Need for Global Accreditation of Courses

The Global Association of Online Trainers and Examiners (GAOTE) is an international organization that aims to provide online course providers with a chance to obtain global accreditation for their courses. GAOTE recognizes the value and importance of online education in the 21st century, especially for courses that are global in nature and address the needs and challenges of a diverse and interconnected world. GAOTE offers accreditation for both professional and academic courses that contribute to global skills development and enhance the employability and mobility of learners across borders.

GAOTE fills a gap that is not addressed by national accreditation bodies, which often fail to acknowledge the quality and relevance of online courses offered by trainers and institutions from different countries and regions. National accreditation bodies tend to focus on local standards and regulations, which may not reflect the global best practices and expectations of online education. Moreover, national accreditation bodies may not have the expertise or the resources to evaluate online courses that cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, from languages and cultures to business and technology.

 

 

By obtaining GAOTE accreditation, online course providers can demonstrate their commitment to excellence and innovation in online education, as well as their alignment with the global standards and criteria established by GAOTE. GAOTE accreditation can also help online course providers to increase their visibility and credibility in the global market, attract more learners and partners, and foster a culture of continuous improvement and quality assurance. GAOTE accreditation is a voluntary process that involves a rigorous and transparent evaluation of the online course’s design, delivery, assessment, and outcomes, as well as the online course provider’s policies, procedures, and resources.

The Global Association of Online Trainers and Examiners (GAOTE) is a non-profit organization that aims to democratize online education by providing accreditation to online academic institutions that meet its quality standards. GAOTE recognizes that online education is a powerful tool for expanding access to learning opportunities, especially for those who face barriers due to location, cost, or other factors. However, online education also faces challenges in terms of recognition and authentication of online certifications in the global skills market. GAOTE seeks to address these challenges by establishing a rigorous and transparent accreditation process that evaluates the curriculum, faculty, assessment, and student support services of online academic institutions. By doing so, GAOTE hopes to enhance the credibility and reputation of online education, as well as the employability and mobility of online learners.

 

GAOTE believes that its accreditation initiative will also contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a set of 17 global goals that aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all by 2030. GAOTE aligns its accreditation criteria with the SDGs, such as Goal 4 (Quality Education), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities), and Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). GAOTE also encourages its accredited institutions to incorporate the SDGs into their teaching and learning activities, as well as their social and environmental impact. By doing so, GAOTE hopes to foster a culture of global citizenship and responsibility among online educators and learners, as well as to promote the values and principles of the SDGs in the wider society.

Curriculum Assessment and Course Accreditation

Flow Chart

Some of the factors/indicators that GAOTE uses  to review a curriculum and accredit a course are listed below. GAOTE reserves the right to amend the factors and scores.

Preliminary Guide

  • Ensure there is a Preface or Foreword
  • Ensure there is an acknowledgement
  • Ensure there is mention of  either Trend Analysis or Training Need Analysis or Industry Involvement in the design of the curriculum in the Acknowledgement
  • Ensure there is detailed information about the submitter

Course Overview and Objectives

  • Evaluate the clarity and coherence of the course objectives

  • Ensure alignment between objectives and the overall course goals

Transferability of courses

  • Ensure that the number of contact hours are clearly indicated
  • Ensure that the number of indirect/non-classroom hours are clearly indicated
  • Ensure that the credit hours can easily be calculated

Content and Syllabus

  • Review the comprehensiveness and relevance of the content covered
  • Assess the sequence and organization of topics in the syllabus
  • Verify that the content meets industry standards and reflects current best practices

Preliminary Guide

  • Ensure there is a Preface or Foreword
  • Ensure there is an acknowledgement
  • Ensure there is mention of  either Trend Analysis or Training Need Analysis or Industry Involvement in the design of the curriculum in the Acknowledgement
  • Ensure there is detailed information about the submitter

Course Overview and Objectives

  • Evaluate the clarity and coherence of the course objectives

  • Ensure alignment between objectives and the overall course goals

Transferability of courses

  • Ensure that the number of contact hours are clearly indicated
  • Ensure that the number of indirect/non-classroom hours are clearly indicated
  • Ensure that the credit hours can easily be calculated

Transferability of courses

  • Ensure that the number of contact hours are clearly indicated
  • Ensure that the number of indirect/non-classroom hours are clearly indicated
  • Ensure that the credit hours can easily be calculated

Learning Materials and Resources

  • Examine the quality and diversity of learning materials (e.g., textbooks, articles, multimedia resources)
  • Ensure accessibility and availability of resources to all learners
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of supplementary materials for different learning styles and needs

Assessment Methods

  • Analyze the variety and appropriateness of assessment methods (e.g., exams, projects, presentations)
  • Check for alignment between assessment methods and learning objectives
  • Assess the clarity and fairness of grading criteria and rubrics.
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Language

  • Clarity and appropriateness of language used in instructional materials.
  • Consideration of language proficiency levels of learners

