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ERIC Number: EJ895988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
Approaching Common Ground: Defining Quality in Online Education
Mitchell, Regina L. Garza
New Directions for Community Colleges, n150 p89-94 Sum 2010
The notion of quality in regard to teaching and learning has always been highly debatable. Is it best measured by qualitative or quantitative measures? Summative or formative assessments? Comparative or independent studies? As someone deeply involved with online education for many years, the author continues to seek definitive answers. During her time as director of distance education for a medium-sized community college, she focused on quantitative data, namely, comparisons of retention rates and student grades between online and on-site classes. Those numbers illustrated that online courses had a higher attrition rate than on-site courses and that there was no significant difference between the final grades of students in either set of courses. Yet quality remains a primary concern of everyone involved with online education. Quality assessment still relies on measuring outcomes often using completion rates of courses and programs. This chapter discusses the notion of quality in online education and attempts to find some commonality among the numerous existing definitions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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