quality assurance of online learniNg

 online course for HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS and accreditation agencies

IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat is inviting Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and accreditation agencies (AA) from member economies to take part of the online course ‘QA of Online Learning’

The worldwide massification of online programs has speeded up the need to establish quality benchmarks for online programs. The issue is particularly relevant to the APEC goal of driving economic growth through fostering mutual recognition frameworks that facilitate the regional mobility of services.

In this context, it is of paramount importance that HEIs and Quality Accreditation Agencies across the region work on securing the highest levels of quality for their online programs.

The ‘QA of Online Learning’ course complements the APEC QA of Online Learning Toolkit, by providing HEIs and AAs with a practical approach for the development of institutional capacities in QA.

The contents in this course are not designed as a fixed set of QA rules. Participants will be able to apply them to existing QA frameworks or use them to create new ones, depending on the context of each institution.

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5 online self-paced modules

  1. Student information and Support
  2. Student experience
  3. Curriculum design
  4. Assessment and integrity
  5. Learning outcomes

2 online workshops

Deepen the understanding of the Dominions covered in each Module.

Exhange examples and experiences with colleagues from the Asia-Pacific.

Work in teams

HEIs enrol a 4-person team (or teams) composed of professionals involved in QA, online programs development, online projects management, and an academic staff working in online programs.AA’s professional can enrol individually.

 

when

The course will be available between May and October 2022.

Registration is now open.

 

funded by apec

The course is financed by the APEC Secretariat and participation is free of charge for HEIs and AAs from APEC  member economies.

need more information?

Complete the pre-registration form and receive further details.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHO CAN REGISTER?

The program is open to professionals and academic staff from higher education institutions and accreditation agencies in the APEC region.

IS IT A CONTENT-BASED PROGRAM?

The program has a very practical and hands-on apprach. Paticipants will be able to put in practice what they learn in their current activities and work on the strategies of their own institutions.

CAN MY INSTITUTION ENROL MORE THAN ONE TEAM?

To take full advantage of the program, institutions are invited to enrol teams of 4 professionals who currently work  – or intend to work – on online education.

Each ‘team’ should involve one academic; one person working on QA, one involved in online program develpment, and one online program/project director.

A single institution can enrol more than one team, subject to availability.

CAN I REGISTER INDIVIDUALLY?

To make most of the program, participants should enrol in teams of 3 professionals per higher education institution.

Participants from accreditation agencies may enrol individually.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENROL?

The program is funded by APEC and is cost-free for institutions in the Asia Pacific region, from economies members of APEC.

WHAT is THE COURSE LANGUAGE?

All aspects of the course (material, activities, workshops, etc.) course is in English language (official APEC language).

ARE SESSIONS SYNCRHONOUS OR ASYNCHRONOUS?

Modules are designed for self management (asynchronous). Participants need to complete their work within a timeframe, but according to their own times.

Only the online workshops (2) will be synchronous.

WHAT ARE THE ONLINE WORKSHOPS ABOUT?

Online workshops provide a chance to consolidate learnings and interact with other participants.

During the workshops participants will complete activities and engage in active exchanges with their peers.

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?

Each module takes 5 to 7 hours to complete, including off screen time. Modules are realeased in batches of 2 and participants have 8 weeks to complete both modules.

The Modules will be available online from May until October 2022.