With the differing standards in education being followed across the various countries makes it important a credible method to diploma evaluation is arrived at keeping the interests of all stake holders in mind. The increasingly prevalent online courses have made such evaluations important and indispensable.
The main points of diploma evaluation
The very idea of an independent evaluation is to arrive at common standards in having people measured up. There would be however certain points or aspects of a particular educational model that cannot simple be translated into measurable points. Here it is the discretion of the sampler to use a convenient assessment steps to arrive at a conclusion.
- Being objective: There cannot be sufficient emphasis on the need to be objective in assessing ability. There could be certain points that play a strong part in a number of systems and these very points would not having a strong following in the home system and it could be the other way too. What scores well in the home turf need not be given the needed importance in the distant systems.
This calls for systems of assessments that is seen and felt to be equitable to all concerned so that nobody is seen to be at a disadvantage or at an advantage. The ability to strike a balance is what would set apart a good assessment body from the not so accepted one.
- Being fair: The assessing body must not be seen to be favoring a person or someone from a particular system. It is this image of equality before the assessor that would at times stand out in evaluations. There are a number of occasions when this neutrality is seen to have been breached and could lead to very unpleasant situations.
Thus the role of a evaluator must be just that; that is to evaluate a system or a student that has followed a particular system. An impartial role taken up by most evaluators not only brings greater acceptability but also better credibility to the system.
The role of online qualifications
The all pervasive nature of the internet has meant that it is suitable for use as a medium of instruction. From the very first days of the use of this medium, it was apparent of the innovative uses that it affords in reducing distance between people. This was take advantage of by educators in providing affordable and meaningful education to students.
The need to have quality instruction across the internet has only emphasized the role of evaluators in getting acceptability. Often it is seen that impartial evaluators have been able to bring out the positive aspects of an online degree or diploma and this has played a great role in getting such education accepted and acknowledged in society.
It has thus come to the fore that quality need not mean traditional but something that is effective and acceptable. The roles of educators have passed on from that of instructors to more of a facilitator of knowledge acquisition. This is only going to undergo more changes as time passes by.