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

The QAA quality mark: will the new scheme make the grade? | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
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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An Academic Ghostwriter Comes Clean - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education

An Academic Ghostwriter Comes Clean - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

When The Chronicle published a confessional essay two years ago by a writer for a student-paper mill who had spent nearly a decade helping college students cheat on their assignments, it provoked anger, astonishment, and weary resignation.

 

The writer, under the pseudonym Ed Dante, said he had completed scores of papers for students who were too lazy or simply unprepared for their work at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels.

 

Dave Tomar, who helped students cheat for nearly a decade, is at a loss to say what colleges should do differently. "I think everyone is a co-conspirator," he says.

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Udacity Cancels Free Online Math Course, Citing Low Quality - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Udacity, a start-up company offering free online courses, last week canceled a course, “Logic and Discrete Mathematics,” that was due to begin this summer, saying the lectures and materials it had prepared on the topic did not live up to its quality standards.

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Book review - Quality assurance and accreditation in distance education and e-learning

Book review - Quality assurance and accreditation in distance education and e-learning | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Book review by Shattuck  - Quality assurance and accreditation in distance education and e-learning: Models, policies and research.

Review published in: The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

 

The book that Jung and Latchem pulled together provides much-needed discussion on just what quality assurance in distance education is. It also provides conceptual organizational models and practical strategies for continually working towards quality improvement and for transparently tracking and documenting outcomes. Most importantly, this book finally brings quality assurance from being a lofty ideal into the realm of practical discussion.

 

Book available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415887359/


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Times Higher Education - Chile rescinds accreditation of Apollo for-profit

"In its decision, the council said the university's goals and planning lacked clarity, and it criticised internal quality assurance mechanisms. It also expressed uncertainty over the institution's long-term sustainability and concern that its large projections of growth in e-learning would not guarantee adequate levels of quality."

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Best Practice Report: 8 Key Areas for Measuring Quality Effectively by Travis Colton

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Best Practice Report: 8 Key Areas for Measuring Quality Effectively by Travis Colton - Foundational and Emerging Practices in Quality Measurement Are you really as good as you think you are?
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eLearning 2011 - The Third International Conference eLearning-2012

"This annual conference serves as international forum for researches, developers and educators to discuss about technology, innovation and best practices in e-learning, distance education and new learning opportunities. This year, the eLearning-2012 conference will pay special attention to all aspects of quality assurance in e-learning and accreditation issues in higher education sector as well as other sectors. The conference covers technical and non-technical issues for this type of education."

 

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Call for Chapters: Assessment and Evaluation of Time Factors in Online Teaching and Learning

Editors  Elena Barbera (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)
Peter Reimann (University of Sydney, Australia)
Call for Chapters  

Proposals Submission Deadline:  September 15, 2012
Submission Date: May 13, 2013

Introduction

Although the time factor does not usually appear as a keyword for research and conferences, within the research community it is increasingly seen as a crucial aspect of online learning. This book is the first that combines empirical and methodological research to study the role of time comprehensively from three perspectives: from an institutional and management perspective (decisions and policies), from a technological perspective (tools and software), and from a pedagogical perspective (scaffolding, teaching and learning). Focusing on higher education, the book will not only provide important contributions to scholarly knowledge on temporal matters in online education, but also aims for improving the learning process and experience.

The book will consider the time factor in online learning in a broad meaning, as referring to phenomena that are related to history and path dependence, to sequence effects, and to rhythm and duration. All research objects related to what could be called “tempo in e-learning” are included, which in this proposal are understood as being the questions related to time that bring about improvements in learning. In a generic way, this “tempo in e-learning” is considered as a factor (and as a tool), one which is always present, and which spreads out into the planning and implementation of online education.
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Five Key Measures of Quality Assurance in Online Learning | The Sloan Consortium

"This presentation introduces participants to five key measures and data analysis that can be used to assure the quality of online courses and programs."

 

by: Christopher Schedler (Central Washington University, US)

Tracy Pellett (Central Washington University, US)

 

at: 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning 'At A Crossroads: Online Education in a Complex World' October 10-12, 2012 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort - Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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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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Khan Academy: The hype and the reality

Khan Academy: The hype and the reality | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

" ... the truth is that there’s nothing revolutionary about Khan Academy at all. In fact, Khan’s style of instruction is identical to what students have seen for generations: a do this then do this approach to teaching that presents mathematics as a meaningless series of steps. Khan himself says that “math is not just random things to memorize and regurgitate,” yet that’s exactly how his videos present it."

 

"Sal Khan has done something remarkable in creating such a vast and varied library, and he deserves to be recognized. His commitment to making the site free is a rare and selfless act, and he deserves to be praised. Sal Khan is a good guy with a good mission. What he’s not, though, is a good teacher."

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QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education

This is the blog of Peter Condon, mentor/ coach at The Online Learning Development Company, (www.toldco.co.uk).

