ENQA organised a workshop on the quality assurance of E-learning. The workshop was hosted by the National Agency for Higher Education (NAHE), Sweden.

Background and Main Ideas
In a recent report (E-learning Quality (ELQ) – Aspects and criteria for evaluation of e-learning in higher education. Report 2008:11R) the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (NAHE) has surveyed the work on quality assurance of e-learning in higher education on a European level in nine selected countries. One conclusion is that quality in e-learning is a non issue for many, especially for the quality assurance agencies.

Although there are promising projects governed by other organisations such as the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), the European Foundation for Quality in E-learning (EFQUEL), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), all these projects deal with e-learning as a separate issue. In the NAHE report, it is suggested that the same criteria for quality should be applicable to e-learning as it is to traditional campus-based education. The accreditation, audit and assurance process of e-learning should therefore be integrated in the national framework and not be evaluated separately. To this end, there is a need for methodological development within quality assurance agencies. At the same time, there is a need for increased cooperation between national agencies as e-learning enhances the development of borderless education.

Key Questions

  1. Which new aspects and criteria specific for e-learning do we have to consider?
  2. How can we integrate e-learning criteria in the national evaluation programme?
  3. How can we build up cooperation/knowledge exchange on a European level between national assurance/accreditation organisations and organisations with experience in e-learning quality such as EADTU, EFQUEL, and JISC?

PROGRAMME
The workshop programme can be found here.