Whiteley, Peter N.
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Assessing the quality of distance education: The case of the University of the West Indies
Distance Education Centre, University of the West Indies
Distance education in small states: Conference proceedings
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University of the West Indies, Distance Education Centre
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The University of the West Indies (UWI) delivers its programmes on three campuses, in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad, by distance education techniques and through regional Tertiary Level Institutions (TLIs). UWI is working to expand access to its programmes and one strategy involves increasing the range and number of programmes offered through the Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC), which was established in 1996. The Chancellor's Commission on Governance mandated the development and implementation of a full system of quality audit and quality assurance at UWI. The Commission's report led to the establishment of a Board for Undergraduate Studies (BUS), which began its duties in August 1996. One of the main duties of BUS is to plan and direct the evolution of the UWI system of quality audit and quality assurance. This paper notes the aims of presenting programmes by distance education at UWI; outlines the quality assurance and quality audit systems at UWI; highlights possible criteria for the assessment of distance education programmes; and considers implications for the further development of distance education programmes.....