Quality English establishes online quality standards mark
Quality English (QE) has announced the introduction of a new QE Online Course Standards quality mark for e-learning courses that are currently being delivered by its licensee schools.
At present, around thirty QE and QED institutions have developed online courses for delivery to students.
An increasing number of academic institutions have had to resort to introducing e-learning courses as the lockdown measures from the global Coronavirus pandemic forces them to innovate.
Quality English online mark assesses institutions’ preparedness
The QE committee – comprised of QE staff, owners and Academic Directors of
QE schools across the globe – devised best practice guides and QE Online Learning Standards.
As online English courses become an increasingly popular option, the QE Online Course Standards mark will provide students with assurance of the quality of these courses.
The institutions that have met the requirements of the QE Online Course Standards will now carry the new QE Online Logo.
QE wants to reassure students of the high quality of its education delivery
These standards cover different elements of the institutions’ online provision, including assessment, one-to-one tutorials, maximum class sizes, course textbooks and resources.
Online social programmes, safeguarding policies, technical support, pastoral support and their complaints procedure are also factored in.
Jonathan Swindell, Chief Executive of Quality English and Quality Education, spoke to Global Education Times and explained the need for QE’s introduction of such quality assurance, as students increasingly make the move to online learning.
“As the need to develop online courses to support current students became evident, we decided to focus on quality-assurance to support the development of our schools’ courses.
“We thought that this was an important first step in order to reassure agent partners, students and parents that the standards of QE School Online Courses would match those of their on-site courses.
“QE Schools will continue to improve and develop their online courses over time and these will be exciting additions to their course portfolios.”
As part of their ongoing support for its partnered schools across the world, QE also hosted its first “e-Mission” last week.
The e-Mission brought together 26 of QE’s schools with 48 Quality Agents across two free sessions.
More are planned for the future and will aim to provide these institutions with an opportunity to discuss their online courses and plans for the future.
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