Project Title

Quality Assurance in Online Education 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

HRD 14 2016S 

Project Session

   

Project Type

Self-Funded 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

HRD 14 2016S 

Project Title

Quality Assurance in Online Education 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Fund Account

Self-Funded 

Project Year

2016 

Sponsoring Forum

Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) 

Topics

Human Resources Development 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Australia 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

 

Expected Start Date

01/09/2016 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Symeon Collette 

Job Title 1

Assistant Director 

Organization 1

Australian Government Department of Education and Training 

Postal Address 1

50 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia 

Telephone 1

61-2 62409560 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

symeon.collette@education.gov.au 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Symeon Collette 

Project Cost (US$)

$146,000.00 

Project Summary

Online education is changing traditional models of higher education; and is supporting a wider range of educational choices for students, increasing flexibility in delivery and lowering the costs of provision. Students are able to access globally recognised qualifications, without the costs of physically moving across borders. While these developments present considerable opportunities for the region, there are also significant challenges. As in all education offerings, there is a broad quality spectrum in online and blended learning offerings. There is a risk that poor quality offerings will develop as economies try to keep up with the shifting focus on technology in teaching and learning.

This project will benefit APEC members and the region by helping governments and quality assurance agencies develop a clear understanding of best practice in online learning, and by providing a toolkit to assist economies to understand how to quality assure online education. This project is designed to build the capacity and preparedness of quality assurance agencies to evaluate the quality of online and blended learning degrees, including those developed within their economy. This in turn will assist local institutions seeking approval to deliver blended models with international providers. It will also help to build understanding and acceptance of high quality online learning, enabling greater flexibility in transnational education and recognition of qualifications delivered through online education in the region.

Planned activities include:

· The development of a discussion paper on quality assuring online learning, including a toolkit for the quality assurance of online courses.

· A two−day workshop to develop a shared understanding of online quality assessment and the introduction of the APEC toolkit for Quality Assurance of Online Learning.

· A series of in−economy consultations to apply the toolkit to further develop country−specific quality assurance frameworks and processes

This project supports APEC’s commitment to promoting Cross Border Education (CBE) Cooperation, which was endorsed by APEC Leaders in 2012. The CBE agenda seeks to enhance the mobility of providers and boost existing bilateral agreements, as outlined in the APEC priority of Promoting Connectivity and Leaders' statements in 2013, 2014 and 2015. This priority is supported by APEC economies in the HRDWG 2015 Strategic Plan and Work Plan. The commitment to enhanced cross−border education cooperation reflects the importance of this cooperation in fostering innovative growth as education providers build scientific, technological and linguistic communities.

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