The Quality Assurance Framework has been developed by AQUEDUTO to guide course providers with measurable and practical best practices in online course delivery.

The balance in the framework is (logically) very much in favour of people and pedagogy, whilst recognising that without other aspects of institutional and technological support and infrastructure, a course may never be truly successful in its aims.

The framework examines courses through the lens of three domains:

  • The Institutional Domain
  • The Technological Domain
  • The Pedagogical Domain

Between these three domains, there is a set of forty-five criteria divided into sub-categories. The current version of the framework (jointly developed by the members of AQUEDUTO) has the following criteria distribution:


The Institutional Domain

  • Institutional Strategy (7)
  • Staff Training, Development and Performance Management (4)
  • Supporting the Learner Experience (16)

The Pedagogical Domain

  • Course Design (8)
  • Tutor Competencies (6)

The Technological Domain

  • Platform (4)


Interested in reviewing AQUEDUTO's full framework?

Should you wish to pursue membership of AQUEDUTO, you can use the current version of the framework to benchmark your courses prior to a full membership application. In order to start this process and preview our framework, please Contact Us