Pedagogical Approaches

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of teaching strategies and methodologies
  • Consider the incorporation of active learning, collaborative activities, and real-world applications
  • Assess opportunities for student engagement and interaction

Instructor Qualifications and Support

  • Review qualifications and expertise of instructors
  • Evaluate support systems for instructors, including training and professional development opportunities
  • Ensure instructors are accessible and responsive to student needs

Diversity and Inclusivity

  • Evaluate the inclusivity of course materials and activities, considering diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Assess the provision of support for learners from different backgrounds and abilities
  • Ensure the promotion of a respectful and supportive learning environment

Continuous Improvement and Evaluation

  • Review mechanisms for collecting feedback from students and stakeholders
  • Assess processes for course evaluation and modification based on feedback and assessment data
  • Ensure a commitment to ongoing improvement and adaptation to changing needs and circumstances

Accreditation Standards and Compliance

  • Ensure the examiner/Institution is accredited by a local regulator
  • Verify that the course is accredited by a local regulator
  • Verify compliance with accreditation standards and guidelines set by other relevant accrediting bodies or institutions

Student reviews and testimonials

  • Verify that the course has adequate online reviews

Costs and value

  • Cost of the course relative to the value it provides, considering the depth and breadth of content
  • Assess the potential for career advancement

SCORING MATRIX

GuidelineStandardsScoreSubmitters self-assessed scoreSubmitters Remark if anyReviewers ScoreReviewers Remarks
Preliminary Guide
  • Ensure there is a Preface or Foreword
1    
  • Ensure there is an acknowledgement
1    
  • Ensure there is  mention of  either Trend Analysis or Training Need Analysis or Industry Involvement in the design of the curriculum in the Acknowledgement
1    
  •  Ensure there is detailed information about the submitter
1    
Course Overview and Objectives
  • Evaluate the clarity and coherence of the course objectives
3    
  • Ensure alignment between objectives and the overall course goals
3    
Transferability of courses
  • Ensure that the number of contact hours are clearly indicated
2    
  • Ensure that the number of indirect/non-classroom hours are clearly indicated
2    
  • Ensure that the credit hours can easily be calculated
2    
Content and Syllabus
  • Review the comprehensiveness and relevance of the content covered
3    
  • Assess the sequence and organization of topics in the syllabus
3    
  • Verify that the content meets industry standards and reflects current best practices
3    
Learning Materials and Resources
  • Examine the quality and diversity of learning materials (e.g., textbooks, articles, multimedia resources)
3    
  • Ensure accessibility and availability of resources to all learners
3    
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of supplementary materials for different learning styles and needs
3    
Assessment Methods
  • Analyze the variety and appropriateness of assessment methods (e.g., exams, projects, presentations)
3    
  • Check for alignment between assessment methods and learning objectives
3    
  • Assess the clarity and fairness of grading criteria and rubrics.
3    
Language
  • Clarity and appropriateness of language used in instructional materials.
3    
  • Consideration of language proficiency levels of learners
3    
Pedagogical Approaches
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of teaching strategies and methodologies
3    
  • Consider the incorporation of active learning, collaborative activities, and real-world applications
3    
  • Assess opportunities for student engagement and interaction
3    
Instructor Qualifications and Support
  • Review qualifications and expertise of instructors
3    
  • Evaluate support systems for instructors, including training and professional development opportunities
3    
  • Ensure instructors are accessible and responsive to student needs
3    
Technology Integration
  • Assess the integration of technology to enhance learning experiences
3    
  • Ensure compatibility and usability of technological tools and platforms
3    
  • Evaluate the provision of technical support for both instructors and learners
3    
Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Evaluate the inclusivity of course materials and activities, considering diverse perspectives and experiences
2    
  • Assess the provision of support for learners from different backgrounds and abilities
2    
  • Ensure the promotion of a respectful and supportive learning environment
2    
Continuous Improvement and Evaluation
  • Review mechanisms for collecting feedback from students and stakeholders
2    
  • Assess processes for course evaluation and modification based on feedback and assessment data
2    
  • Ensure a commitment to ongoing improvement and adaptation to changing needs and circumstances
2    
Accreditation Standards and Compliance
  • Ensure the examiner/Institution is accredited by a local regulator
2    
  • Verify that the course is accredited  by a local regulator
2    
  • Verify compliance with accreditation standards and guidelines set by other relevant accrediting bodies or institutions
3    
Student reviews and testimonials
  • Verify that the course has adequate online reviews
3    
Costs and value
  • Cost of the course relative to the value it provides, considering the depth and breadth of content
2    
  •  Assess the potential for career advancement
2    
Total 100X  Y 

 
 
Submitter Self Assessment Score X  
Reviewers Score y  
Average Score (X+Y)/2  
 
Keys Interpretation  
80-100 Excellent  
60-79 Highly Adequate  
50-59 Adequate  
Below 50 Inadequate