For many further education and training (FET) programmes and higher education (HE) programmes, government restrictions have required a pivot to a blended learning delivery mode.
When considering Quality Assurance (QA) factors regarded blended learning programme delivery, it may be useful for providers to review QQI's Statutory Quality Assurance Guidelines for Providers of Blended Learning Programmes which supplement and are an addition to the Statutory Quality Assurance Guidelines or core Quality Assurance guidelines, as they are more commonly known. The interpretation and implementation of quality assurance guidelines is set out in the Policy on Quality Assurance here.
To support colleagues working in a QA or academic management role in FET and HE, QQI has designed a series of blended learning themed seminars featuring advice from experienced national and international experts on how to implement successful blended delivery from a quality assurance perspective.
QQI Blended Learning Seminar III: Thursday 4 February 2021
As the first in a series, QQI hosted a short seminar entitled Blended Learning, QA and Academic Management on Friday 18 September 2020 to help set the agenda for the remainder of the seminars.
Highlights of the event included:
An overview of the quality assurance guidelines for blended learning and the recent report produced by QQI on The Impact of Covid-19 Modifications to Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Irish Further Education and Training and Higher Education - Dr Bryan Maguire, Director of Quality Assurance at QQI. The presentation can be viewed here.
Professor Mark Brown, Professor and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University, offered expert advice on the institution-wide issues and challenges to consider for digital learning and teaching initiatives required to manage a blended learning campus environment. His presentation is available to view here.
A brief summary of teaching and learning resources available from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning was provided by Dr Alison Farrell.
A poll carried out during the event to gather feedback from participants to establish priority topics for a deeper focus at future events. Comments, links and questions gathered at the initial seminar are also available to view.
A recording of this event in full is available here.