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Improving eLearning through quality assurance and quality enhancement
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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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Taiwanese eLearning courseware is first recipient of the epprobate quality label | epprobate | The International Quality Label for eLearning Courseware

Taiwanese eLearning courseware is first recipient of the epprobate quality label | epprobate | The International Quality Label for eLearning Courseware | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Taipeh (Taiwan), September 2013: The epprobate international initiative for supporting quality in eLearning courseware has recently awarded its first label to an example of eLearning courseware
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MOOC quality - what have we learned?

MOOC quality - what have we learned? | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Ebba Ossiannilsson, Alastair Creelman write:

 

Dear friends, 12 exciting weeks have come to an end. We have had more viewers and readers than we would have ever expected. During the 12 weeks more than 12,000 people have read the 12 blog posts a...

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QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education

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6 Misconceptions about MOOCs that could apply to all online learning – if we are not ‘quality aware’

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Registration for pre-conference short course on EFQUEL e-Quality services now open!

Registration for pre-conference short course on EFQUEL e-Quality services now open! | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
On the 25th of September, the afternoon before the EFQUEL Innovation Forum 2013, EFQUEL will organise a half day training session on its quality services entitled “Training for Quality Managers – Prepare for ECBCheck, UNIQUe and ECBCheck programme...
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QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered.

QUODL - Quality of Online & Distance Education: Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

This is the blog of Peter Condon, Learning Architect and Mentor at The Online Learning Development Company, (http://www.toldco.co.uk/)and National Partner with epprobate in the UK and Ireland.(http://epprobate.com/) TOLDCº is focused upon the quality of the learning experience throughout the online learning environment – supporting institution and industry managers, online tutors, authors, technicians and instructional designers in their quest for continual quality improvement.

 Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. Quality of ODL has been a major part of my thinking for many years.  More recently I have been reading posts that imply that we have reached the stage where everybody knows about quality and it is just a case of establishing or embedding systems within our organisations.  This concerns me but there again, I have often been told that my concerns over quality were silly; ‘don’t worry, we’ve got it covered’.  I am not sure whether our learners would agree.
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QAQE SIG one-day discussion meeting Friday 6th September 2013 – Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire | Quality Assurance & Quality Enhancement in e-Learning

QAQE SIG one-day discussion meeting Friday 6th September 2013 – Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire | Quality Assurance & Quality Enhancement in e-Learning | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

This free one-day discussion meeting will explore challenges facing the sector in relation to assuring quality whilst also enabling quality enhancement and innovation through technology enhanced learning (TEL). We will be considering the rapid increase in the development of MOOCs (Massive Online open courses) and the impact of the Key Information Set (KIS) requirements on UK Higher Education Institutions.

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First of its kind: “MOOCathon” – Marathon session on Quality and MOOCs

First of its kind: “MOOCathon” – Marathon session on Quality and MOOCs | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
MOOCs represent the latest stage in the evolution of open educational resources. First was open access to course content, and then access to free online courses.
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E-Learning Security: Problems and Solutions

For Yair Levy, associate professor of information systems at Nova Southeastern University, interest in e-learning security started the day he heard a department chair justify mandating proctored exams in a lab environment because, if an e-learning...
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Week 12: About MOOC in Europe by Yves Epelboin

Week 12: About MOOC in Europe by Yves Epelboin | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Professor at University P.M. Curie (Paris, France), Doctorate of Sciences at UPMC, 1974, in Materials Sciences (cristallography), Worked at IBM Research for 2 1/2 years between 1977 and 1989, Gener...
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Making innovation work: strategies for the integration of digital resources in post-secondary educational institutions | LINQ

Making innovation work: strategies for the integration of digital resources in post-secondary educational institutions | LINQ | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Evaluating the quality of digital resources

 

Tony Bates

Abstract

At least in Canada, we are seeing many campus-based universities and colleges trying to move online learning into the mainstream, through hybrid learning, MOOCs and the use of digital resources, such as OERs. This presentation, based on 11 case studies from Europe and North America, plus recent consultancy work in a dozen universities and colleges, identifies several challenges institutions face when they try to integrate digital resources into their teaching. Several strategies for responding to these challenges will be offered. Some of the issues to be addressed will be course design, leadership, setting appropriate goals for online learning, governance (i.e. decision-making structures), managing costs and resources, training of instructors, and the management of innovation. All these issues need to be successfully addressed if real change is to happen.

