Quality Assurance for eLearning  

Virtual Universities

For a comprehensive account of the development of virtual universities around the world through the analysis of case studies, see the IEEP UNESCO project The virtual universities: models and messages   

Click here for a list of virtual universities. 

The African Virtual University (AVU) mentions quality assurance in the document "African Virtual university support project phase II".
Chapter 7 of the second preparatory study for VUSSC The Changing Faces of Virtual Education (2001) is devoted to quality assurance issues.
The project handbook “Reviewing the virtual campus phenomenon: the rise of large-scale e-learning initiatives worldwide” provides a comprehensive and useful appraisal of virtual campuses worldwide.

Online Education

With Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić and Sir John Daniel editors of both publications, Academic Partnerships has sponsored and published these two guides to quality in online learning, the 2013 publication focusing on formal higher education and the 2014 publication focusing on ‘post-traditional’ higher education.

  1. Butcher, N. and Hoosen, S. (2014) A Guide to Quality in Post-traditional Online Higher Education Dallas TX: Academic Partnerships.
  2. Butcher, N. and Wilson-Strydom, M. (2013) A Guide to Quality in Online Learning Dallas TX: Academic Partnerships.
In 2010 Tony Bates put together a list of different quality standards for e-learning.
The opportunities to engage in on-line learning are not limited to those offered as part of a structured programme of study. In 2002 in order to educate the consumer of on-line learning in what to look for in a good on-line learning course, the Canadian Association for Community Education (CACE) and the Office of Learning Technologies(OLI) of Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) commissioned Dr Kathryn Barker of Futured Inc. to develop a Consumer's guide to E-learning based on the Canadian Recommended E-learning Guidelines.
For an overview of the development of on-line education in the US, see the annual reports of the Sloan Consortium, a consortium of institutions and organizations committed to quality online education. In 2010 they published "A quality scorecard for the administration of online education programs".
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