EdTech’s ability to make education more accessible and less costly is propelling us into a bright and enlightened future.
A growing population gains more access to education, the number of people who are qualified in various fields increases at nearly the same rate as people who think or claim that they’re qualified in those same fields.
High quality institutions can benefit from this increase in available experts, but can only do so if they’re able to cull out the individuals who only claim that they’re experts. The liability, inefficiency and human resources problems that can arise from a treadmill of unqualified hires can cripple an organization. In many cases, it’s worse than not having qualified people in the first place.
Traditionally, graduates gain academic accreditation in their given field based on their performance in coursework, and an assessment done by an educator of their performance and attendance in class. As new learning methods become available, the traditional metrics become less and less relevant, but the need for proper accreditation remains.
Mary Beth Markline of University World News discussed the shift in student assessment and quality assurance needs with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation:
“Higher education is facing turbulent times and nothing is the way it was,” says Stemanka Uvalic-Trumbic, senior adviser on international affairs for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. More than ever before, she says, “there is a need for quality assurance, but maybe a different kind of quality assurance”.
As for who should be responsible for this new kind of quality, “the path is still blurry”, she says.
Nevertheless, efforts are underway worldwide to address the sometimes dramatic transformation taking place, to develop new tools for learning and accountability, and to make it easier for students, faculty and institutions to collaborate across borders.
To help address this need for quality assurance, Lingo Media recently announced a partnership with the University of Guadalajara that will see our EdTech arm ELL Technologies provide accreditation solutions digitally. We intend to help students ensure that their credits maintain high standards, by providing certification only to students who can prove that they have mastered the coursework to the learning standards and specifications.
As organizations become more and more concerned with verifying their workers’ qualifications, Lingo Media and ELL Technologies intend to service this growing market with online direct certificated courses in partnership with leading higher ed institutions such as University of Guadalarja. We’re looking forward to helping organizations with direct verification through testing and certification enabling them to achieve the type of staff stability that they need to succeed.