Managing Quality Assurance in ODeL: ensuring that the learning materials are of good quality
Given the popularity of ODeL and its high costs for governments, students and their parents, it is important to ensure its quality as an increasing number of actors in both public and the private sectors are now getting involved as providers. Quality assurance is defined as “a process in the entire operations involved in the implementation of distance education programmes. It involves the management that supports distance education, the courseware materials, academic, technical and pastoral support services provided to the learners” (Odumbe and Misiko, 2016).
In a paper submitted to the 2016 3rd International Conference of African Virtual University held in Nairobi, Kenya on 6-7 July 2016, Odumbe and Misiko (2016) described the quality assurance practices for instructional materials development at the Centre for Open and Distance Learning in collaboration with internal Schools and Faculties at the University of Nairobi.