Strategies and Considerations for International Collaborations in Quality Assurance for e-Learning Among Culturally and Pedagogically Different Educational Communities
Wednesday, June 26 2:15 PM-3:15 PM Location: De Dam 2
Presider: Madalina Tincu, University of Northern Iowa, United States
Abstract: Can a USA-based, research-supported approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online and blended learning, developed for and adopted by over 1200 higher educational institutions, K-12 schools, and other educational organizations mainly in English-speaking communities for over one and half decades, be adapted to educational systems and environments outside of USA? What strategies work best and what considerations need to be employed in initiating and sustaining collaborations in culturally and pedagogically different educational communities? The presenter from a leading USA-based quality assurance organization will share their experience working with various institutions and organizations in non-English speaking regions, Arabic-speaking, Chinese-speaking, and Spanish-speaking communities in particular, and their strategies and considerations applied to initiate and develop collaborations and partnerships with the goal to contribute to the establishment of a quality assurance process for online and blended learning as well as e-learning in these target international communities.