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Learning to Live in the Knowledge Society

Volume 281 of the series IFIP – The International Federation for Information Processing pp 153-156

Development of Instruments for Evaluation of Quality of Distance Studies

  • Lina TankelevicieneAffiliated withDistance Education Study Centre, Siauliai University

Abstract

The popularity of declaring quality assurance seems to be growing significantly in the last decade, including the field of distance studies and e-learning. Unfortunately, the implementation of quality assurance mechanisms on the operational level faces considerable problems. In this article we describe different conceptions of quality of distance studies, the stage of research and implementation of quality assurance in Lithuania, and especially at Siauliai University. We present analysis of two case studies where different methods of the evaluation of distance studies were used: 1) Expert evaluation can prove that distance studies meet posed requirements, and therefore is acceptable in the organization; 2) Students’ questionnaires allow to investigate distance studies as a process. Also we present problems that arise while seeking to enhance developed instruments.