Guidelines for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of MOOCs. @COL4D #MOOC

HOy traemos a este espacio este documento de The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to promote the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.  que nos habla de directrices para la calidad de los MOOC .... y que nos presentan así:

There has been a growing interest in massive open online courses (MOOCs) amongst governments, policy makers, higher education providers — both public and private — and development agencies supporting education, ever since the first Canadian offering of an online course that drew over 2,000 students to enrol for free. MOOCs, which started as simple online courses with large enrolments, have developed into a significant innovation to increase access to lifelong learning for all. The fact that there were more enrolments in MOOCs in 2015 compared to the previous three years combined indicates that MOOCs are here to stay. However, there are unresolved questions about the acceptance of MOOCs towards formal credits and qualifications. Whilst a majority of MOOC providers are not yet prepared to grant credits for completed courses, some higher education institutions, such as Georgia Tech, have taken the initiative to offer full programmes using the MOOC approach. MITx is offering a MicroMasters programme that provides credits which can count as a semester for a residential master’s programme in that institution. Recently, the BBC reported that FutureLearn online courses will “provide credits towards a University of Leeds undergraduate degree.” The Malaysian Qualifications Agency has developed a credit transfer framework for Malaysian MOOCs. The University Grants Commission in India is considering the development of regulations to provide credits for MOOCs which will allow them to comprise up to 20 per cent of the total credits for a programme of study.

At the heart of credit equivalency is the issue of “quality.” Offering credits for MOOCs provides a new opportunity for open and distance learning institutions as well as for face-to-face teaching institutions to embrace new technologies to increase access. At a time when over 60 per cent of the population in the Commonwealth is under 29, the demand for skills and higher education is greater than ever before, and creating more brick-and-mortar institutions is not an economically viable option. MOOCs can be a valuable bridge between higher education and the growing demand for employability. Therefore, it is important to raise awareness about and improve the quality of MOOCs by adhering to certain guidelines.  (leer más...)

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