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Quality Assurance; Virtual Mobility
November 18-19, 2004, Sundsvall
The general objective is to optimise the learning
process and the learning results and offer
assurance to stakeholders that e-learning
provision is high quality with 2 frameworks of
At the institutional level:
At the programme level Institutions?
The criteria, which should be evaluated according to the objectives
and the target group(s) of the course, are:
Creating a standard of excellence for e-learning
1. European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU)
2. Open University (OUUK)
3. Open Universiteit (OUNL)
4. University of OULU (Fi)
5. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) (Es)
6. Centre National d’Enseignement a Distance (CNED) (Fr)
7. Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distanca (UNED) (Es)
8. Consorzio NETTUNO (It)
9. Apertus Public Foundation (Hu)
10. Estonian Information Technology Foundation (EITF)
11. European University Association (EUA)
Starting points Institutions?
Institutional , curriculum and course aspects (micro- and meso-level of education)
Expertise will be brought together on a European wide scale with involvement of expert institutions like the dtu’s, research and development institutes and other organizations in the field of QA and Accreditation.
The result of accreditation on e-learning is an indication of the degree of excellence in ODL at the institutional or curriculum level, and not a Yes-No judgment. The latter refers more to public accountability, our approach is benchmarking in terms of excellence to enable institutions to profile their best practice.
The assessment will be combined with a label of excellence for institutions, as far as the “E-“ in e-learning is concerned. It will be a specific scope, next to content, within the overall assessment process.
Target Group Institutions?
The target group for quality assurance is in first line:
the educational institution. Teachers and developers of e-learning programmes can benefit from the foreseen manual on good practices to improve their programmes, based on the quality factors identified.
In second line:
Businessesand users. Education will be more in correspondence with the expectations of the students and business-life.
WP 1. Criteria development Institutions?
The first objective of the WP is to make an inventory of the existing criteria of quality issues of eLearning in higher education.
The second objective is to draw a picture of the European quality practices of eLearning in higher education. The goal is to develop criteria of excellence on eLearning and threshold criteria.
We want to collaborate closely on this with European actors working on HE quality issues.
The work consists of an inventory. This will be a data collection and analysis in all participating countries. The WP-leader will be responsible of taking into account the practices from countries not represented in the project. The data will be collected through existing documents, interviews and surveys.
From the national reports a European summary will be drawn.
Based on the state-of-the-art reports a proposal for EuropeaneLearning quality criteria standard will be drawn.
WP 2. Feedback request from stakeholders Institutions?
Students, businesses and staff will be consulted on the draft list of criteria and the proposed approach of external validation.
This will lead to a final list of criteria and guidelines of validation methods.
WP 3. Testing and improving Institutions?
The work in this package builds upon the work undertaken in the preceding two packages and translates the criteria into working quality processes.
There are two objectives for this work package.
A Using the agreed criteria developed through work packages 1 and 2, to draw up a set of parameters and guidelines for their interpretation for use in a validation context. Definition of a testing procedure and approach.
B Developing internal quality systems based on the criteria. These will enable regular monitoring, review and evaluation of ODL programmes in a variety of contexts, and will inform the institutional agenda for enhancement and development of such programmes.
This work package will include reference to:
1. A basic threshold level establishing a set of minimum requirements and standards
2. A more advanced level establishing a set of good practice guidelines and excellence requirements
WP 4. Pilot Institutions?
Leader: OUNL (OTEC)
The objective of this Work Package is twofold;
The first aim is to try out the quality care framework developed in WP1 through WP 3 by using it in reviews of several institutions and programs.
These reviews will allow to realize the second aim of the WP namely to evaluate the practicability of the framework.
Central questions in the pilot are:
-does the quality care system offer a sound and useful evaluation framework for assessing e-leaning quality?
-can the tool be used as a starting point for evaluation to advise organizations on quality improvement?
-can the tool be used as a frame of reference in an institutional review or a program review, in the context of accreditation?
WP 4 activities are: Institutions?
1)Training of at least 3 different teams of evaluators as visitation- or review committee for e-learning quality. Composition e-learning specialist, content specialists and new players.
2)Specification of the institutional and program reviews
a) Selection of the programmes and institutions to be visited.
b) Specification of the evaluation questions regarding the usefulness of the quality care system
3)Visitation of institutions and programs. The teams will use the quality care framework in different settings. The programmes and the organisations will be advised on the way to improve e-learning quality.
4)Description of the results of the pilot; conclusions of the pilot will focus on the validity of the quality system, the usability of the system, proposals for amelioration of the quality care system, possibilities and conditions for advice on improvement of e-learning.
5)The pilot will offer input for WP5, by writing a handbook directed to organisations and programs who want to evaluate their e-learning quality, and to members of visitation or review committees
WP 5. Dissemination and follow up Institutions?
EADTU will develop a promotion and publication plan for the project. The promotion and dissemination plan will give an overview of the activities that will support communication to raise awareness and interest for the E-xcellence project.
The promotion plan foresees activities to identify the different target groups, objectives of dissemination, explanation of strategies and a palette of promotional tools like leaflet, Website, (Conference)Posters, publications, handbook etc.