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November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

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Assuring Quality of Blended Learning in Higher Education

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Presenter(s)
Yan Luo-Beitler (Keiser University Graduate School, USA)
Additional Authors
Sidney Beitler (Palm Beach State College, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 5:30pm
Track: 
Institutional Leadership and Strategy
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Electronic Poster
Location: 
Plaza Foyer
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Session: 
Electronic Poster Session
Abstract

From the institutional level, this paper shares some best practices on effective strategies and policies assuring quality of blended programs in higher education.

Extended Abstract

Providing flexibility and convenience for big demand of continuous learning, as well as economic incentives for institutions, blended learning becomes more and more popular in higher education. In order to make this growth sustainable, blended learning must ensure that quality instruction and successful learning are occurring in the blended learning environment. Research showed that online instruction is as effective as traditional instruction. However, blended learning sometimes still struggles from poor quality and low standards. While recognizing the holistic nature of higher education, this paper focuses on the institutional policies and strategies for quality assurance in higher education. By analyzing the research results from students and faculty surveys from the existing blended learning courses in two different higher education institutions (public and private, community college and university), the authors identified several critical issues. Aiming these identified issues, the paper shares the best practices of new quality standards, institutional policies and strategies in a public community college and a private university.