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Adair, Deb

Executive Director, Quality Matters
Annapolis, United States of America

Track 1 – Emerging Pedagogies and Designs for Online Learning

Make Quality Matter: Applying a Research-Supported Quality Assurance Process to Improve Online Learning

Students’ achievement of stated learning outcomes in online courses and programs requires more than motivation and hard work on the student’s part. It needs support and resources from all levels including pedagogically-sound course design based on standards that facilitate student learning with easy navigation, measurable learning outcomes, effective assessment practices, rich content and resources, active engagement, just-in-time student support, and universal design principles.

This session introduces a research-supported approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement for online education that can be adapted and implemented to achieve institutional or organizational goals not only for higher education, K-12 primary and secondary education, but also continuing and professional education.

Adair, Deb

Executive Director, Quality Matters
Annapolis, United States of America

Track 1 – Emerging Pedagogies and Designs for Online Learning

Adapting US-Based Quality Standards to Culturally and Pedagogically Different Education Systems: The China Case

Can a US-based research approach to quality assurance and constant improvement in online education, adopted by more than a thousand educational institutions, be adapted to education systems outside the USA? What needs to be taken into consideration for the quality standards developed for the English-speaking educational communities to be applicable to an education environment that is very different culturally and pedagogically?

This session answers these questions and shares experiences of a collaboration between a leading US-based quality assurance organization and a major research university in China. It discusses a number of Chinese online and blended courses, evaluates whether the Chinese courses met US standards, and assesses the fit between US standards and Chinese online course design.