EMPOWER webinar week on Quality Assurance in blended and online education

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Our next EMPOWER webinar week is coming up, dedicated to Quality Assurance in blended and online education.

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EADTU is organising the Quality Assurance in blended and online education webinar week from 12 & 13 November 2019. Click here to watch the webinar or use this link https://eadtu.clickmeeting.com/empowerevents

Quality assurance approaches in higher education are well-established, but it is important to develop quality assurance and enhancement methods which apply to new modes of teaching and learning. The teaching, support and assessment - whether online or face-to-face - needs to be of a high standard, so that students are challenged and engaged. Quality assurance frameworks can help to make this happen (EMPOWER, EADTU, 2019).

In this webinar week we will explore good practices and new developments in the field of quality assurance.

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Tuesday 12 November 2019 [13:30 - 14:30 CET]:

Looking deeper into Quality Assurance: ICDE report

  • Jennifer Mathes, Interim Chief Knowledge Officer and Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Online Learning Consortium & Alan Tait, Special adviser ICDE on quality in education. Emeritus Professor of Distance Education and Development at the Open University, UK Open University, The United Kingdom: Global quality in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced education: analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

  • George Ubachs, Managing Director EADTU, The Netherlands : European SWOT analysis on Quality Assurance in online education

This report was developed to provide a platform for development of guidelines for quality in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced education in all regions of the world .

By working with regional experts, this report provides an overview of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to educational quality in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning. It is not intended to be all-inclusive as there are many institutions that have not participated in the opportunities to provide feedback. However, it does provide a good foundation regarding areas of success (strengths) and an overview of the challenges faced by many.

One important take away that was identified within all of the regions is that quality assurance models are of central importance and value . Those areas that do not provide good guidelines, policies or sharing of best practices face more challenges than others since they need to spend time proving the value of this range of modes of education.

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Wednesday 13 November 2019 [13:30 - 14:30 CET]:

Good practices in Quality Assurance

  • Lampros Tsiknas, HOU, Greece

Quality Assurance strategies in distance education: the Hellenic Open University (HOU) case

The Educational Content, Methodology and Technology Laboratory (e-CoMeT Lab) is an independent unit of the Hellenic Open University (HOU), one of the European Open and Distance Teaching Universities. Over the years, HOU follows, to a lesser or greater extent, the educational trends and adapts to a digitally driven society. The need to grasp the technology in the area of online education and scientific evolution and taking into consideration the singularity of the learning process, combined with the emerged educational methodologies, has recently led the HOU -through the e-CoMeT Lab- to make the firm decision to build new strategies.

e-CoMeT Lab’s missions are the implementation of innovations to support the creation of high quality educational material, the design of methodologies for distance learning and adult education and developing educational services using modern ICT tools. Throughout the years, several processes have been developed and maintained in order to support the educational content creation. The move to the digital era is leading e-CoMeT Lab to redesign the processes or create new ones, building a modern education ecosystem, including the educational environment, the tutors/mentors, the students and the educational material in the evolution center. Technological initiatives and new educational methods (digital and interactive material standards, teleconferences, new pedagogical and technical educational solutions, modern methods of supporting and evaluating students) are being supported in the form of specific templates, aiming to improve the quality and the time-consuming procedures of the digital course design process.

In this webinar, they will present:

• The historical background of quality assurance strategies of e-CoMeT Lab for the HOU

• The quality assurance strategies of the work development process of printed educational content for open and distance learning

• The quality assurance strategies for the work development process of digital educational content for open and distance learning

• The internal evaluation procedures (course design formative evaluations)

Equal opportunities for all: Accessibility in higher education online studies – from quality guidelines to the practice

Diversity of higher educaiton students is growing. Only the number of disabled students in higher education have increased gradually since the late 1990's. Online education offers new possibilities to study for the diversity of students, but noly if it is accessibly.

Accessibility, according the Europan Commission (2010), means that "people with disabilities have access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, transportation, information and communication technologies and systems (ICT), and other facilities and services. In online studies it means that learners have access to DLE (digital learning environment), content and experiences offered by technologies regardless of their special educational needs, disabilities or the assistive technology they use. The new European legislation also demands higher education institutions to be responsible for accessibility issues while developing their online practices (Directive (EU) 2016/2102).

Diversity of students including students with special educational needs and disabilities has been taken into account in quality assurance guidelines and quality indicators for higher education institutions. But what does it mean in educational practices? How is it implemented in educational practices? These themes are discussed in this webinar mainly based on the framework of ongoing national and international project of University of Jyväskylä.

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