Global research team discusses quality models in online and open education around the world.


After researching dozens of online learning quality guidelines around the world, a team of international researchers have outlined recommendations to improve those models and propel online and open education into the future.

The study and its recommendations, undertaken on behalf of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and in formal consultative relations with UNESCO, was conducted by a research team coordinated by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) and aims to serve as “guidelines for communication, dissemination and valorization activity on quality standards in open and distance learning with stakeholders.”

According to the study’s authors, providing an overview of current global quality standards in online and open education, as well as providing recommendations to ensure quality moving forward, is critical for all higher education institutions today as online and open learning gains international momentum.

The rise of the open education movement, the growing development of open educational resources (OER), MOOCS, “increased internationalization, and widening recruitment and upscaling of reaching students are drivers [of online education],” states the report. “Hence, how, where, and when students learn, how institutions structure programs and services, and how these services are structured are global challenges.”

The report emphasized that “improving quality of student experiences is more than ever extremely important.”

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