 

"TOLDCO's focus is in the Quality of ODL and this is where these blogs are based. We believe that mentoring and/or coaching is the way to encourage and support institution and industry managers, online tutors, authors, technicians and instructional designers in their quest to capitalise on the benefits of quality in ODL – to remove some or all of the barriers to good quality ODL"

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Degree fraud: detection as deterrent

Degree fraud: detection as deterrent | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
With more graduates prepared to lie about their qualifications, universities have a duty to protect the honest majority – not to mention the reputation of their degrees, says Jayne Rowley...
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SCORM » Project Tin Can: Phase 3

SCORM » Project Tin Can: Phase 3 | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

SCORM is over 10 years old. ADL, the keepers of SCORM, tasked us with researching what the next-generation e-learning specification could/should look like. We’ve been gathering information about what the next evolution in the e-learning specification world should be in five main buckets:

*The Tin Can User Voice Forum

*Our interviews with key players in the industry

*Our daily contact with Rustici Software customers

*The 103 LETSI SCORM 2.0 white papers

*A list of existing ADL requests

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Evolution of Training in a Global Quality Assurance Model | Sarah Wilson CHAVEZ

Evolution of Training in a Global Quality Assurance Model | Sarah Wilson CHAVEZ | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

 
We are an industry where we have many high performing, knowledgeable, specialized Quality Assurance staff located all over the world. We are also plagued with that information being stuck in a silo, whether the silo is a location, team, project, or mind set. Often we have teams recreating training or resource materials that another team already had created or could have prepared if the need was known. If one’s goal is to act as a cohesive global Quality Assurance organization, one which development can partner with regardless of where the test teams are physically located, this must change.

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Jeffrey R. Young: Dozens of Plagiarism Incidents Are Reported in Coursera's Free Online Courses

Jeffrey R. Young: Dozens of Plagiarism Incidents Are Reported in Coursera's Free Online Courses | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Students taking free online courses offered by the startup company Coursera have reported dozens of incidents of plagiarism, even though the courses bear no academic credit. This week a professor leading one of the so-called Massive Open Online Courses posted a plea to his 39,000 students to stop plagiarizing, and Coursera's leaders say they will review the issue and consider adding plagiarism-detection software in the future.


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How Equipped Are You For Quality E-learning Courses? | Custom Training and eLearning Blog

How Equipped Are You For Quality E-learning Courses? | Custom Training and eLearning Blog | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Quality in eLearning is the differential edge and need to be groomed and nurtured. It is a never ending continuous improvement.
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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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University students demand a 'real relationship' with tutors - The Guardian

University students demand a 'real relationship' with tutors - The Guardian | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

University students demand a 'real relationship' with tutorsThe GuardianUniversities are sometimes tempted to reduce their staffing costs with more e-learning and short-term/part-time contracts.

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Moscow Education Online

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VI International Forum on e-learning technologies in education “MOSCOW Education Online 2012” will be held in Moscow, Russian Federation, October 8, 2012.

 

The matters of quality assurance strengthening with the help of e-learning tools as well as control and supervision over the quality of e-learning itself are in the spotlight in Russia. New Education Law provides for the development of the mechanism for assessing and control the quality of e-learning educational process, supervision over the compliance of e-learning educational programs with the State requirements and standards.

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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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Quality Assurance of e-Learning Courses | Custom Training and eLearning Blog

Quality Assurance of e-Learning Courses | Custom Training and eLearning Blog | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

"Quality is not only about meeting client expectations; it is meeting mutually defined and agreed upon expectations of customer and vendor. This is the Key for a quality product!"

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QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: Why don’t we simplify Online and Distance Learning?

QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: Why don’t we simplify Online and Distance Learning? | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

"Why don’t we simplify Online and Distance Learning?

 

Continuing the series of ‘What is it we are not using to improve the quality of Online and Distance Learning?’, I want to talk about the big missed opportunity in many cases of ODL – Simplicity.
Note that the question is ‘Why don’t we simplify Online and Distance Learning?’ not ‘How do we simplify online learning?’ You see, to me, we have all the technology and resources to make online learning simple."

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Taking on corruption in international higher education - University World News

"A spectre of corruption is haunting the global campaign towards higher education internationalisation. An overseas degree is increasingly valuable, so it is not surprising that commercial ventures have found opportunities in the internationalisation landscape."

"Accreditation and quality assurance are essential for ensuring that basic quality is recognised. Agencies and the international higher education community must ensure that universities are carefully evaluated and that the results of assessment are easily available to the public and to international stakeholders."

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The Online Learning Development Company

"Mentoring/ Coaching Quality in Online Distance Learning (ODL) in Education and Industry settings.

 

The Online Learning Development Company is all about QUALITY in Online and Distance Learning (ODL). OUR PURPOSE is to Mentor and Support the development of ODL in the pursuit of Quality."

 

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