epprobate is a new international quality label for courseware, an initiative of three organisations: The Learning Agency Network (LANETO), the Agence Wallonne des Télécommunication (AWT) and the e-Learning Quality Service Center (eLQSC).
epprobate has reviewers and partners in over 30 countries, and launches at the end of March this year.
It is currently looking for both new international partners and paid reviewers.
Organizations that are looking for independent quality assurance of their courseware will pay a fee to have the courseware assessed by epprobate. The courseware will be evaluated from the points of view of e-learning pedagogy, content accuracy, technical delivery, and acceptability by the target group by a local epprobate partner. The local (national) report will then be reviewed by epprobate‘s international review committee. Feedback is provided to the client organization, as well as recognition in appropriate cases.
Each year an epprobate award for excellence will be awarded to the courseware judged to be most outstanding amongst those awarded the epprobate label during that year.
For more information, go to: http://www.epprobate.com/
Although already accredited educational institutions are unlikely to use this service, it could be very useful for commercial e-learning software and materials created by individuals or non-formal educational organizations, such as NGOs.
This could also be a useful way to evaluate open educational resources in an independent way, but the weakness is that it is dependent on organizations paying for this review and one wonders at how independent such a review can be.