chapter  4
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Quality Assurance in Asian Open and Distance Learning

As the world’s largest continent, comprising 50 or so nations, Asia has great diver-

sity in its peoples, traditions, cultures, languages, governmental systems and legisla-

tive and regulatory environments. Its educational systems, policy frameworks and

practices are correspondingly diverse, as are its QA policies and procedures and

applications of ODL in basic, technical and vocational, higher and non-formal

education. There is some evidence, however, that globalization and technology

are bringing Asian governments and ODL providers closer in regard to adminis-

tering QA and promoting a culture of quality. This chapter examines QA policies

and practices in Asian ODL. It concludes that QA in Asia should acknowledge

the uniqueness of ODL, focus more on outcomes and pay greater attention to

quality in open schooling and NFE.