Quality Assurance Agencies perspective of hybrid and e-learning courses provision

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 13:00 CET

Format: Presentations and discussions


During the last decade, different Quality Assurance Agencies (QAA) and international QAAs like ENQA in Europe and INQAAHE globally prepared documents and proposals for e-learning courses in Higher Education. These documents provide relevant guidelines for the definition and provision of e-learning courses and also define some institutional requirements to ensure programmes teaching and learning processes. 

After the pandemic, some HE institutions moved some of their programmes from face-to-face to hybrid or e-learning. The quality assurance guidelines provided added high value to the teaching and learning quality assurance process. 

In this webinar, we will have the opportunity to hear the QAA proposals from different regions and countries and learn about the new quality assurance perspectives of the e-learning and hybrid courses provision.


Josep M. Duart is former vice president for Postgraduate Studies and Lifelong Learning, and former director of the International Graduate Institute at the Open University of Catalonia, UOC (2007-2013). The UOC is a benchmark online university, internationally recognised for quality e-learning, and Dr Duart has played an active role in the development of its educational model, which makes intensive use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Today he is research professor in Educational Sciences and Technology department at the UOC. As a researcher specialising in Educational Technology, elearning models and educational organisation, he leads and collaborates on research projects in areas such as educational policy, higher education leadership and ICT use. He has published several books, including “Learning in virtuality”, 2000 and “Universities in the network society”, 2008, and a range of co-authored articles in specialist journals (British Journal of Educational Technology, Higher Education, etc.). He is the editor-in-chief of the “International Journal od Educational Technology in Higher Education”.


Anna Prades sits in the Board of Directors of the International Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (INQAAHE) as Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, since October 2021. In INQAAHE she has been involved in the development of the International Standards and Guidelines (ISGs). She is Head of Internationalisation and Knowledge Generation Department of AQU Catalunya, where she has been working since 2001. She has a degree in Psychology (1996) and a PhD in Pedagogy (2005) from the University of Barcelona.

Anna Gover is the Director of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). In this role she manages the work of the ENQA Secretariat, works with the ENQA Board to translate the strategic plan into activities for the benefit of the ENQA membership, and represents ENQA in events and meetings across Europe and beyond. In addition she coordinates ENQA’s input to quality assurance policy developments within the European Higher Education Area and internationally. Anna has almost 10 years of experience working in quality assurance of higher education, and previously worked for the European University Association (EUA).

Eamon Costello is an Associate Professor of Digital Learning in Dublin City University. He is deeply curious about how we learn in different environments. He is also concerned with how we actively shape our world so that we can have better and more humane places in which to think, work, live and learn. He has taught and researched a wide range of topics in the places where people and technology mingle. He is an advocate of using the right tool for the right job – or sometimes none at all, for not everything can be fixed nor should be built.

Albert Basart Capmany has a degree in Information Science at the Universitat de Barcelona (2006). During his studies, he worked in the library of the Catalan Universities Ministry, and in other projects related to information management and librarianship. He has worked in AQU Catalunya (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency) since 2004, and became staff of the Quality Assessment Department in 2006 as Project Manager. He is now Secretary of the Evaluation Committee for Social Sciences and Law and Coordinator of the evaluation programme for the validation of recognised degrees in Catalonia.