Quality Reference Framework for improving, assessing and comparing the quality of MOOCs

 
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The European initiative MOOQ for the quality of MOOCs has started to develop a common Quality Reference Framework for improving, assessing and comparing the quality of MOOCs.

The high drop-out rates have raised the question of quality for MOOCs, and several international conferences (such as LINQ 2014) have had a special focus on that issue. As often criticized for their quality (e.g. by Daniel 2012 and Stracke 2015), the European initiative MOOQ for the quality of MOOCs is focusing on how to make MOOCs better. MOOQ’s mission is to develop a quality reference framework for the adoption, design, delivery and the evaluation of MOOCs in order to empower MOOC providers for the benefit of the learners. Its main goal is therefore the development and the integration of quality approaches, new pedagogies and organisational mechanisms into MOOCs with a strong focus on the learning processes, methodologies and assessments.

The Open University of the Netherlands, member of ICDE, through the keynote Dr. Christian M. Stracke, will deliver a Key Note on Open Learning at the International IEEE EDUCON Conference in Abu Dhabi 10-13 April 2016. He will there present current policies and practices as well as new initiatives such as MOOQ for the quality of MOOCs.