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.

Virtual University of Pakistan

Virtual University of Pakistan


Pakistan is a populous country of nearly one hundred and eighty million people (Ministry of Population Welfare 2011), making it the sixth largest country in the world. It has a relatively young population with a growth rate that shows no signs of slowing down. In 2007, the last year for which accurate statistics are available, the number of people in the 15–30 year age group stood at nearly 40 million (Federal Bureau of Statistics 2011), and it is estimated that the current figure for this age group is well over 50 million. However, the provision of higher education in the country has not kept pace with the rapidly increasing population. Up until 2001/2002, there were less than 60 ...

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