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Quality Assurance for Massive Open Access Online Courses: Building on the Old to Create Something New


Walls, J and Kelder, J-A and King, C and Booth, S and Sadler, D, Quality Assurance for Massive Open Access Online Courses: Building on the Old to Create Something New, Macro-Level Learning through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Strategies and Predictions for the Future, IGI Global, E McKay & J Lenarcic (ed), Hershey, PA, pp. 25-47. ISBN 9781466683242 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8324-2.ch002


Institutional quality assurance frameworks enable systematic reporting of traditional higher education courses against agreed standards. However, their ability to adequately evaluate quality of a MOOC has not been explored in depth. This chapter, Quality Assurance for Massive Open access Online Courses – building on the old to create something new, explores the added learning and teaching dimensions that MOOCs offer and the limitations of existing frameworks. Many components of a MOOC are similar to traditional courses and, thus, aspects of quality assurance frameworks directly apply, however they fail to connect with the global, unrestricted reach of an open learning and teaching platform. The chapter uses the University of Tasmania's first MOOC, Understanding Dementia, as a case. MOOC-specific quality assurance dimensions are presented in an expanded framework, to which the Understanding Dementia MOOC is mapped, to demonstrate its usefulness to a sector grappling with this new learning and teaching modality. This chapter continues the commentary on – Policy issues in MOOCs Design, through the topic of ‘quality issues critical comparison – contrasting old with new.'

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Walls, J (Professor Justin Walls)
UTAS Author:Kelder, J-A (Dr Jo-Anne Kelder)
UTAS Author:King, C (Dr Carolyn King)
UTAS Author:Booth, S (Dr Sara Booth)
UTAS Author:Sadler, D (Professor David Sadler)
ID Code:101604
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-06-26
Last Modified:2017-02-22

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