The European quality benchmark for online, open and flexible education

During the Online, open and flexible higher education conference in Rome at 19-21 November, three E-xcellence Associates in Quality received the E-xcellence award. Identifying their excellence in new modes of teaching as well as fields of improvement in their institutions.

Dalarna University                                University of Nicosia                                      

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Launch third edition E-xcellence manual

The third edition of the E-xcellence manual has been launched on 13 April 2016. This new edition includes additional material reflecting on new and recent trends: the rapid rise of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a surge of interest in learning analytics, and an increasing use of learning design in a more systematic approach to the development of e-learning courses. A number of other topics that are not yet widespread have also been included, such as an increased focus on personalisation, flipped approaches to teaching, virtual and remote laboratories, digital badges and e-portfolios.

The new manual can be downloaded here

Webinar on quality models in online and open education

EADTU is launching a series of open webinars to address developments on Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education in a European context.

Next week's webinar will be on the ICDE study on Quality models in online and open education around the globe: State of the art and recommendations that was coordinated by EADTU. The webinar will take place on the 11th of November at 11.00 CEST. Ebba Ossiannilsson and Keith Williams, co-authors of the report, will guide you through the reports’ main findings and implications for practice. The webinar will be introduced by Gard Titlestad, Secretary General of ICDE.

Please register for the webinar latest 9 November. Number of places is limited.

SEQUENT project


EADTU, EFQUEL and ENQA have joined forces in the SEQUENT project (2014-2015) under the Lifelong learning programme of the European Commission. It concerns a European wide initiative that will not only promote both quality in e-learning models E-xcellence (EADTU) and UNIQUe (EFQUEL) but more broadly the variety of quality tools, quality approaches and quality models that may serve the improvement of e-learning provision in European education. In line with the current EU policy on opening up education the SEQUENT project will draw attention to the use of ICT in higher education.
The SEQUENT project therefore aims to promote excellence in online and flexible education, with a clear goal to support European Universities to follow the European Modernization Agenda and to make higher education in Europe fit better to cross-border collaboration initiatives in the implementation of innovative and ICT enhanced partnerships.

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Reviews at Dalarna University in Sweden on the 15th of September 2014

Reviews at Dalarna University in Sweden are taking place on the 15th of September 2014 for six language departments that offer at least the level of Bachelor’s Degree: these are the Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish Departments.

Reviews at MESI in Moscow are planned on the 23rd of September 2014 for 5 new online programmes

  • Legal Studies;
  • Economics;
  • Management;
  • Business Informatics;
  • Applied Informatics.

NVAO MOOCs and online HE survey now available in English

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It is with interest that the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) is looking at the potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), blended learning, and online education in general, to strengthen the quality of programmes in higher education. The NVAO approaches this issue from three distinct perspectives: Dutch/Flemish, European, and global.
The English translation of the survey outcomes can be downloaded from the NVAO website, please click here to do so.


Qualified Courses!

The first universities (faculties, departments) are qualified for the E-xcellence label and are now an Associate in Quality. Check the overview of all qualified universities at this website.

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Benchmarking e-learning in higher education

Public defence by Ebba Ossiannilsson at Oulu University, Finland 14 December 2012 on the topic of “Benchmarking e-learning in higher education : Lessons learned from international projects”

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