I noted with interest the caution given to Mooc providers to consider quality when it comes to launching a new programme (“Many stumble in scramble to join Moocs bandwagon”, News, 10 July). At the Quality Assurance Agency, we are also paying attention to this. Although Moocs are not formally reviewed by the QAA, we have published a statement that recommends providers take account of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education when launching and running a Mooc. We are working closely with universities and third-party Mooc providers, and have launched a network to share experiences, knowledge and good practice.
Moocs provide the opportunity to develop innovative ways of learning and attract a different community of learners. We are keen to explore how we might develop new approaches to quality assurance that reflect these changes.
Director of quality assurance, QAA