The E-xcellence project on quality in e-learning started on January 1st 2011. The OU contribution is led by Keith W, with Karen, Jon, Giselle and Wendy forming the rest of the team.
Keith and Karen went to Leuven, in Belgium, for the project start-up meeting on 17th and 18th January.
Leuven is a lovely old university town with ornate buildings and cobbled streets. The meeting was at the Irish College which was founded by Irish monks - this was also a lovely building.
The project meeting was attended by representatives from the many project partners and associates. There were attendees from Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Equador … The project partners gave presentations on their particular workpackages. Keith presented for the OU, and included a great whistle-stop tour of ideas and new developments in e-learning.
On the evening of the first day there was a project dinner in a Leuven restaurant. This was a very pleasant event and good for getting to know the other people, and finding out about education, and other aspects of life, in the different countries represented.
The OU team will be developing a set of self-assessment guidelines and benchmarks for quality in e-learning. The project will also run a number of local workshops where an institution can carry out a supported review of their e-learning.