Open ECBCheck: Open Quality Certification Scheme for Online Courses and Programs


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The Open ECBCheck is an accreditation and quality improvement scheme for e-Learning programmes. It supports capacity building organizations to assess the quality of their e-Learning programmes, facilitating continuous improvement through peer reviews and collaboration. Initially developed by the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL) and InWent, the OPEN ECBCheck initiative is now supported by over 30 international organizations involved in the delivery of capacity-building activities, including eight United Nations agencies.

The overarching goal of the Open ECBCheck initiative is to raise the standards of technology enhanced learning programmes in the field of capacity building.

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Open ECBCheck: Open Quality Certification Scheme for Online Courses and Programs

  1. 1. Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning University of Augsburg
  2. 2. What is Open ECBCHeck? Open ECBCheck stands for Open Certification Standard for E-Learning in Capacity Building
  3. 3. Scope of Open ECBCheck  Open = Inclusiveness – developed through a multistakeholder involvement  Certification = Quality Framework provides possibilty to obtain a certification for e-learning programmes or courses  Programmes = training/learning offer that consists of several modules, a number of lessons, min. 100 hours  Courses = short learning units, max.100 hours  E-L = min. 20% of technology enhanced learning  Capacity Building = International provision across borders, post graduate
  4. 4. Objective of Open ECBCheck To build a quality label for e-learning which serves the needs of the community of CBOs to improve quality, strengthen recognition, enable individual and organisational learning through  Recognition – recognition of quality achievements through building a community  Consensus – creating an international consensus on quality criteria  Openness – to existing concepts and strategies and experiences  Inclusiveness – building on a multistakeholder involvement  Transparency – creating quality transparency through clear criteria & processes
  5. 5. Partners and Initiators InWEnt European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning United Nations University International Labour Organisation Food and Agricultural organisation UNEP CoL UNITAR CGIAR SPIDER International Institut for Communication Development European Foundation for Management Development World bank Institute African Virtual University Open University Catalunya Namibia Qualifications Authority South African Qualifications Authority University of Western Cape Open University of Philippines …
  6. 6. Join the charter & exchange experiences: QWIKI Analyse your courses & programmes Learning report with recommendations through a peer- review Open ECBCheck Architecture Label Criteria Framework Open ECB Check Community Meetings, Workshops Accra June 2008 Berlin DEC 2008 Dakar May 2009 Berlin DEC 2009 Lusaka May 2010 Self-Assessment for courses and programmes Peer-Review Guideline and certification process
  7. 7. Open ECBCheck Target Groups Open ECBCheck Adaptations Self- Assessment Certification (Peer-Review) Dev. of Local Profiles Capacity Building Organisations Internal (recognition, quality improvement)   External (for partner capacity building)    Educational organisations (HE, VET, etc.)   Governmental Organisations (National Quality Assurance Agencies)  Regional Networks, Communi- ties (LA, East Africa, etc.)  
  8. 8. Achievements today  Self-Assessment Tools: Release 2010  Open accessible online Tool for  self-assessment and  peer-review  Open ECBCheck Charter for Quality improvement  Review-Guideline
  9. 9. Criteria Areas Seven distinct criteria areas  A Information about + organization of programme  B Target Audience Orientation  C Quality of Content  D Programme/ Course Design  E Media Design  F Technology  G Evaluation & Review Criteria Area  Criteria  Description  Guiding Questions  Evaluation Criteria are designed to assess courses or programmes
  10. 10. Criteria Framework Example
  11. 11. AvailableasonlineorPDFofflineversion
  12. 12. Overview Area TOT M E A Information about + organization of programme 7 7 0 B Target Audience Orientation 6 1 5 C Quality of Content 4 3 1 D Programme/ Course Design 25 17 8 E Media Design 4 4 0 F Technology 4 4 0 G Evaluation & Review 3 3 0 TOT 53 39 14
  13. 13. Open ECBCheck 4 HE  Open ECBCheck is designed for Programmes and Courses and can be used for Distance Learning Programmes in Higher Education  Open ECBCheck can be used as a guideline for development and delivery of courses and programmes AND as a certification scheme  The criteria framework can be adjusted to institution specific aspects and contexts  Open ECBCheck can be used in institution internal and external peer-review partnerships
  14. 14. Questions?
  15. 15. Thank you very much! …sign up for quality… Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers University of Augsburg, Germany Vicepresident European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning