For many further education and training (FET) programmes and higher education (HE) programmes, government restrictions have required a pivot to a blended learning delivery mode.
When considering Quality Assurance (QA) factors regarded blended learning programme delivery, it may be useful for providers to review QQI's Statutory Quality Assurance Guidelines for Providers of Blended Learning Programmes which supplement and are an addition to the Statutory Quality Assurance Guidelines or core Quality Assurance guidelines, as they are more commonly known. The interpretation and implementation of quality assurance guidelines is set out in the Policy on Quality Assurance here.
Blended Learning Seminar Series
To support colleagues working in a QA or academic management role in FET and HE, QQI has designed a series of blended learning themed seminars featuring advice from experienced national and international experts on how to implement successful blended delivery from a quality assurance perspective.
As the first in a series, QQI hosted a short seminar entitled Blended Learning, QA and Academic Management on Friday 18 September 2020 to help set the agenda for the remainder of the seminars.
Highlights of the event included:
QQI will develop topics for future events based on the responses from the poll. Suggested topics in order of priority include: Student Engagement, Adapting Assessment Types, Student Involvement in QA and Programme Validation. Student Engagement/Motivation and Assessment were also identified as key challenges by participants during the event.