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EADTU - ENQA Webinar on Quality Assurance in blended and online education

EADTU in collaboration with ENQA hosted a webinar on QA in blended and online education on the 19th of September 2018. The programme consisted of 2 contributions followed by discussion forum. 

Video recording

  • Presentation 1: Main results EADTU-ENQA peer learning activity (PLA) on QA in blended and online education
  • Presentation 2: Main findings of the ENQA WG E-learning 


Main results EADTU-ENQA peer learning activity (PLA) on QA in blended and online education (George Ubachs, managing Director EADTU)

This PLA was initiated to find answers to a changing world of education with emerging trends in online and blended education. In European universities, three areas of provision emerge consistently:

  • degree education
  • continuing education
  • open education (MOOCs, OERs)

Blended education will raise the quality and efficiency of degree education, facing large numbers of students and lower staff/students ratios.  Online education will upscale the area of continuing education and continuous professional development (CPD) by offering flexible and scalable courses with a larger outreach responding to the needs of learners at work, who face longer careers and career shifts. The EADTU-ENQA PLA has identified next steps in the development of high quality blended degree and online continuing education in a dialogue between main stakeholders: universities, quality assurance agencies, governments and students. Only in dialogue between these stakeholders we can come to a favourable environment for further innovating education. This PLA shows a shared responsibility to accelerate innovation and quality of education and to find ways for improvement. Ways forward for all stakeholders separately and in dialogue will be presented.

Main findings of the ENQA WG E-learning (Esther Huertas, AQU Catalunya)

Recognizing that recommendations for quality assurance and e-learning have already been written, the WG decided to create a new focus: to systematically examine both the applicability and relevance of the standards as defined in the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG, 2015). Although each standard proved to be fully applicable to e-learning, some standards seemed to require special guidance on how they can be applied. The findings of this work are applicable to all forms of e-learning. Besides, it is meant to initiate discussion and the thinking process of stakeholders involved, e.g. HEIs, QA agencies, etc. It is not intended to be prescriptive.