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Dashboard for Evaluating the Quality of Open Learning Courses

Dashboard for Evaluating the Quality of Open Learning Courses
Gina Mejía-Madrid, Faraón Llorens-Largo and Rafael Molina-Carmona
Sustainability
ISSN: 2071-1050
Special Issue “Opportunities and Challenges for the Future of Open Education”
Volume 12, issue 9
2020
https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/9/3941

DOI:10.3390/su12093941

Abstract
Universities are developing a large number of Open Learning projects that must be subject to quality evaluation. However, these projects have some special characteristics that make the usual quality models not respond to all their requirements. A fundamental part in a quality model is a visual representation of the results (a dashboard) that can facilitate decision making. In this paper, we propose a complete model for evaluating the quality of Open Learning courses and the design of a dashboard to represent its results. The quality model is hierarchical, with four levels of abstraction: components, elements, attributes and indicators. An interesting contribution is the definition of the standards in the form of fulfillment levels, that are easier to interpret and allow using a color code to build a heat map that serves as a dashboard. It is a regular nonagon, divided into sectors and concentric rings, in which each color intensity represents the fulfillment level reached by each abstraction level. The resulting diagram is a compact and visually powerful representation, which allows the identification of the strengths and weaknesses of the Open Learning course. A case study of an Ecuadorian university is also presented to complete the description and draw new conclusions.

Keywords
quality model; dashboard; fulfillment level; open learning; e-learning