Research-intensive universities and online learning

LERU logoA new advice paper, Online Learning at Research-Intensive Universities, has been published by the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Co-authored and edited by Professor Sally Mapstone, Oxford’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education, it states that research-intensive universities must both embrace and strongly influence the online future of education. Professor Mapstone comments: ‘Intelligent scenario planning, underpinned by a willingness to think radically where necessary, will be key to the future provision of a successful learning experience for the next generations of students.’ Regarding quality control, she adds: ‘Research-intensive universities should take the lead in defining standards and expectations for quality assurance in online education. Online offerings should always be subjected to the same rigorous evaluation as traditional course offerings.’

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