ERIC Number: ED422856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The Search for Quality Standards in Distance Learning.
This paper explores the issues surrounding quality in higher education and its necessary adaptation to the online world of educational delivery. A historical perspective on quality standards is presented, and characteristics of recent models for quality control are outlined. Quality-related issues in Walden University's (Minnesota) two new online, course based programs--a Ph.D. in Professional Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Educational Change and Technology Innovation--are discussed. Highlights include: (1) managerial quality/organizational criteria, including leadership and record keeping; (2) functional quality/technological criteria, including student support via process teams; and (3) ethical quality/instructional criteria, including the relationship between students and faculty, faculty evaluation, and student and faculty empowerment. (Contains 33 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Course Evaluation, Distance Education, Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Empowerment, Evaluation Criteria, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Leadership, Models, Online Systems, Quality Control, Recordkeeping, Standards, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Distance Learning '98. Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning (14th, Madison, WI, August 5-7, 1998); see IR 018 976.