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ICDE Roundtable at UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022

With the backdrop of an increasing need for quality assurance in OFDL and the aim of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Quality Education, this report looks at one initiative for quality data collection and benchmarking among institutions as well as the international views during a panel discussion.

Key findings:

  • regional perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for quality assurance of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (OFDL) from ICDE members
  • introduction to the Benchmarking Framework for Online, Open, Smart and Technology-enhanced Higher Education, a global collaborative initiative and consortium
  • summary of the panel discussion that took place during ICDE’s Roundtable at the UNESCO WHEC 2022

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The roundtable consisted of five panelists and explores their views on eight identified challenges. Key opportunities for quality assurance of OFDL are then presented from their regional and institutional contexts.

The report is divided in two parts. The first introduces the Benchmarking Framework and Consortium, a quality assurance initiative established in 2019 by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU).

The second part summarises ICDE Roundtable at the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022. The discussion ended with their visions of the future of education, OFDL’s place in the system and how the benchmarking framework can be utilised by institutions across borders. This report concludes with a final view of next steps and recommendations for the improvement and innovation of quality assurance within the OFDL system.

Related readings:

Benchmarking Framework

How to join the Consortium

The UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022

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