Certification of Quality in e-Learning


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Given at Moscow Education Online in October 2012, the presentation details EFQUEL's approach to quality certfication of e-learning and gives an in-depth look at the UNIQUe certification of Higher Education Institutions and the ECBCheck Certification for e-learning programmes.

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Certification of Quality in e-Learning

  1. 1. Certification of Quality in e- Learning UNIQUe and ECBCheck Anthony F. Camilleri Moscow Education Online 2012www.efquel.org
  2. 2. Introduction to EFQUELEFQUEL is a European membershiporganisation.EFQUEL consists of more than 120members globally (8 members in Russia).The members represent associations,universities, companies, vocational traininginstitutions and local networks.All members share the same interest:quality in technology enhanced learning.www.efquel.org
  3. 3. MissionEFQUEL’s mission is to enhance thequality of technology enhanced learningin Europe by providing services and supportfor all stakeholders.EFQUEL is built on principles of dialogueand inclusiveness to promote excellenceand innovation in learning.www.efquel.org
  4. 4. Setting the Scenewww.efquel.org
  5. 5. Online Education has acredibility problemwww.efquel.org
  6. 6. Growth of Diploma Mills Globally 48% growth in one year nearly entirelywww.efquel.org Source: Accredibase online education
  7. 7. Quality itself is changing• Traditional perceptions of quality are not always valid• New societal / political values set new expectations from education• Disruptive innovations mean constantly shifting standardswww.efquel.org
  8. 8. Demands on Education areRising• provide graduates to supply the knowledge economy• Increase efficiency of processes• Extend reach of programmes• Adapt content to ever-changing priorities do more, better, with lesswww.efquel.org
  9. 9. An appropriate response…. Quality culture to sustain your missionwww.efquel.org
  10. 10. An appropriate response…. Quality verification to remain relevant vis-a-vis peerswww.efquel.org
  11. 11. An appropriate response…. Quality certification to ensure recognitionwww.efquel.org
  12. 12. EFQUEL‘sQuality Portfoliowww.efquel.org
  13. 13. unique.efquel.org ecbcheck.efquel.org certification for certification for Higher Education Institutions e-learning programmes engaging in offered as Technology Enhanced Learning Fully Online or Blendedwww.efquel.org
  14. 14. Value Proposition• Produced and developed by leading international organisations• Over 10 years of continuing research & development• Supported by a community of professionals• Calls on top European expertise• Clear, standardised and transparentwww.efquel.org
  15. 15. Leading International Organisations unique.efquel.org ecbcheck.efquel.org European Foundation for GIZ Management Development International Labour MENON Network Organisation EuroPace United Nations University Commonwealth of Learning FAO, UNEP, UNITAR, CGIAR, SPI DER, IICD, EFMD, GDLN, AVUwww.efquel.org
  16. 16. Continuing Research & Development• Over 1.5 million € invested in criteria design, testing and development• Continual updating of criteria to reflect feedback and latest developments (UNIQUe 2011 – ECBCheck 2014)• Ongoing research into new frontiers in quality: peer production, open education, e-learning for VET/Adults/schools…www.efquel.org
  17. 17. Supported by a CommunityWe give you access to:• A network of worldwide e-learning professionals for peer-learning• Training and Capacity development opportunities (EFQUEL Academy, Training Events)• Opportunities to share best practice, influence policy (EFQUEL Innovation Forum, policy seminars, workshops etc)www.efquel.org
  18. 18. European Expertise• All reviewers are screened against stringent criteria. – Each team includes expertise in: • quality systems • institutional management • e-learning design & provision • local context• Awarding Bodies made up of globally recognised personalitieswww.efquel.org
  19. 19. Clear, standardised, transparent• All criteria freely available online• All staff involved publicly acknowledged• All awarded institutions listed• All steps supported by extensive documentation, trainingwww.efquel.org
  20. 20. The Detailswww.efquel.org
  21. 21. EligibilityNature of the UNIQUe for Institutions UNIQUe for InstitutesInstitution •the institution is accredited by its •the institute must be located within relevant national authority an institution meeting the UNIQUe •the institution is active in the criteria provision of qualifications at ISCED •the institute must have academic Level 5 and above autonomy from the institution (autonomy in curricular design and provision) •the institute must be characterized thematically, not by mode of provision (e.g. a school of law is eligible, a distance learning institute is not) •the institute’s application must be formally supported by the institutionEvidence of TEL The institution must show that it is active in the field of Technology EnhancedActivities Learning.Ability to conduct From the initial application, the secretariat determines that the applicant has aevaluation sufficiently developed quality system to allow it to conduct a system-wide self- evaluation, and organize a peer-review.www.efquel.org
  22. 22. Processwww.efquel.org
  23. 23. Highlights• Traditional Review Process involving: – Self-assessment – Peer-Review (3 reviewers – 2 days) – Assessment – Award• Certification Awarded for 3 yearswww.efquel.org
  24. 24. Criteriawww.efquel.org
  25. 25. Eligibility• Min. 20% e-learning• Offered by any nationally (or internationally) accredited training institution Programmes Courses 100h > < 100hwww.efquel.org
  26. 26. Process (1) Inquiry & Application Feedback & not Advice (2) Eligibity Check eligible Improvement Report (3) Self-Assessment minimum (4) Peer-Review of Self- criteria failed Assessment Report (5) Awarding Body Decision positive (6) Open ECBCheck Label (valid for three years)www.efquel.org
  27. 27. Highlights• Online Review Process involving: – Self-assessment using online tool – Peer-review • review of all course materials and progress in LMS • review of self-assessment report • 2 reviewers – conducted online – Assessment – Award• Certification Awarded for 3 yearswww.efquel.org
  28. 28. The Summarywww.efquel.org
  29. 29. EFQUEL Offers you:• Criteria & Tools to improve the quality of your programmes and institutional management• An international support and peer-learning community• A reliable, verifiable and well-recognised certification of qualitywww.efquel.org
  30. 30. More Information unique. ecbcheck. efquel.org eif. sevaq.www.efquel.org
  31. 31. EFQUEL in Russia: Thank-You for your attention Questions? anthony@camilleri.com http://www.slideshare.net/anthonycamilleriReleased under a Creative Commons Under the following conditions:Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Belgium License Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (butYou are free: not in any way that suggests that they endorseto Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the you or your use of the work). work Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or buildto Remix — to adapt the work upon this work, you may distribute the resulting www.efquel.org work only under the same or similar license to this one.