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 Hong Kong

Open University of Hong Kong


Of the ten universities in Hong Kong, the government funds eight, while two are self-financing. External oversight of academic quality in publicly funded institutions of higher education is the responsibility of the funding body, the University Grants Committee (UGC), through its semi-autonomous Quality Assurance Committee (QAC), which conducts periodic institutional quality audits. Self-financing providers are subject to institutional accreditation and program validation by the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (renamed in 2007 as the Hong Kong Council for the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, HKCAAVQ). In the case of the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), which was established by the government in 1989 but became self-financing after four years of operation, the government ...

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