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Accreditation, Benchmarks, and Competition: The ‘ABC’s’ of Quality Assurance in Open and Distance Learning Nancy Parker.

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1 Accreditation, Benchmarks, and Competition: The ‘ABC’s’ of Quality Assurance in Open and Distance Learning Nancy Parker

2 The Proposition No matter what approach is taken to demonstrate or certify quality in higher education ODL until institutions are willing to be as transparent as their campus based counterparts doubts will remain and blended institutions will hold a competitive advantage. Athabasca University

3 The Challenge Fraud Poor Practice Lack of common standards Reputation Athabasca University

4 Some Numbers Athabasca University

5 Responses  Lists  Required reporting  Accreditation  Licensing  Quality Markers/Frameworks  Rankings Athabasca University

6 Characteristics Examined First impressions (front page load time; base information access) Expectations (entrance requirements, fees, orientation information, sample materials) Assessment (student success & satisfaction/engagement measures) Athabasca University

7 The Test Athabasca University Institution Students Headcount URL Athabasca University (AU) 38,000http://www.athabascau.ca/ Capella University (CPLA) 38,072 (June 2011) / Deakin University (DU)39,000 Open University (OUUK) ~250,000 e-ou-explained/facts-and-figures University of Maryland—University College (UMUC) 54,921 (Fall 2010) a/upload/UMUCFall10FactBook.pdf University of South Africa (UNISA) 263,559 (2009 MoE) s/AnnualReport_2009.pdf

8 Transparency Examples College Navigator Common University Data Sets Athabasca University

9 Success


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