Recognizing E-Learning Quality in Global Market

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Marjan Miloshevic
Danijela Miloshevic
Technical Faculty Čačak - University of Kragujevac, Čačak, Serbia
{marjan, danijela}@tfc.kg.ac.rs
Suzana Loshkovska
Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Skopje, Macedonia
[email protected]
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Quality of E-learning
Certification approaches and quality schemes
[email protected] – BADEN
Epprobate
o Aim, objectives
o Procedure
o Self-assessment document
o Evaluation
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Conclusion
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NON
FORMAL
EDUCATI
ON Formal
LLL
educati
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E-Learning
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The standard quality assurance (QA)
procedures are not sufficient
QA in e-learning is generally not a priority
issue, even for QA agencies
Numerous international projects were
conducted to form a comprehensive, yet
usable framework for quality assurance of
learning.
Specialized organizations have developed
their own benchmarking procedures and
tools and established labels as brands
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There are several definitions of quality of elearning, and each depends on its scope,
objectives, focus and the methodology of the
quality approach.
In this context, quality of e-learning is related
to all: processes, products and services for
learning, education and training supported by
the use of information and communication
technologies
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We need
◦ an unified label
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We have...
◦ Language issues
◦ Cultural differences
◦ Law issues
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Label name
Level
Review process
Type
Reviewers
UNIQUe
Universities
Quality mark
Internal
E-xcellence
University
program
Publicly documented, on
site
Publicly documented; online and on-site
(optionally)
Benchmark
Internal
ECBCheck
University
program
Documents and
accompanying web-site
are in construction phase
Quality Mark
Internal
SEVAQ+
Universities, Supporting documents and
Vocational web-site are are available;
studies
on-line
Selfevaluation
tool
Stakeholders
(teachers,
students, ...)
Procert
Courseware
for IT
specialists
Documents are not
publicly available
Benchmark
N/A
epprobate
General
courseware
Quality grid is public;
review conducted on-line
Quality Mark
Internal and
external
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BAlkan Distance Education Network
Formed as result of [email protected] Tempus Project
BASIC GOALS:
◦ Affirmation and use of professional knowledge via elearning and distance education
◦ Tuning into The European Higher Education Area
(EHEA)
◦ Development of informatics society in the region
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FULL TITLE: ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF DISTANCE LEARNING AT
WESTERN BALKAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
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Modernization of education by promoting regional and
international cooperation
Raising the level of pedagogical and technical
knowledge
Raising social awareness about the significance of elearning and distance learning
Fostering and cherishing research spirit in the field…
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Education through professional and research
seminars and summer schools
Organization of professional lectures, trainings,
symposiums and conferences with topics about elearning and distance education
Promotion of distance learning through cooperation
and participation on manifestations of domestic,
regional and international importance
Participation in realization of projects at national,
regional and international level
Promoting and placing of innovative and creative
professional and research solutions
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Carrying out commercially readymade solutions,
individual courses or moderation services
Publishing activity from the primary and related
fields
Creating and continual improvement of
electronic knowledge basis from the fields of elearning and distance education
Promotion of the lifelong learning concept
Creating and realizing accredited programs for
professional training of the employed in
education
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epprobate (from the Latin 'approbare', to
approve) is the first international quality label
for eLearning courseware
The quality label is an initiative of three
organisations:
◦ Learning Agency Network (LANETO)
◦ Agence Wallonne des Télécommunication (AWT)
◦ e-Learning Quality Service Center (eLQSC)
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All kinds od courseware:
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Web based
Mobile
Blended
Game based
OER...
Educational institutions
◦ Universities, High Schools
◦ Non-formal education facilities
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Individual courseware producers
Companies…
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Receive feedback and
consultation
Get international
recognition for your
courseware
Ensure compliance with
state of the art quality
measures
Increase the trust in your
courseware
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Since July 2012. BADEN is authorized to
certify courseware at behalf of epprobate for
Serbia, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro
BADEN has two certified head reviewers...
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Producers contact national partner (BADEN for Serbia, FYRM,
Montenegro)
First step is self-assessment http://review.epprobate.com
Review is conducted by a 4 member TEAM, coordinated by
head reviewer
Target group is represented by one team member
The review process is done using the epprobate quality grid
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The team decision is built on a concensus
There is intensive communication between producer
and the team
International awarding committee is responsible for
the final decision about the awarding of the
epprobate label
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Review is not just a “tick list”!
The feedback to the courseware provider is
more important than simply a decision about
the label
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Criteria are organized into four main sections
of the quality grid:
◦ Course design (Provision of course information,
learning objectives; Constructive alignment)
◦ Learning design (Learner Needs; Personalisation;
Instructional strategies)
◦ Media design (Media Integration; Interface;
Interoperability and technological standards)
◦ Content (Accuracy and values of content;
Intellectual property rights; Legal compliance)
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For each topic the producer fills information in the following table
Assessment and
importance
Comments
Example
Assessmen Comments
t and
importance
This course is intended to meet the needs of students who wish to
have a basic introduction to the nature of design thinking. It is
C3
expected that the audience will therefore be self selecting. There is
no attempt made to adapt the materials to individual needs though
the activities allow for expression of personal perspectives.
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For each topic, each reviewer fills information in the following table
Assessment and
importance
Good features
Issues
Other comments
There is no intention for any single criterion to be essential, but a
courseware supplier in their self assessment document indicates
to what extent they meet a specific criteria.
To every characteristic is assigned a mark:
A - Exceeds the requirements of the criterion
B - Meets the requirements of the criterion
C - Meets some but not all of the requirements of the
criterion
D - Fails to meet the requirements of the criterion
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Assessment Good features
and
importance
A1
The content and
activities are well
balanced and form a
mix of examples and
individual tasks,
followed by a
narrative guidance.
Issues
Other comments
Assessment is modelled
to be mostly selfconducted in form of a
practical task or
discussion.
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There is a certain progress made in quality
assurance in e-learning.
◦ The challenges remains to be faced with, such as
internationalization and usage of objective and
comprehensive – yet not too complex –
methodology.
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Epprobate is an initiative that tries to handle
mentioned challenges
◦ It is an international label, which engages numerous
national partners,
◦ it treats e-learning at the courseware level, making
the QA available to different types of producers
(universities, education agencies, companies) and
◦ it uses a methodology that compounds all vital
criteria through a well defined procedure
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http://epprobate.com
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http://www.dlweb.kg.ac.rs
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 Questions
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