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ERIC Number: EJ814039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
E-Learning Quality Standards for Consumer Protection and Consumer Confidence: A Canadian Case Study in E-Learning Quality Assurance
Barker, Kathryn Chang
Educational Technology & Society, v10 n2 p109-119 2007
Emerging concerns about quality of e-learning products and services animated a project in Canada to create quality standards that derived primarily from the needs of consumer, that could be used to guide the development and choice of e-learning at all levels of education and training, and that could be implemented in a simple manner. A set of quality standards were created to reflect best practices in learning technologies, distance learning, and student-centred learning. The standards, first labeled the Canadian Recommended E-Learning Guidelines, are now available in the Creative Commons as the Open eQuality Learning Standards. To implement the standards, two tools were created: a Consumer's Guide to E-learning and a certification mark--the eQcheck quality mark--to indicate that e-learning courses, modules, and programs, and elements of them, meet those quality standards. The purpose is to provide consumer confidence in the e-learning enterprise and consumer protection for the investments made by individuals, agencies, and entire governments. This approach, a Canadian case study in e-learning quality assurance, differs substantially from other e-learning quality initiatives, making a unique contribution to the e-learning quality assurance dialogue. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada