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Education in the Digital Era: opening a discussion on quality

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New technologies have made massive changes in our way of life, including in education. Within the education field, the effects of technology touch almost every area of practice, including curricula, pedagogy, and assessment. What's more, it is changing the needs and expectations of learners. The traditional modes of teaching are not adequate to meet the needs of today's students in terms of the competencies and skills that they will need for the future. 

 

The new normal of education is based on lifelong learning, open learning, and the use of open educational resources. Courses are expected to be participatory, collaborative, and supportive of distributed intelligences. In this new state of normal, new education providers are emerging that can provide new solutions for the needs of learners in the digital era. 

 

Questions of Quality

 In the framework of new modes of teaching and learning from new providers, one of the big questions is that of quality. Some of the questions that we wish to address at the conference and in the pre-conference dialogue include:

 

· How can we identify and assess high-quality new content when it is developing and changing so rapidly?

· Which tools and which online learning environments best support quality of learning? 

· How can we be sure about the quality of the teaching approach or about the teacher's qualification and assessment?

· How can we develop a quality assurance mechanism that could ensure quality at all levels in formal, informal and non        formal education?

· Does EU need to provide some specific quality standards/guidelines in order to have a common understanding of what is good quality in Education?

· What is the current state of Quality in Education in Europe?

· Is there a European policy regarding Quality in Education?

 

Quality Assurance in Europe

 

In the current European quality assurance landscape, the European Parliament and Council has adopted a resolution promoting the uses of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance  (ESG). The ESG is implemented in member states through independent quality assurance agencies that are registered with the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) for higher education.

 

The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)  is an umbrella organisation which represents quality assurance organisations from the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) member states. ENQA promotes European co-operation in the field of quality assurance in higher education and disseminates information and expertise among its members and towards stakeholders in order to develop and share good practice and to foster the European dimension of quality assurance.

 

EQAVET is a community of practice bringing together Member States, Social Partners and the European Commission to promote quality assurance in vocational education and training. Two more important initiatives connected to quality in e-Learning and to Open Education are The European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL) and Open Educational Quality (OPAL). 

 

Join the discussion

 

There are numerous ways to join the debate. Your thoughts, opinions, and questions are welcome:

· On this website, visit the conference page

· On Facebook, join the group

· On Twitter, use the hashtags #EdDigEra_quality, #EdDigEra or #OpenEdu


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QLET's curator insight, November 21, 6:12 AM

"The EC and the Italian Presidency of the EU are hosting a high level conference on Education in the Digital Era on December 11th. The pre-conference dialog has already begun on various online platforms and you are all welcome to participate. The main topic of discussion is quality and relevance in learning."

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 6, 12:04 PM

The pace of change is such that eloquent questions which have no presupposed answers are essential to getting to the heart of learning and how to use the tools, old and new.

 

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Deborah Banker's curator insight, December 7, 7:24 PM

Very interesting

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Recent trends in quality assurance in the limelight

Recent trends in quality assurance in the limelight | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

PORTO – A critical discussion on recent developments in quality assurance in Europe and the USA was among the main aims of the conference “Recent Trends in Quality Assurance“ that was held in Porto (Portugal) from 11 to 13 October.

 

The European Students’ Union (ESU), represented by Lilliya Ivanova, expressed the student perspective at the event which was organised by A3ES and Cipes. The conference provided a platform for debate on the positive and negative sides of the Quality Enhancement approach, the OECD AHELO project, the U-Map and U-Multirank initiative and the risk-management approach.

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Conference on Recent Trends in Quality Assurance | A3ES

Conference on Recent Trends in Quality Assurance | A3ES | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

 

A3ES and CIPES Conference

Porto, 11-13 October 2012

Recent Trends in Quality Assurance

 

 

Announcement

Recent developments in quality assurance reveal an increasing push for accountability in both the U.S.A and Europe. In Europe, the Ministers and the Commission, despite a trust-based rhetoric (European cooperation, building the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), advancing the European dimension) are, for the name of transparency backing measures based upon an ethic of suspicion (accreditation systems, rankings, etc.). These measures are very far removed from improving quality in education and research.

