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dc.contributor.author Kilfoil, W.R. (Wendy Ruth), 1952-
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-16T08:47:54Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-16T08:47:54Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Kilfoil, W.R. 2005, 'Quality assurance and accreditation in open distance learning', Progressio, vol. 27,no. 1 & 2, pp. 4-13. en
dc.identifier.issn 0256-8853
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5049
dc.description.abstract This article examines key concepts in quality assurance and accreditation, and then compares the situation in the United States of America (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa, with a view to understanding the implications for open distance learning (ODL). The concepts to be discussed are: quality assurance, accreditation, quality assessment, quality audit, quality control and quality management system, on the one hand, and accountability and improvement, on the other. The Distance Education and Training Council in Washington DC and the Middle States Accrediting Agency form the basis for the US discussion and the Quality Assurance Agency is centres to the UK discussion. In the South African context, the article discusses the criteria of the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education and those of the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning Organisations in South Africa (Nadeosa). The experience of the University of South Africa (Unisa) in obtaining accreditation in 2002 from the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) inWashington DC will give substance to some of the discussion.
dc.description.sponsorship This article examines key concepts in quality assurance and accreditation, and then compares the situation in the United States of America (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa, with a view to understanding the implications for open distance learning (ODL). The concepts to be discussed are: quality assurance, accreditation, quality assessment, quality audit, quality control and quality management system, on the one hand, and accountability and improvement, on the other. The Distance Education and Training Council in Washington DC and the Middle States Accrediting Agency form the basis for the US discussion and the Quality Assurance Agency is centres to the UK discussion. In the South African context, the article discusses the criteria of the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education and those of the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning Organisations in South Africa (Nadeosa). The experience of the University of South Africa (Unisa) in obtaining accreditation in 2002 from the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) inWashington DC will give substance to some of the discussion. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Unisa Press en
dc.subject Open distance learning en
dc.subject Distance Education and Training Council en
dc.subject Middle States Accrediting Agency en
dc.subject Quality Assurance Agency en
dc.subject Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) en
dc.subject National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning Organisations in South Africa (Nadeosa) en
dc.title Quality assurance and accreditation in open distance learning en
dc.type Article en


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