THREE INSTITUTIONS, THREE APPROACHES, ONE GOAL: ADDRESSING QUALITY ASSURANCE IN ONLINE LEARNING

Marwin Britto, Cristi Ford, Jean-Marc Wise

Abstract


The rapid growth of online academic programs in higher education has prompted institutions to develop processes and implement strategies to ensure the quality of their online offerings. Although there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach, there are “quality” standards which institutions can effectively implement regardless of context. This paper examines approaches from three different types of institutions in addressing quality assurance in online education on their respective campuses. Specifically, this paper presents three case studies and describes each institution’s 1) background and overview, 2) quality definition, 3) approach to quality assurance, 4) models and approaches, 5) goals, 6) successes, 7) challenges, and 8) lessons learned. A comparison reveals that despite differences in scope, size, location, mission and extent of online development, there is consistency in the institutions’ strategies to addressing quality assurance in online learning.

Keywords


Quality Assurance, Online learning

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24059/olj.v17i4.402



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