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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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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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eLearning 2011 - The Third International Conference eLearning-2012

eLearning 2011 - The Third International Conference eLearning-2012 | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

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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QAA Annual Conference 2012

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This year's QAA Annual Conference, which is in association with Times Higher Education, takes place on Monday 25 June 2012. The theme is Expanding the boundaries of higher education: new challenges in quality assurance.

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EADTU Conference 2012 Cyprus | Prelimenary Programme

EADTU Conference 2012 Cyprus | Prelimenary Programme | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Speaker: Karl Dittrich

Karl Dittrich is the chairman of the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO) and member of the ENQA board. He is a political scientist and vice-chairperson of the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA).

 

Karl Dittrich will deal with recent developments with regard to quality assurance in the changing landscape of higher education in Europe. Quality assurance is needed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching and learning and to ensure that students can have trust in their university. One of the upcoming issues concerns quality assurance of online and blended teaching and learning, e.g. in distance education. Karl Dittrich will make a reference to UNESCO’s communication on including QA in e-learning in the agendas of universities and QA-agencies that is to be launched at the conference.

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QM Works! Great Northwest Regional Conference | Quality Matters Program

QM Works! Great Northwest Regional Conference | Quality Matters Program | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

About the Northwest Regional Conference:

The Quality Matters Program presents QM Works! in the Great Northwest Regional Conference in Vancouver, Washington. The conference begins Thursday, April 25th and will feature both pre-conference workshops and an evening reception. Friday, April 26th will be a full day of concurrent sessions.

 

 

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Preconference workshops run Thursday, April 25, 2013. Both full-day and half-day workshops will be offered. Concurrent sessions and a general session will run Friday, April 26, 2013.

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Quality Matters 2012

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Quality Matters 2012 was held in Birmingham on Tuesday 9 October 2012. Aimed at elected students and students' union staff, over 100 attended the conference.

  The day delivered a number of debates, panel discussions and workshops - from empowering course representatives to discussing whether NSS was an accurate measure of quality.   This page contains links to resources from the day.
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Quality Matters & MERLOT: Connecting Design and Content for Online Teaching and Learning | Quality Matters Program

Quality Matters & MERLOT: Connecting Design and Content for Online Teaching and Learning | Quality Matters Program | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

Quality Matters and MERLOT: Connect Design and Content for Online Teaching and Learning at the QM Conference October 3-6, 2012

Quality Matters and MERLOT announced their plans to collaborate in their respective areas of professional development and technology services to work together to design online courses that meet quality requirements.

The first effort of these two internationally recognized organizations is reflected in the theme of the Quality Matters' 4th Annual Conference “Where Design and Content Converge - Featuring Special Contributions by MERLOT.” QM’s widely adopted quality assurance framework will work to integrate MERLOT’s twelve-year expertise in training and peer reviewing of online content. As faculty implement QM quality rubrics for course design, they will be able to easily find quality content that meets their instructional design requirements.

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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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QAA Annual Conference 2012

This week's podcast looks back at the recent QAA Annual Conference in London. It includes interviews with some of the students, higher education institutions, QAA staff, PSRBs, alternative providers, and other quality assurance experts who attended.

 

The delegates sum up the different seminars and various areas of quality assurance that were discussed and finally John Gill, Editor of Times Higher Education, gives his thoughts on the day.

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The Third International eLearning Conference -2012 (Belgrad ...

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European forum on quality in e-learning: promoting innovation in education

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QM 4th Annual Conference 2012 | Quality Matters Program

QM 4th Annual Conference 2012 | Quality Matters Program | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it

On behalf of the Program Committee, we would like to announce Quality Matters’ 4th Annual Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning. We invite you to join us October 3-6, 2012 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ. October 3rd is a day of pre-conference workshops, and conference sessions begin October 4th and conclude on the 6th.

 

The theme of this year’s conference is “Where Design and Content Converge," with special contributions from MERLOT. The conference includes pre-conference workshops, a reception, a keynote address, an awards ceremony, many concurrent sessions, networking opportunities, and exhibits.

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