Online Site Visits

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    In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly brought accreditation site visits to a halt around the world.  Without this crucial phase, most accreditation agencies agree that it is not possible to perform quality assurance reviews.  But are there alternatives?  Is it possible to consider 'online' site visits?

    Many QA agencies dealing with higher education across the world are implementing this approach, but careful reflection is needed on what good practice looks like.  This course seeks to provide some initial guidance.

    This course is specifically relevant to accreditation officers and members of evaluation teams. School leaders receiving online site visits may also benefit.

    Course Outcomes

    This nanocourse introduces the practice of online accreditation site visits and provides guidelines and ideas for good practice. 

    Course content

    • A European HE webinar on online site visits
    • ATS/ICETE webinar on online site visits
    • Examples of agency guidelines
    • Scheduling online visits
    • Rating good practice in online visits


    This course is authored by Dr Marvin Oxenham. Marvin is the ICETE Academy Director, General Secretary of the ECTE and Programme Leader for the MA in Theological Education programme at the London School of Theology.  His fields of expertise are in educational philosophy, character education, accreditation and online education. 

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    This is a nanocourse, entailing 2 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    2 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to watch a two recorded webinars, engage with a selection of documents, produce an online visitation plan and rate ideas of good practice as they relate to your agency.

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