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Excellence in e-learning: a quality enhancement approach

Kear, Karen; Williams, Keith and Rosewell, Jonathan (2014). Excellence in e-learning: a quality enhancement approach. In: Changing the Trajectory - Quality for Opening up Education, pp. 25–32.

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Abstract

This paper describes the E-xcellence methodology for the quality assurance of e learning. It outlines the E-xcellence process, and describes the main supporting resources: a set of 35 benchmarks, a quality manual and the ‘Quickscan’ self-assessment tool. The manual expands on the 35 benchmark statements, offering performance indicators and supporting discussion. The Quickscan is available online and is intended for use as an initial self-assessment. A key part of the E-xcellence approach is the ‘local seminar’. This is a collaborative workshop where an interdisciplinary team of staff from a higher education institution discuss the quality of their e learning with visiting expert assessors. The paper describes the processes involved in the local seminars and discusses their value to participants. We conclude that the E-xcellence methodology, and in particular the local seminars, provide valuable opportunities for reflection and discussion among staff with different roles, supported by visiting experts. This collaborative approach helps higher education institutions to review their e learning and plan for improvement.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISBN: 3-8325-3686-8, 978-3-8325-3686-2
Extra Information: Official proceedings of the International EIF/LINQ Conference 2014 held in Crete, Greece, 7-9 May 2014
Edited by Christian M. Stracke, Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Alastair Creelman, Tatiana Shamarina-Heidenreich
Keywords: quality assurance; e learning; benchmarks; self-assessment; collaboration
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 40207
Depositing User: Jonathan Rosewell
Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 09:02
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 12:02
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40207
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