 
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Faking it: China's Diploma Mills

Faking it: China's Diploma Mills | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Report Reveals 100 Fake Universities (and wild chickens). A blog post last year noted the case of a non-existent university in the USA. Now there is an interesting report on China's Diploma Mills w...
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The eLearning Guild : Microcycle Testing: Better Course Quality Assurance Testing in a Fourth of the Time : Publications Library

The eLearning Guild : Microcycle Testing: Better Course Quality Assurance Testing in a Fourth of the Time : Publications Library | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
This white paper discusses the most common problems learning project managers encounter in the quality assurance testing phase, introduces best practices for testing e-learning courses, and explains how to use technology and a simple but rigorous...
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EUA > Update on the revision of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG)

EUA > Update on the revision of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

September 05, 2013    

The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) in the European Higher Education Area were adopted by the European Ministers for Education in Bergen in 2005. Since then, the ESG – prepared by the E4 Group (ENQA, ESU, EURASHE and EUA) – have underpinned the development of both institutional and national/regional QA systems in Europe.    

However, the European quality assurance landscape has changed considerably since this time. Thus, from 2010 to 2012 the stakeholder organisations that form the E4 Group carried out the “Mapping the Implementation and Application of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (MAP-ESG)” project to gather information on how the ESG have been implemented and applied. The project demonstrated that the ESG have been successful in promoting an understanding of good practice in QA, and have impacted on the development of QA both at system and institutional level. The E4 Group decided, nevertheless, to recommend to European education ministers that the ESG would benefit from a revision “in order to improve their clarity, applicability and usefulness”.

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Whilst this may not have any immediate relevance to e-learning, it is useful background on the changing EU frameworks for quality assurance in higher education more generally.

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SIG Presentations | Quality Assurance & Quality Enhancement in e-Learning

SIG Presentations | Quality Assurance & Quality Enhancement in e-Learning | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Presentations from Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement in e-Learning discussion meeting – Friday 06.09.2013

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Framework for assuring quality in distance learning courses

Framework for assuring quality in distance learning courses | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Richard Walker and Wayne Britcliffe will be presenting a framework for assuring quality in the delivery of distance learning courses to delegates at the Association for Learning Technology’s annual...
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OER Quality

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Guidelines on Quality Assurance for Open Educational Resources

 

We are pleased to have published version-1.0 of the Commonwealth of Learning Guidelines for prospective authors and creators of OER. The Quality Assurance Guidelines for Open Educational Resources : T.I.P.S. Framework is now available freely at http://cemca.org.in/ckfinder/userfiles/files/OERQ_TIPS_978-81-88770-07-6.pdf  (1.2MB) and at http://www.open-ed.net/oer-quality/tips-v1.0.pdf.

 

Basically the intended readers of these Guidelines are practising teachers at the chalkface and their students. While MOOC (and now mOOC) cater to tertiary students, these OER Guidelines cater for pre-tertiary teachers and their students – including those in pre-primary, primary, and secondary education and those in vocational education and informal education (eg adult lifelong learning, and out-of-school teaching and learning). This is version-1.0, and version-1.2 should be ready by the end of July. A draft consultatation version-v1.2 (4.6MB) is available for you at http://www.open-ed.net/oer-quality/tips-v1.2.pdf. Versions will be continuously released in consort with feedback received from ongoing workshops and experience reported by users. You can get copies from me through email if you have difficulty with internet access.

 

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A review of the HEQCO report on productivity and quality in online learning in higher education

A review of the HEQCO report on productivity and quality in online learning in higher education | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Carey, T., & Trick, D. (2013). How Online Learning Affects Productivity, Cost and Quality in Higher Education: An Environmental Scan and Review of the Literature. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

Why this paper is important

In July, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario published the above report. This is a very important development for online learning in post-secondary education as it takes a very hard look at quality, cost and productivity and comes forward with recommendations to government. This is a paper that is likely to be read (and should be read) by legislators, state and government policy makers, university and college boards and senior university and college administrators.

