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 Malaysia1

Open University Malaysia
AnuwarAli and MansorBinFadzil


As Malaysia moves into a high-income economy, the need to develop the country's human capital has become the mainstay of the government's policies. This is manifested by the more than three hundred and thirty million US dollars allocated under the economic stimulus package to maintain the country's competitiveness and enhance efficiency of the labor force, as announced by the government in January 2009.

Higher education in stitutions (HEIs), in particular, those involved in open and distance learning (ODL), are well positioned to participate in this agenda, as they cater largely to the working adult population. With a number of ODL providers offering their programs, including those from abroad, there is a genuine concern about the quality of educational provision. ...

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