1. Address unbundling and the emergence of non-traditional educational providers: A diversified (unbundled) landscape will likely require internationally recognized standards for provision and providers at each unbundled level, backed up by appropriate inspection and compliance bodies regulated by law.
  2. Address quality issues around credentials through qualifications frameworks: “Global coordination of recognition needs to allow for a variety of qualification-types while at the same time keeping systems harmonized enough to allow for some level of standardization,” says the report. Actions for stakeholders to improve the recognition of open learning credentials might include working with the hosts of regional and national recognitions conventions, as well as incorporating the idea of credential quality into all quality assurance systems at the institutional level.
  3. Support knowledge transfer from open and distance learning to traditional quality systems: The authors believe that the experiences of open and distance learning institutions in implementing and using learning analytics, as well as other tech-based solutions for the enhancement of quality, has clear learning value for the rest of the education and quality assurance community.
  4. Support quality assurance audits and benchmarking exercises in the field of online, open, flexible, e-learning and distance education.
  5. Encourage, facilitate and support research and scholarship in the field of quality.
  6. Encourage, facilitate and support implementing quality assurance related to new modes of teaching.

For more information on the review of current online quality models and guidelines, as well as methodology and further recommendation, read the full report, “Quality models in online and open education around the globe: State of the art and recommendations.

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