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.

Japan's Kumamoto University Online Graduate School1

Japan's Kumamoto University Online Graduate School


The current quality assurance (QA) framework for higher education in Japan is two-fold: initial accreditation upon the establishment of a higher education institution (HEI) and ongoing academic audits. The latter began in 2004, QA for HEIs having relied solely until then on governmental approval of the institution. The governmental approval system or initial accreditation consists of the Standards for Establishing University (SEU) and the Establishment-Approval System (EAS), while the ongoing audit is known as the Quality Assurance and Accreditation System (QAAS). The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) claims that this “three-fold framework,” consisting of SEU, EAS, and QAAS, has both the advantage of the prior regulations assuring proper quality ...

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