SIG Quality Distance Learning

The SIG Quality Distance Learning proposes in-depth discussions and developments on expert and practitioner's level.

Distance learning is highly expanding and Higher Education Institutions have to ensure quality of their provisions in this format. In Switzerland, with the coming accreditation of higher education institutions under the new Higher Education Act (HEdA), it will be necessary to develop specific procedures to integrate online provisions in the internal quality assurance system of Swiss Higher Education Institutions, to prove that quality of distance learning is under control. After many reflections and concretisations that have been done in Switzerland, Europe and further, sharing practices and experiences is a way to boost and facilitate work of each Higher Education Institution in this field. The SIG Quality of Distance Learning proposes in-depth discussions and developments on expert and practitioner's level.



  • Identify what is important for Higher Education Institutions in this matter and issues members are actually facing.
  • Facilitate work of institutions by sharing references and good practices linked to these challenges.
  • Foster in-depth debate on the topic.
  • Build a national group of experts and extend it to international experts.
  • See which aspects still need further work and initiate common projects where necessary.


Meetings – coming up

  • The next SIG meeting will be in summer 2019. Members of the SIG will receive a doodle.


Past meetings

  • Distance learning – staff training, March 19, 2019, 10h00-11h00, online with SWITCHinteract
  • Considerations for quality assurance of e-learning provision, comments on ENQA publication by Monika Risse, ENQA, November 13, 2018, online with SWITCHinteract
  • 50th EUCEN conference: Workshop on quality and distance learning, June 6, 2018, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Virtual working meeting, Thursday, May 31, 2018, 10h00-11h00, online with SWITCHinteract
  • SIG meeting, January 31, 2018, 17h00-18h30, University of Teacher Education Lucerne (PHLU), main building, room 2.A10
  • Virtual launch meeting, December 7, 2017, online with SWITCHinteract


How to participate

Contact the SIG leaders Ahidoba de Franchi Mandscheff, UNIGE, and Lukas Sigrist, ETHZ, or



Meeting minutes and presentation slides of past meetings and mailing list of the SIG: login for SIG members.