In a recent blog post, the U.S. Department of Education opened a dialogue on how best to assess quality in a vibrant marketplace of emerging learning platforms.

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell says, “We seek to engage broadly with the field to help deepen our understanding of how to recognize high-quality non-traditional programs. We think that a new set of quality assurance questions will need to be developed to ask hard, important questions about student learning and outcomes.”

The objective of this conversation stems from a growing need to identify the needs of today’s students and to quantify the outcomes of the rising number of companies disrupting U.S. education.

While education has progressed leaps and bounds in regards to access and inclusion, the demand for more flexible higher education is increasing faster than traditional institutions can adapt, and many companies are rushing to fill that void.

Technology has proved to be a catalyst for positive change in education, but its effectiveness isn’t consistent across the myriad tools and programs from MOOCs to boot camps. So the U.S. government is seeking more constructive ways to create quality assurance measures in this rapidly expanding ecosystem.

Mitchell says: “We have few tools to differentiate the high-quality programs from the poor-quality ones. The normal mechanism we use to assess quality in higher education, accreditation, was not built to assess these kinds of providers.”

At HotChalk, we are dedicated to improving the student experience, by empowering universities and their faculty to leverage online learning in an accessible and personalized way. We commend the U.S. Department of Education in opening a dialogue around the potential of emerging education enterprises and are excited to participate in a greater discussion around the positive impact of innovative education technology.

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