Session 1-2: Open Online Learning

Design, Quality and Evaluation of Online Learning

Facilitator: Christian M. Stracke
(in Dutch or in English depending on workshop participants)

Globalisation and the Internet have previously challenged and continue to challenge all societies especially in regards to learning and education. On the other hand, globalization and the Internet also offer new opportunities for innovative (formal, non-formal, and informal) learning. Due to these mutating conditions in societies, there is a current and increasing need to change education, reflecting this ongoing societal revolution in relation to required competences in the future. Online learning is gaining more and more interest but lacks quality frameworks and instruments. Therefore, the international research initiative MOOQ was established to develop and validate a Quality Reference Framework through Mixed Methods research.

In this hands-on workshop, we will introduce the participants to the Quality Reference Framework (QRF) for the design, realization and evaluation of online learning. It was designed by MOOQ involving more than 10,000 learners, designer and providers of online learning. We will discuss its application and benefits for beginners and experts in online learning.

References for further reading:

Gaskell, A., & Mills, R. (2014). The quality and reputation of open, distance, and E-learning: What are the challenges? Open Learning, 29(3), 190-205. doi:

Stracke, C. M. (2019). Quality Frameworks and Learning Design for Open Education. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 20(2), 180-203. doi:10.19173/irrodl.v20i2.4213 [Open Access] Retrieved from

Stracke, C. M., Tan, E., Texeira, A., Pinto, M., Vassiliadis, B., Kameas, A., Sgouropoulou, C., & Vidal, G. (2018). Quality Reference Framework (QRF) for the Quality of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Retrieved from [Open Access]