Open ECBCheck – Quality improvement scheme for E-Learning programmes

While during the first years the global community of „Electronically-supported learning“ was centred mainly on e-didactics, content development and E-Learning technology, more recently the focus has evolved towards quality assurance and international accreditation. An international request was evoking regarding the generation and implementation of quality standards for Capacity Building for E-Learning. The idea for ECBCheck being a low-cost, community based certification for E-Learning in Capacity Building (ECB) was born.

Quality Improvement Scheme for E-Learning Programmes

The service of the Open ECBCheck supports organisations to measure how successful their e-learning programmes are and allows for continuous improvement through peer collaboration and benchlearning. Members of ECBCheck can benefit in a variety of ways from their membership. They have access to tools and guidelines for their own practice and are able to obtain a community based label.

Governance Structure

The governance of ECBCheck relies on three distinct bodies, under the overall coordination of EFQUEL and GIZ.

While the ECBCheck Administrative Office, hosted by EFQUEL, is responsible for the smooth operation of the ECBCheck labe, the steering group, led by the GIZ, is responsible for the strategic development of ECBCheck to continuously adapt the label to the communities needs. It consists of a number of organisations that are either committed organisations from the field of Capacity Development or expert organisations in the field of e-Learning and Quality (e.g. research centres, universities). There is one representative of each organisation in the steering group. See who is a member

There are also several organisations actively supporting ECBCheck, among them the World Bank Institute and the World Health Organisation as well as several UN organisations.

The ECBCheck Quality Criteria

The ECBCheck Criteria analyse a wide variety of indicators about the programme. It takes into account general information about the programme and the objectives, organisational and technical requirements, target group orientation, content quality, the programme/course design, the media design, the technology, and the evaluation and review process. You can find more detailed information about the criteria here.

Certification process

In order to obtain the ECBCheck quality label, institutions can submit their programmes for the quality review in two rounds every year, by using this application form to express their interest. They will then be contacted by the Administration Office and informed about the following process as well as the costs and tasks. The process will then continue by checking the eligibility of the institution or programme/course. If it is eligible, a self-assessment and a peer-review will follow. There is a pool of available peer-reviewers from a variety of different organisations that are ECBCheck community members. The pricing depends on the number of courses. There are also special partner prices available for selected members of the ECB Community or least developed countries.

Find out which programmes have been awarded by ECBCheck thusfar.

If you are interested in learning more about the ECBCheck, you can also take a look into the handbook.