Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(10), pp. 2457 - 2464
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041026
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Accreditation of Distance Learning


Ergün Demirel *
Faculty of Maritime, Piri Reis University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

The higher education institutes aspire to gain reputation of quality having accreditation from internationally recognized awarding bodies. The accreditation leads and provides quality assurance for education. Although distance learning becomes a significant part of the education system in the 21st century, there is still a common opinion that the quality of distance education is lower when comparing with the classical conventional classroom education. The accreditation will serve public accountability and play a critical role to change this opinion. The aim of this study is to evaluate how accreditation standards can be applied for the distance learning programmes and which areas are benefited by accreditation standards. The study is based on an investigation to identify applicable accreditation system for distance learning including definition of problem areas and continues with production of proposal to facilitate application of accreditation for such systems. The results of this study may lead education providers to establish an accredited distance learning system and ensure the people on quality of their work.

KEYWORDS
Total Quality Management, Quality Assurance, Distance Learning, Quality in Education, Accreditation, CAF (Common Assessment Framework)

Cite this paper
Ergün Demirel . "Accreditation of Distance Learning." Universal Journal of Educational Research 4.10 (2016) 2457 - 2464. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041026.