Quality Considerations for AVU ODeL Programs
With the increased advances and access to ICT university leaders and government policymakers view open and distance learning as a viable strategy for increasing student access and at the same time balancing the costs for higher education using these technologies. However, many national regulatory agencies and accrediting commissions worldwide see this growth of open and distance learning and the massive influx of for-profit educational providers entering the market as a serious threat to the quality of higher education (Commonwealth of Learning, 2009). AVU has been at the forefront of leveraging ICT to expand access to higher education through ODeL programs, and the concern for quality has been a driving factor for the AVU since its inception. In the second phase of the AVU multinational project, it undertook an initiative to update the quality assurance framework for its programs.