From Peter Condon's blogThe Rules of e-Learning: Never Compromise on Quality I have seen numerous questions and comments on Linkedin from Instructional Designers, L&D professionals, Trainers, Teachers and others about the diminishing quality of e-learning. We have a multitude of quality standards for e-learning - sometimes I think there are too many! There seem to be equally large numbers of organisations that propose, support and champion e-learning quality. Yet so many discussions, blogs and other comments bring up the poor quality of e-learning, I have to wonder about the efficacy of the current provision and support for quality in e-learning.
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.
This is the blog of Peter Condon, Learning Architect and Mentor at The Online Learning Development Company, (www.toldco.co.uk). TOLDCº is focussed upon the quality of the learning experience throughout the learning environment – supporting institution and industry managers, online tutors, authors, technicians and instructional designers in their quest to capitalise on the benefits of guided social learning.
It has become increasingly easy to create eLearning resources. Software tools such as authorware, learning management systems and social web applications allow those without programming or design skills to produce their own eLearning courseware. More and more organisations are making use of this potential, in particular because it can support the spread of knowledge and best practice internally from subject matter experts to colleagues. However, though this process may lead to a higher quantity of available resources, they are often of low quality and thus end up having little impact. The epprobate initiative supports organisations in making the most of their internal capacity and in producing high-quality courseware for internal and external use.
Organizations that are looking for independent quality assurance of their courseware will pay a fee to have the courseware assessed by epprobate. The courseware will be evaluated from the points of view of e-learning ...
As epprobate, TOLDCo, and other partners around the world, grow as a community, we have found that our focus is changing from assessment of quality in online courseware with some guidance when needed, to guidance, mentoring, enhancing and supporting quality in online learning, with some assessment if required. We have also found that our course for reviewers has a more general application, helping to provide the basis of a professional approach to Quality in Online learning.
There is so much e-Learning now being developed by so many different methods and presented in so many different ways. It seems that in some cases there is less and less time to produce the learning and in others there is a determination to be...
epprobate (from the Latin 'approbare', to approve) is the first international quality label for eLearning courseware. This quality label is an initiative of three organisations: The Learning Agency Network (LANETO), the Agence Wallonne des Télécommunication (AWT) and the e-Learning Quality Service Center (eLQSC).
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