Current consultations

At QQI, we recognise the importance of consulting with our stakeholders. We understand that consultation must be open and meaningful and that our approach impacts on the quality of the relationships we build and develop with our stakeholders. We are guided by our consultation framework as we conduct our formal and informal consultations.

QQI has developed a draft of statutory quality assurance guidelines for blended and online learning.  These guidelines build upon the current and widely used guidelines for blended learning and will incorporate QA of programmes which are designed for fully online delivery and assessment.  In recognition of the fact that digital technology is a standard feature of almost all programmes now, the title of the draft guidelines reflects this.

The National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) in DCU has led the development of the guidelines.  The development phase included wide consultation with stakeholders in Ireland and drew on research into national and international best practice. 

Now that the development work is complete, the draft guidelines are published here for comprehensive consultation. 

Once you and colleagues have had the opportunity to study and discuss the guidelines, please use this survey form to submit your feedback.   

The form will be available until 9 June.  At that point, the feedback will be consolidated and used by NIDL, in consultation with QQI, to further strengthen the guidelines.

If you have queries, please use the dedicated email address to send them to us.

In Ireland and around the world, people use qualifications for many different social, economic and cultural reasons.  

Sometimes we take qualifications for granted and we overlook the human and material aspects that support them to ensure qualifications are relevant and trustworthy.  

This Green Paper is a discussion paper. It outlines the Irish qualifications system and includes some broad questions on possible opportunities for improvements. There is also a companion Technical Paper which contains more detail.  

QQI hopes to use the Green Paper to begin a discussion about Ireland’s qualifications system. We believe this is a very important time to focus on how the system is performing. We would like to discuss this with all the different types of people who use qualifications. They include learners, employers, parents, practitioners, occupational associations and professions, providers and their staff, regulators, trade unions, the international community and others either directly or through representative bodies.