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[EADTU-ENQA PLA] Introduction PLA: Quality Assurance of Blended and Online Programmes


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Presentation by George Ubachs (EADTU) during the EADTU-ENQA Peer Learning Activity in Brussels on 21-22 September 2017

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[EADTU-ENQA PLA] Introduction PLA: Quality Assurance of Blended and Online Programmes

  1. 1. Peer Learning Activity “Quality Assurance of blended and online Programmes”. 21-22 September 2017
  2. 2. Aim of this PLA • The PLA will identify next steps in the development of quality blended degree and online continuing education in a dialogue between main stakeholders: universities, governments, quality assurance agencies and students. • Identifying each others perspectives, roles, challenges, needs, experiences and expertise 2
  3. 3. Why this PLA? Changing world of education In European and Western universities, three areas of provision emerge consistently: • degree education • continuing education • open education (MOOCs, OERs) 3
  4. 4. Keeping pace with the needs of learners of all ages and of society. • Blended education will raise the quality and efficiency of degree education, facing large numbers of students and lower staff/students ratios. • Online education will upscale the area of continuing education and continuous professional development (CPD) by offering flexible and scalable courses with a larger outreach responding to the needs of learners at work, who face longer careers and career shifts. 4
  5. 5. Creating a favourable environment for innovating education Accelerate by dialogue Only in dialogue between the main stakeholders we can come to a favourable environment for further innovating education. This PLA shows a shared responsibility to further innovate and find ways to improve, together in dialogue. 5
  6. 6. Partners in dialogue Higher Education Institutions 1. AGH 2. Anadolu University 3. DCU 4. EduOpen 5. FIED 6. Hellenic Open University 7. KU Leuven 8. MCSU 9. Open University Cyprus 10. Open University of the Netherlands 11. OUUK 12. TAMK 13. TU Delft 14. UNED 15. UniDistance Switzerland 16. UNINETTUNO 17. University of Jyväskylä 18. UOC Governments • European Commission (EACEA) • Flemish Ministry of Education Quality Assurance Agencies 1. Finnish Education Evaluation Centre FINEEC 2. Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) 3. Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CY.Q.A.A.) 4. AQ Austria 5. Evalag, Evaluation Agency Baden-Wuerttemberg 6. AQU Catalunya 7. AAQ Switzerland 8. ASHE 9. ACSUCYL 10. UKÄ 11. NVAO 12. Fundación para el Conocimiento Madrid (FCM) Umbrella organisations • ESU • ENQA • EUA • EADTU 6
  7. 7. PLA elements • What does quality mean in new forms of education? • Being able to assess what is to be assessed in innovating education, you need to speak the same language and work with the same criteria and indicators. • Identifying challenges related to blended and online education (Questionnaire) • What are regulatory frameworks hampering or stimulating further innovation? • Good practices in using QA systems for blended and online education • Etc.
  8. 8. Goals • Achieve a common understanding and identifying the rationale of blended and online approaches in degree education and short learning programmes • Analyse positive and negative forces on innovation in degree education and SLPs through a force field analysis • Making a stakeholder analysis and define stakeholder-related progress markers for innovation in degree education and SLPs in a three stages perspective (short term; medium-term; long-term) • Identify the expertise needed and ways of sharing at European level • Identify ways forward and lower thresholds in innovating education • Identify ways forward by stimulating innovation in education • Identify the different approaches; • Identify future innovative projects related to the topic of the PLA. 8
  9. 9. End results: PLA report • Purpose of the PLA report: summarising discussions. The report is structured according to the objectives of the PLA and draws on a range of presentations, cases and workshop discussions that forms this PLA. • The report can be used to guide and support the work of the stakeholders • The PLA outcomes are to be submitted to the council of ministers (Paris 2018) as input to the Bologna process. 9
  10. 10. Outline of PLA Programme Session 1. The changing pedagogical landscape in Europe. Latest developments in uptake of new modes of teaching Session 2. Quality Assurance of blended and online education: Roundtable country reports 2a Presentation by ENQA WG E-learning on recommendations for the QA of e-learning 2b. Quality Assurance of blended and online education: how is it currently done? Interactive interview of all participants and discussion on the results of the questionnaire Session 3. Parallel Thematic Sessions on challenges blended and online (SLP) education Followed by Feedback and drawing overall conclusions of the working groups Moderated discussion Session 4. Structured discussion on ways to address QA of blended and online education: World café format Session 5. European level approach for QA of online education E-xcellence approach; lessons10
  11. 11. ENJOY! George Ubachs