- to provide an international quality benchmark for online courses (and these may include blended delivery, where some elements of the course are delivered face-to-face);
- to promote a culture of continuous improvement;
- to enhance the potential for peer-to-peer networking and learning.
The entry criteria are straightforward: the course must have had one successful ‘run’; have had at least 20 participants and must offer at least 20 learning hours.
The EOCCS process involves a thorough review of the relevant courses or modules, and is usually completed online. It can take as little as 12 weeks from submission of application. The application is in two parts: the Data Sheet and the Course Self-Assessment Report (covering the four EOCCS standards: see below).
Once the application is accepted by EFMD, it is considered by an Online Review Panel. The Online Review is scheduled with the School, using online video conferencing software (The meeting takes approx 3 hours). Certification recommendations are submitted to the EOCCS Certification Board for a final decision. Certification (where successful) lasts for three years.
The EOCCS framework is based on four inter-related standards:
- Institutional Context: is the course sustainable? Does it have qualified and experienced staff? How is it linked to the organisation’s mission? Is it supported appropriately?
- Course Composition: What is the target population? How is learning designed? How is course content and delivery designed and agreed? How does technology impact the delivery?
- Course Delivery and Operations; What are the processes for recruitment and admission of students? How is the course content conveyed? What about academic and technical support?
- Quality Assurance Processes: This covers all elements of quality assurance – from institutional systems (course planning, faculty appointments etc) through to course review assessment of students; and monitoring of teaching and learning.
QED is well positioned to support schools interested in EOCCS. We have unparalleled expertise in preparing accreditation documentation and supporting business schools with continuous improvement processes.