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ERIC Number: ED422858
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
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Using a Materials Database System as the Backbone for a Certified Quality System (AS/NZS ISO 9001:1994) for a Distance Education Centre.
Hughes, Norm
The Distance Education Center (DEC) of the University of Southern Queensland (Australia) has developed a unique materials database system which is used to monitor pre-production, design and development, production and post-production planning, scheduling, and distribution of all types of materials including courses offered only on the Internet. In December 1997, the DEC quality system was certified as meeting the requirements of the international standard AS/NZS ISO 9001:1994. The purpose of this paper is to provide a clear understanding of both the elements of the materials database and its integration with a certified quality system. Stated objectives are to: (1) demonstrate the design of a quality system that adapts the ISO 9001 standards to distance education in a higher education institution; (2) evaluate the scope and objectives of a DEC materials database system for planning, scheduling, production, and preparation of all types of materials; (3) identify the different requirements and outcomes for the four main areas of pre-production, design and development, production, and post-production; and (4) identify the principal elements of integration of a sophisticated materials database system with the ISO 9001 standards. Successes and failures in developing the quality and materials database systems are also described, and future plans are summarized. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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