Quality Assurance

In most Higher Education institutions the days of academics burying themselves in their research and giving the occasional lecture have long gone. Teaching is acknowledged as a skill and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is now a valued discipline. In the field of online and blended education tutors often go on courses about teaching online and how to manage forums, but seldom do they study web design or instructional design and when I look at some of the courses on our VLE I am conscious of the need for some quality assurance mechanisms to check user interface design, accessibility, consistency and general usability of the web environment. In my search for existing quality check lists I have set up a Scoop It site – Quality Assurance in Online Courses and I’ll be reporting back here from time to time as to what usable, practical tools I discover.

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