From Inputs to Outcomes: Decoding ‘Quality Assurance’ in Higher-Ed

Allison Dulin Salisbury, EdSurge, Nov 04, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Discussions regarding the quality of online learning will play a central role in the shift in the learning market. Traditionally, 'quality' was defined as 'whatever universities do', while the universities as a whole were accredited by governments or accreditation boards. But if 'quality' is defined on a more granular basis, such that non-university entities can offer 'quality' courses, then this opens the door to the recognition of courses outside the college and university system. This article describes the U.S. Department of Education's Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) pilot (more). The government "is nudging organizations to identify and measure outcomes that matter to students, institutions and employers."

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