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.

University of the Philippines Open University

University of the Philippines Open University
PatriciaB.Arinto

Introduction

Distance education (DE) in formal degree programs commenced in the Philippines in the late 1970s and early 1980s. According to Natividad (2001), these pre-1990s DE programs were generally “small-scale operations” with low enrolments. Moreover, few people understood DE, and some institutions claiming to offer DE programs were actually delivering extension programs in which lecturers met students at a location off-campus during weekends. It was not until the 1990s that DE began to gain recognition as a legitimate mode of delivering higher education in the Philippines and established universities began to offer DE programs. The Philippine Women's University began offering lessons via television for its DE mode Master of Arts in Education program, and the ...

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