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2.3. ONLINE AND BLENDED PROGRAMMES

As a result of the digitalization of our society and with the aim of making higher education more accessible, online and blended programmes are now offered by many schools in the EHEA. In order to support and strengthen this new reality, EABHES accredits fully online and blended programmes.

EABHES Accreditation serves as quality assurance guarantee, assuring the educational community, the students and the general public that an online or blended programme provides high quality teaching and learning experiences. Special attention is put to the resources, methods and channels that replace in-person teaching and school’s facilities, and guarantee quality and secure delivery.

In this context, it is very important to make a distinction between online and blended programmes:

An online programme is a programme where the entirety of the courses and the educational components of the curriculum take place online.
A blended programme is a programme where more than 50% of the educational components of the curriculum take place online.

The security of the assessment process is fundamental for obtaining accreditation. The assessment in these programmes can take place online or in-person. EABHES Accreditation guarantees that, regardless of the modality of the assessment, students are provided with secure assessment procedures.

Compliance with EABHES Accreditation Standards is also required for online and blended programmes. The standards that refer exclusively to the physical facilities of the school will only apply for blended programmes and for online programmes that conduct in-person assessment.

Auditing of technical and digital resources for quality delivery of the teaching contents, assessment security to prevent student misconduct, and online security to protect students’ data and privacy is at the core of EABHES Accreditation application process for online and blended programmes. For this purpose, the schools that apply for online or blended programmes accreditation must also be compliant with the following standards, all of them of critical relevance.