INNOQUAL journal – first issue!

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I have been involved with the EFQUEL community for a number of years now. It’s a great group and the annual conference in September is always good. Recently in addition to this we have established a new journal INNOQUAL, which will focus on quality issues in the use of technologies in education. This is an under-researched area I think and hence the journal is very timely. I am one of the editors, along with Ulf Ehlers and Jan Pawlowski. We are very fortunate indeed to have Ann Tannhauser coordinating the administrative side of things. The first edition is now out and has five great articles:

Trusted Educational Networks for the Internationalization of Open Educational Resources

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Jan Pawlowski, Kati Clements

 

 

Quality Assurance Processes in E-Learning – An Estonian Case

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Toomas Plank, Anne Villems, Lehti Pilt, Marit Dremljuga-Telk, Merle Varendi, Eneli Sutt

 

 

Transtitution – Transforming higher educational institutions through modernization of middle management    

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Radojka Krneta, Rolf Reinhardt, Danijela Milosevic

 

 

A view on Personal Learning Environments through approaches to learning

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Esteban Romero-Frías, José L. Arquero

 

 

Evaluating staff led initiatives in teaching and management innovation in an online university: the case of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

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Nuria Ferran, Teresa Sancho

 

Ulf sets the scene for the issue as follows:

Openness is arriving at educational institutions. It will hit educational institutions at large and change completely the nature of their organization, profile and mission. Like an avalanche it has started already on the top of the mountain and finds its way downward. You don’t see it but it is moving faster and faster with great force underneath the surface. If you are experienced with avalanches you know that it will hit but you don’t know when, and if you are experienced with ‘old style education and training’ you know why: Organisations are giving away knowledge for free. More and more higher education institutions are opening up, in their business models in their leaning designs and in their access regulations.

Training institutions and schools are beginning to change. A huge pressure on the classical 20th century education and training organisation is building up because its unique selling point – to be the sole shepherds of knowledge – no longer holds differentiating power when knowledge is made available for everybody or free. When knowledge is available one of the important future tasks of educators will be to give orientation about quality and to organize certification and assessment. The intention of this journal is to lead the way to these horizons and discuss new emerging and more open forms and methods of quality development and assessment.

If you are interested in issues around quality and e-learning, do consider putting in a paper to the journal!