ICDE World Conference on Online Learning

November 3-7, 2019
Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland

Global Best Practices in Online Learning to Support a Quality Student Experience
Dr. Jennifer Mathes, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Online Learning Consortium 
Monday, Nov 4, 2019 | 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Online learning continues to grow in strategic importance for education providers around the world. The challenges for many is understanding how to create an effective environment for student learning. In addition, while there are a number of best practices that can be found in the research, it is not always clear what the best option is for various situations. By reviewing global resources for quality in online learning, educators can identify those that will work best in their learning environment.

In addition, an overview of quality standards around the globe will be shared. This includes many of the rubrics that are used to review course design and overall program quality. These may include resources that have been vetted and provided through known sources (Quality Matters, the Online Learning Consortium, etc.) and created internally at educational institutions. In some cases, education providers are adapting these known rubrics to create a version that can fit their needs. Since many of these tools can be modified and used by education providers in other countries, information will be provided on countries where the rubrics are currently available and the steps that educators can take to make modifications. Further, information on how these rubrics can be used in accreditation or government regulations processes will be discussed.

SWOT Forum: Global Quality Revisited
Dr. Jennifer Mathes, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Online Learning Consortium 
Monday, November 4, 2019 | 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Using the ICDE report on Global Quality in Online, Open, Flexible and Technology Enhanced Education: An Analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats as a foundation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion on the environment within their own institution or region. This interactive forum will focus on the quality issues around the world in order to engage in deeper conversations while encouraging participants to share best practices that have the potential to be adapted and adopted globally.

Using Digital Learning to Create Quality Learner Experiences
Dr. Jennifer Mathes, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Online Learning Consortium 
Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 | 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Meeting the needs of learners around the world, education providers often find themselves turning to digital learning and especially adaptive learning technologies. These tools can provide a more personalized experience for students by providing additional review for those students that need more assistance while allowing those that are more advanced to move through materials at a faster pace.

While tools and technologies vary around the world, there are certain components that need to be included in order to help learners be successful. This includes appropriate integration of the digital learning tool into the classroom. Best practices for implementation will be shared with attendees.


Webinar: Looking deeper into Quality Assurance: ICDE report (View recording)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 [13:30 – 14:30 CET]

Dr. Jennifer Mathes, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Online Learning Consortium & Alan Tait, Special adviser ICDE on quality in education. Emeritus Professor of Distance Education and Development at the Open University, UK Open University, The United Kingdom: Global quality in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced education: analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

George Ubachs, Managing Director EADTU, The Netherlands : European SWOT analysis on Quality Assurance in online education


This report was developed to provide a platform for development of guidelines for quality in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced education in all regions of the world .

By working with regional experts, this report provides an overview of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to educational quality in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning. It is not intended to be all-inclusive as there are many institutions that have not participated in the opportunities to provide feedback. However, it does provide a good foundation regarding areas of success (strengths) and an overview of the challenges faced by many.

One important take away that was identified within all of the regions is that quality assurance models are of central importance and value . Those areas that do not provide good guidelines, policies or sharing of best practices face more challenges than others since they need to spend time proving the value of this range of modes of education.


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