OLC Global Quality Summit

Workshop Session 1
OLC Session

Brief Abstract

Join us for the Global Quality Summit (GQS) as part of the Accelerate conference. In the GQS, you will have opportunities to learn, discuss and share best practices in online and digital learning with high level representatives from global institutions.

In this interactive and informative summit, our speakers will discuss how quality in digital learning is addressed in their region of the world. You will then have an opportunity to collaborate with other higher education professionals, to identify solutions to current problems and future trends in digital learning.

This event takes place at our OLC Accelerate conference in Orlando on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 8:30am – 11:30am and is included in your OLC Accelerate 2018 conference registration. 


Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D serves as the Chief Executive Officer at the Online Learning Consortium. In this role, she provides the strategic direction for the organization and supports the development of key projects and programs to support OLC members. Dr. Mathes has 25 years of experience in both public and private education where she has continuously supported digital learning initiatives. In addition, Dr. Mathes is the author of the ICDE Report Global Quality in Online, Open, Flexible and Technology Enhanced Education: An Analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (2019) and co-editor of the OLC Quality Scorecard Handbook: Criteria for Excellence in Blended Learning Programs (2017). She continues to write and present on key topics in online, blended and digital learning.
Yueling Huang is the assistant dean and director of the Online Education Research and Application Center of the College of Online and Continuing Education at Southwest University in China. Dr. Yueling Huang acquired his Ed.D degree in Education in the Faculty of Education, and Master Degree in Computer Science and Technology at the College of Computer Science at Southwest University. Having been working at the College of Online and Continuing Education since its establishment in 2001, Dr. Huang is one of the founding employers and has witnessed all the critical institutional transformations of online education both at the university level and at the national level. Dr. Huang's research interest focuses on context based student learning effectiveness assessment, big data minding and analysis and new technologies integrated in online education. Dr. Huang has published almost 10 first-authored high quality academic articles in the top-tier journals in the field of online and continuing education in China.
Dr Yaping Gao serves as Senior Academic Director, Member Services and Partnerships, at Quality Matters.

Extended Abstract

Schedule of Presentations:

7:45am - 8:30am Check-in, breakfast and networking
8:30am - 8:45am Welcome Remarks: Global Quality Landscape
8:45am - 9:30am

Session 3:  Adopt, Adapt, and Apply a US-Based Quality Assurance Process to Culturally and Pedagogically Different Education Systems - The Saudi Arabia Case


  • Yaping Gao (Quality Matters)
  • Bandar Alamer (Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University)
  • Mostafa El-Gharbawy (Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University)

Can US-based quality assurance practices for online learning be adapted to culturally and pedagogically different communities? The presenters will share their experience, strategies, opportunities & challenges, in initiating and developing collaborations in Saudi Arabia to establish a quality assurance process for e-learning and distance education in the Arabic-speaking region. 

9:35am - 10:20am

Session 2:  Defining and Measuring Quality in Online and and Continuing Education:  A Cross-Cultural Case in Southwest China 

Presenter:  Yueling Huang (Southwest University)

This paper employed cross-cultural perspective and mixed method approach to analyze how an exemplary higher education institution in Southwest China redefined online and continuing education, constructed a unique quality measurement framework, and explored quality improvement pathway to respond to the nation-wide quality oriented transformation of online education. 

10:20am - 10:35am Break
10:35am - 11:20am

Session 3: Building a Responsive, High-Quality Regional Higher Education Community in Southern Africa

Rassie Louw (North-West University)

11:20am - 11:30am Closing Discussions and Wrap-up