Quality Assurance in Distance Education and E-Learning: Challenges and Solutions from Asia documents the existing regulatory framework covering quality assurance (QA) systems in distance education (DE) in a number of Asian countries. It draws on the knowledge and experience of 16 selected DE/e-learning institutions of Asia and reveals the respective development of QA systems and procedures within these providers/programmes.

The endeavour towards developing QA systems through various stages of testing and development is in response to the growing public concern for the quality of DE as well as staff aspirations for quality. This book, through the selection of cases from the aforementioned institutions, covers a wide range of QA systems and perspectives of quality in DE. These cases present good practices in QA for DE/e-learning, analyse challenges in assuring the quality of DE products and services, offer possible solutions to meet those challenges, and present lessons for other DE providers.

Open University of China

Open University of China
LiYawan, YangTingting, and NiuBen


Conventional higher education institutions in China are required to comply with the quality assurance (QA) framework specified by the Ministry of Education (MOE). Distance education (DE) institutions also have to undergo external evaluation under the guidance of the MOE and conduct an internal evaluation, as explained in Chapter 6.

The Open University of China (OUC, originally known as the China Central Radio and TV University), together with the Radio and TV University (RTVU) system, which includes 44 provincial RTVUs, nearly one thousand municipal and prefectural RTVUs and three thousand learning centers, comprises China's DE system. In addition, 68 e-colleges operated by conventional universities have been providing ICT-based DE since the initiation of the Open Education Pilot ...

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