EVALUATION AND ACCREDITATION OF DISTANCE EDUCATION AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT: THE PROPOSAL OF UABC-CENTER OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY FOR THE EVALUATION OF ONLINE COURSES
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California-CITEC (MEXICO)
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Appears in: ICERI2012 Proceedings
Publication year: 2012
Conference name: 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 19-21 November, 2012
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:One of the main actions undertaken by Universities Education institutions to demonstrate their relevance and sufficiency at productive and social sectors is the quality assurance through the development and implementation of accreditation and certification processes associated with their educational, generating processes efficient and innovative and thus increasing the competitiveness of the institutions and their social impact. In this context, the incorporation of the Information Technology, Communication and Collaboration (TICC's), the importance of globalization at university level and the quality assurance in the learning process has become more complex. Specifically in the case of university distance education, there are national and international standards that assess dimensions pedagogical, technical, administrative and content, which includes a review into the formation processes of aspects of organizational culture, planning of the educational process , organizational structure, administration and management, support and infrastructure, faculty, students, financial resources and more. However, the diversity of standards of international regulations for the evaluation of the Distance Education and the generality and breadth of the national criteria are necessary to define quality indicators and the instruments and procedures for self-assessment and evaluation of educational and initial phase for accreditation. This paper presents a proposal of indicators for quality evaluation of online courses developed by UABC-Center of Engineering and Technology, as a key strategy to promote and strengthen programs for distance education and expand educational coverage.
Keywords: Accreditation of education, Distance Education, Quality Indicators.