it remains a dominant standard in the eLearning industry. Essentially, SCORM-compliant eLearning courses can interoperate with any learning management system that also supports SCORM.

First published in 2000, they updated SCORM several times over the next decade. Many eLearning authoring tools and LMS products support the SCORM standard.

Since 2009, not much has happened with SCORM, which they designed for use with traditional eLearning design. SCORM is ill equipped to handle non-traditional learning that is informal, social, and mobile.

Around 2010, ADL recognized a need to define an updated standard that could overcome many of SCORM’s inherent limitations. SCORM is constrained to tracking specific course-oriented things like lesson pages viewed, test scores, and module completions. SCORM also relies on JavaScript, which makes it difficult to implement in mobile apps.

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e4qualityinnovationandlearning

e4qualityinnovationandlearning | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Ebba Ossiannilsson writes:

 

REFLECTIONS ON THE ANNUAL EFQUEL INNOVATION FORUM 2013, BARCELONA 25-27 SEPTEMER 2013

 The  EFQUEL Innovation Forum 2013  was held this year at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona 26-27 September 2013. The conference theme Refocusing Quality of e-learning attracted more participants than ever and from many continents. The conference was a great success and being in the programme committe it was a nice and busy time both in the planning process and during the conference. I was also happy to be elected to the board of EFQUEL and I am  looking forward to be even more involved. I also did some disseminatiion on social media during the conference.
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T`rès utile pour comprendre l´actualité e-learning.

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Publications - Maastricht school of Management

Publications - Maastricht school of Management | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Download from: http://www.msm.nl/getattachment/157045a9-7e26-4724-89b5-9e3788b2cd42

 

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The corridor of uncertainty: Integrating the e- into learning - EFQUEL Innovation Forum 2013

The corridor of uncertainty: Integrating the e- into learning - EFQUEL Innovation Forum 2013 | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

We are at last moving from a divided view of quality in education (traditional/e-learning) to a single concept of learning and teaching. Representatives of the major European higher education organisations ENQA, EUA, EURASHE and ESUwere all active contributors and ready to start a common discussion about how the area of e-learning quality can be integrated into traditional quality assurance criteria for higher education. This feels like a major breakthrough and hopefully specialist e-learning quality organisations will be able to contribute actively to the development of mainstream quality assurance in higher education.

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Publication on Quality in VET

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EFQUEL will shortly publish a book entitled: “Improving Quality of Vocational Training – Tools, Frameworks and Current Practices”.
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QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: Pile ‘em high; sell ‘em cheap!

QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: Pile ‘em high; sell ‘em cheap! | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

 

 

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So what has all this got to do with education and in particular online education?

 Well for a start I see education as being akin to selling and, before you all write comments to object to the analogy, not the old fashioned, second-hand car type selling.  I mean the selling of ideas, bringing our audience (students/ learners, etc.) to a new way of understanding, hopefully, somewhere near to our own. Dan Pink’s book is all about the selling of ideas.  The idea behind the Analysis part of ADDIE is that we take the perspective of our learners, understand their background, family, experience and approach to learning.  We already have the Tesco’s model in education with the current class sizes, universities opening their doors to wider participation and industry entertaining online education.  We have teachers, lecturers and trainers who try to make sure that quality is also considered; they supply quality environments and attempt to limit online class sizes; they encourage small group interaction, self-development and self-directed learning; they support, cajole, scaffold and guard netiquette.  But there are changes afoot in education.  Course developers are encouraged to skip past the analysis stage(s), which provide the chance for perception-taking; course owners wish to reduce the cost of courses – and MOOCs have entered the marketplace.   So now we have “pile ‘em high and sell ‘em cheap” in education but with a difference.  It is the students we are piling high and it is the courses we are selling cheap. 
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