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《China Distance Education》 2004-21
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The Quality Assurance System in Modern Distance Higher Education:Its Components and Operating Mechanism

Li Ping and He Meng  
The distance higher education system should be considered as an organic whole which is made up of several elements having distinct functions. These elements are interrelated and complement one another. Through certain mechanisms, the quality of these elements can be enhanced, leading to a better distance higher education system. Quality assurance system is one such mechanism and its components include: the school, students, teachers, the mode of teaching, teaching resources, support services, the government, the society and funding. The components in the quality assurance system are interrelated and constrain one another. The aims of such a system are to initiate and maintain activities that are beneficial to the improvement of educational quality and to adjust and eliminate those activities that might be detrimental to effective educational practices. Distance higher education institutes can pursue these aims. The major stakeholders in a distance higher education system are schools, the government and the society. The two major sub-mechanisms are the incentive mechanism and the feedback mechanism. The former offers necessary motivation and the latter serves the function of self-correction and provides the means for constant improvement.
【CateGory Index】: G434
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