Perspectives on Quality Processes in Distance and Online Education in Higher Education in Oceania

Join this lively broad ranging discussion, where our panel of experts will share how the quality processes from their respective institutions/regions impact curriculum design, development and delivery.

WHEN? November 30, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time – AEST – it is Sydney/Melbourne time)

We invite, and encourage you to please add, before or after the webinar, one of your institution’s quality processes in this document 

We further invite you to join a lively webinar discussion, sponsored by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning (ACODE) and hosted by Assoc Prof Philip Uys of Charles Sturt University, who is the ICDE’s Focal Point of Quality for Oceania.

This webinar is a mini-regional meeting leading up to the International Conference on Quality Assurance: Achieving Sustainable Development through a diverse provision of Higher Education, to be held at UNESCO Head Quarter in Paris, June 2018. UNESCO has partnered with ICDE, Commonwealth of Learning and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) for this initiative.

Anybody in higher and tertiary education in Oceania (that includes Australasia) is welcome to attend.

Our panellists (*see bios below) include:

· Dr Stephen Marshall – President of ACODE and researcher on institutional quality

· Dr Tannis Morgan – Director for the Centre of Teaching, Learning and Innovation Justice Institute of British Columbia, Canada (our panellist external to Oceania)

· Associate Professor Elizabeth Thomson – Director Learning Design Unit, Charles Sturt University, Australia

· David Isaacson – PhD candidate on quality in learning design, The University of Adelaide, Australia.

The webinar will be facilitated by Prof Val Peachey, Professor of Open Education, Charles Sturt University.

Each short presentation will be followed with an opportunity for Q&A.

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A recording will be made for those who cannot attend.

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…. and remember to please add, before or after the webinar, one of your institution’s quality processes here:


*Bios of panellists:

Dr Stephen Marshall is Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology at the Victoria University of Wellington Centre for Academic Development and President of the Australasian Council on Open and Distance Education (ACODE).

Stephen researches in the areas of organisational change in higher and tertiary education, e-learning benchmarking, plagiarism and academic integrity, intellectual property and the of development of policy and strategy to support and encourage the effective use of technology. His e-learning maturity model (eMM) work has been adopted internationally and is used to guide e-learning improvement initiatives in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the USA.

Stephen is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Education Tertiary E-Learning Reference Group. He is a reviewer for the NZ Treasury Gateway Review process, is listed in the TEQSA register of experts, and is also a faculty member for the biannual ACODE Learning Technology Leadership Institute.

Dr Tannis Morgan is the Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning, & Innovation at JIBC, where she is responsible for developing and implementing the institutional e-learning strategy, and lead educational technology innovation and research projects. The Centre includes a team of eight instructional designers, web, simulation, and media specialists who work within a unique Centre model that ensures the quality and innovation of blended and online learning for lifelong learners.

Her expertise is largely focused on educational technology innovation in applied education institutions, in particular the influence of the open movement on higher education strategy. She has conducted research on student use of technology, institutional drivers facilitating the diffusion of open education resources, and open pedagogy in faculty development.

A/Prof Elizabeth A. Thomson Ph.D, M. Phil., MA TESOL, BA, SFHEA is an Associate Professor in Learning Design, working within the Division of Learning and Teaching. She heads a team of Educational Designers supporting faculties in online and face to face course and subject design. She has more than 27 years teaching experience in language education across vocational colleges and universities in both Australia and abroad. Her research interests and publications range across curriculum and assessment design, language education and linguistics.

David Isaacson is an instructional designer and trainer who is based in Melbourne, Australia. He began his career as a music teacher (South Africa), later transitioning to general teaching and specialist ICT teaching (New Zealand) and then to instructional design (Australia). He is in the final stages of his research PhD at the University of Adelaide. His research topic focuses on evidence-based E-learning design, in which he is developing a prototype, cloud-hosted E-Learning design evaluation instrument based on Cognitive Load Theory. In this webinar, David will demonstrate how the instrument supports continuous improvement of evidence-based teaching practices in distance, online and blended learning environments.

By Flexible Learning NZ