I am also exploring through a series of blogs the issue of productivity and online learning, partly because of dissatisfaction with the current state of thinking about this issue, which became apparent working with this project.

For this reason, I am setting aside my hat as an Advisory Board member who commented on the penultimate draft, and and am here providing a full analytic review of the paper. To do this, I have had to reproduce key parts of the document, but I strongly recommend that the HEQCO document is read in full. Quotes from the actual paper are in italics, although I have edited and abbreviated in part.

The paper focuses on the following questions:

What are the cost implications of a shift to online learning? Specifically, does a greater use of online instruction save institutions or systems money and, if so, under what circumstances? What do we know about the relationship between online learning and important variables that are often considered when discussing the “quality” of an institution or of a system?

- See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2013/08/20/a-review-of-the-heqco-report-on-productivity-and-quality-in-online-learning-in-higher-education/#sthash.F9Z2hkpQ.dpuf

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Commonwealth of Learning - Quality Assurance for eLearning

Commonwealth of Learning - Quality Assurance for eLearning | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Virtual UniversitiesThe Virtual University for Small States in the Commonwealth (VUSSC) has published "Transnational qualifications framework for the Virtual University for Small States in the Commonwealth". For a comprehensive account of the development of virtual universities around the world through the analysis of case studies, see the IEEP UNESCO project The virtual universities: models and messages   
Click here for a list of virtual universities. 
The African Virtual University (AVU) mentions quality assurance in the document "African Virtual university support project phase II". Chapter 7 of the second preparatory study for VUSSC The Changing Faces of Virtual Education (2001) is devoted to quality assurance issues. The project handbook “Reviewing the virtual campus phenomenon: the rise of large-scale e-learning initiatives worldwide” provides a comprehensive and useful appraisal of virtual campuses worldwide.
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Full EIF2013 programme now online! | EFQUEL

Full EIF2013 programme now online! | EFQUEL | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

The complete EIF2013 programme is now available!  Find it at here on the EIF2013 website.

This year’s forum will offer two full days of workshops, presentations, panels and keynotes, all on the topic of quality and learning, from different perspectives, in different sectors.  Offering insights in methodologies, pedagogies, concepts, certification schemes, European key networks, policy recommendations and hands-on tools, the EIF2013 will be the place to be for people interested in quality and learning.

 

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Session dedicated to Quality for Virtual Mobility

Session dedicated to Quality for Virtual Mobility | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
This year we will dedicate one session specifically to Quality for Virtual Mobility.  EFQUEL together with its university partners, experienced since many years in setting up Virtual Mobility schemes, will now share with you their views on quality...
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An explanation of how ACE accredits MOOCs

An explanation of how ACE accredits MOOCs | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Over the next few weeks, WCET will publish a series of blog posts on Massively Open Online Courses. This, the first in the series, provides a detailed explanation of how ACE (the American Council on Education) assessed five Coursera courses.

ACE represents the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities.

Pat Book, the author of the post, is a Former Assistant Vice President at the American Council on Education, and led the process for assessing the courses.

- See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2013/07/26/an-explanation-of-how-ace-accredits-moocs/#sthash.YZvGpT1x.dpuf

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State Authorization: A Solution in Sight? - Magna Publications

State Authorization: A Solution in Sight? - Magna Publications | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Learn the implications of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), the proposed reciprocal model, and implications for your institution
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Quality in e-learning: The constant battle

Quality in e-learning: The constant battle | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

At KnowledgeOne, we have our own exhaustive quality assurance checklist, which gives us the confidence that our products and services meet both the end-users’ and facilitators’ quality requirements and thoroughly cover the following areas: instructional design, technology, design and structure, assessments, resources and feedback.

Therefore we’ll present the following infographic with an open-ended question: “What elements do you consider important to check from a quality assurance point of view when providing e-learning?”

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Week 11, MOOOCS – Massive Opportunities to Overcome Organisational Catastrophes, by Gilly Salmon

Week 11, MOOOCS – Massive Opportunities to Overcome Organisational Catastrophes, by Gilly Salmon | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Professor Gilly Salmon is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning Transformations at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne , Australia. Previously, she was the Executive Director and Professor (Lea...

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