Digitization of Credentials: The Quality of Shorter term Educational Experiences

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation/International Quality Group (CHEA/CIQG) has released Digitization of Credentials: The Quality of Shorter-Term Educational Experiences, authored by higher education expert Peter van der Hijden (download the report here).

The report draws on the discussions of an expert group meeting convened by CHEA and AACRAO, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers in March 2019. 

Chief take-aways: 

  • The basic features of quality do not differ between long-term or shorter-term learning experiences.
  • New delivery modes, e.g., online and blended learning, will require some specialized knowledge and expertise to be developed among providers and accreditors.
  • Accreditors should include shorter-term educational experiences in their periodic review of institutions and programs and organize reviews of shorter-term educational experiences offered by alternative providers.
  • Ensuring easily accessible and reliable information on the quality of shorter-term educational experiences is a challenge for the years ahead. Has Quality Assurance Become Obsolete in the Digital Era?  by James Keevy, Chief Executive Officer of JET Education Services in South Africa, addressing issues related to the growing digitization of credentials internationally.

Digitization of credentials and quality of shorter-term educational experiences will be among the issues addressed at the CHEA 2020 Annual Conference and CIQG Annual Meeting, to be held January 27-30 in Washington, D.C.

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