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Enhancing th e quality of distance learning at Western Balkan higher education institutions Danijela Milošević University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Technical Sciences Čačak. University of Niš June 2 1, 2013. Participants. Motivation behind the project.

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Enhancingthe quality of distance learning at Western Balkan higher education institutionsDanijela MiloševićUniversity of Kragujevac, Faculty of TechnicalSciences Čačak

University of Niš

June 21, 2013

The number of higher education institutions in Western Balkan beneficiary countries that have adopted some form of online teaching is increasing, but the quality varies substantially.
Students often face the problem of not knowing what they can expect in courses or study programs marked as “online”


joint wb initiative
Joint WB Initiative
  • uniformity of e-learning methodology, quality standards and harmonization of the national accreditation systems with the European quality assurance system
wider project objective
Wider Project Objective
  • The [email protected] project has been designed to improve the quality and relevance of distance education (DL) at Western Balkan higher education institutions and to enable easier inclusion of partner country institutions into European Higher Education Area
  • This project is supported by Ministries of Education, National Councils for Higher Education and Commissions for Accreditation in all three partner countries
specific project objectives
Specific Project Objectives
  • To improve, develop and implement accreditation standards, guidelines and procedures for distance learning study programs according to EU practices at national levels in Serbia, Montenegro and FYRM
  • To provide training for relevant members of HE educational and public authorities responsible for accreditation and evaluation of DL programs, teaching staff and trainers involved in DL from each partner country
Results so far
  • Reports on:
  • Analysis of existing European practice and principles for quality assurance in DL
  • Analysis of the policy level documents addressing internal/external accreditation of DL study programs in HE
  • e-Learning Benchmarks: review on benchmarking methodology and quality monitoring tools
  • Analysis of existing WB practice in DL and cross-matching with European practices and standards
  • eLearning methodology and QA issues for content, delivery and support processes
  • Handbook: Quality Assurance in the Western Balkans
Results to address the

Improvement and development of regulations for DL in HE in WB countries

  • Recommendation for improvement and development of accreditation standards, guidelines and procedures for DL study programs in the WB region
  • Guidelines for development and implementation of distance learning study programs at the institutional level
    • (DL Infrastructure, Administration, Teaching Methods, Teacher competencies, Student support)
  • Recommendations for internal evaluation of DL study programs
Results so far
  • Training of members of Accreditation Commissions and HE public authorities
  • Training of official reviewers for DL study programs
  • Training of trainers for university academic and administrative staff that will instruct further in DL in HE
  • Each of 7 universities has established at least one new DL platform with trained staff
European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning
  • All 7 PC universities become lifetime members of EFQUEL
  • By joining EFQUEL they become a part of the largest European network of organizations and professionals dedicated to quality in the field of technology enhanced learning

Balkan Distance Education Network

Balkanska mreža za obrazovanje na daljinu

[email protected]

baden activities
BADEN activities
  • Education through professional and research seminars and summer schools
  • Organization of professional lectures, trainings, symposiums and conferences with topics about e-learning and distance education
  • Promotion of distance learning through cooperation and participation on manifestations of domestic, regional and international importance
  • Participation in realization of projects at national, regional and international level
  • Promoting and placing of innovative and creative professional and research solutions
  • Courseware certification
BADEN is offical certification body of epprobate
  • Since July 2012. BADEN is authorized to certify courseware at behalf of epprobatefor Western Balkan countries

epprobate is the first international quality label for eLearning courseware


Thank you!

Danijela Milošević[email protected]