The European Alliance MOOQ and the global membership organisation ICDE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a close cooperation. The two leading international initiatives for online learning confirm a shared quality vision and interest in the field of open education. Christian M. Stracke, MOOQ coordinator, and Gard Titlestad, ICDE Secretary General, who signed the MOU, are convinced that the collaboration will provide benefits for the whole community worldwide. A first focus will be the improvement of the quality of Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
"We are happy about this close cooperation with ICDE to facilitate high quality in Open Education and MOOCs in the future", underlines Christian M. Stracke from the Open University of the Netherlands. And Gard Titlestad from ICDE adds: "ICDE is pleased to share the vision of Open Education and to collaborate with MOOQ in the development and consultation of a Quality Reference Framework for MOOCs."
MOOQ and ICDE have established a partnership for the promotion and support of open online learning and its quality and agree to organise first common activities and events. ICDE is already supporting the first Global Survey on the Quality of MOOCs facilitated by the MOOQ alliance.
MOOQ is the European Alliance for Quality of Massive Open Online Courses, called MOOCs. The vision of MOOQ is to foster and improve the quality in Open Learning and Education and in particular in MOOCs leading to a new era of learning experiences.
ICDE, the International Council for Open and Distance Education, is the leading global membership organisation for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced education, and draws its membership from institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals.