WEC establishes global standards and certification for online educational courses
GENEVA (February 3, 2010) — The World Education Council (WEC) has established the global standard of excellence for online education. To maintain that standard, WEC now certifies educational courses that meet specific criteria for quality and value to learners. The WEC Seal of Excellence is awarded to online educational courses that pass a rigorous independent evaluation based on transparent, objective standards.
“Online education is a rapidly growing field, and it can be a powerful tool for spreading the benefits of education,” said Laura Lewis, president of WEC. “However, there is often no way for learners to be sure a course is thorough, competently prepared, and respected by educational or industry experts. The WEC seal will become the globally recognized benchmark for quality and integrity in online education.” Read More…
Leading online educators and industry practitioners appreciate the value of objective certification. “After nearly twenty years in the elearning industry I have come to appreciate how challenging it can be for a customer to make good decisions relating to quality and effectiveness due to the many options and lack of quality standards. An international body with the goal of providing this unbiased Quality Mark would be invaluable,” observed Steve Gatlin, president of Gatlin International, a company that provides and manages online programs for major universities.
Richard Hodges, founder and CEO of GreenIT, noted, “In my field, green and sustainable IT, the lack of standards for education has allowed product vendors to define for buyers what ‘green’ is. Education based on independent research and standards that are not tied to commercial interests is essential to achieving truly sustainable solutions for Information and Communications Technology.”
The World Education Council, a Geneva-based, not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to assembling the knowledge capital, the resources and the technology to enable any person, anywhere, to reap the benefits of education. “WEC has established the certification program in support of education as an avenue toward better health and well-being, productive and sustainable livelihoods, and a hope for future generations. Certification will be awarded to courses that further that mission,” said Lewis.
More information about the World Education Council may be found at http://www.worldeducationcouncil.org