BLA Quality Forum member Alistair Morrison presented the key features and benefits of the scheme to forty enthusiastic delegates in a launch seminar.
The BLA Quality Mark is designed to drive quality improvement in the development, provision and use of learning solutions across all sectors. It establishes a common set of quality indicators for all aspects of learning resource provision, delivery and use to give confidence to purchasers and learners.
Speaking on the launch, Chair of the BLA Quality Forum, Lance Spraggons, said "I was heartened by the number of visitors to the show who either attended the launch or visited the BLA stand to find out more about the new Quality Mark. We have a number of strong leads to follow up and I am confident that we shall see more organisations registering for the Quality Mark. There seems to be a genuine interest in quality in the learning sector and the BLA is ideally positioned to support those who wish to demonstrate there commitment"
Brian Merison, General Manager of the BLA added, "The Quality Mark incorporates a valuable process of self-assessment using good practice indicators - this is a proven approach for all who wish to review, develop and improve their internal systems."
The strength of the system is a framework adapted from the EFQM-Model. This provides a robust, objective and internationally recognised model of excellence.
Six organisations have already signed up to achieve this prestigious award. These include; Cranfield e-Learning, DeltaNet International, Department for Work & Pensions, National Grid, Skills Train and Walkgrove.
Notes to the Editor
About the British Learning Association (BLA)
The BLA is a centre of expertise that produces best practice examples, identifies trends and disseminates information on both innovative and well-established techniques and technologies for learning. The aim is to synthesise existing knowledge, develop original solutions and disseminate this to a wide cross sector membership.
About the BLA Quality Mark
It is widely recognised that the development of an organisation’s people provides a powerful competitive weapon. At the same time customer expectations and demands for better quality are growing. The BLA’s Quality Mark is designed specifically for the learning sector and provides a means for organisations to align their learning activities with customer and organisational demands.
High level benefits include:
• External recognition of commitment to quality through a prestigious award;
• Detailed feedback from experts in the field on your current status highlighting future development opportunities;
• Confidence and reassurance to learners and customers;
• Competitiveness in the commercial market place;
• Higher visability of your contribution to the organisation;
• Impact on the bottom line;
• A range of networking opportunities.
The Quality Mark has been redeveloped to further streamline its operation and to update the award categories and indicators of good practice to reflect the changes that have taken place in the market since 1998, not least the rapid evolution of e-learning. It is supported by an established infrastructure. The Quality Forum is responsible for directing all aspects of the process, for endorsing the recommendations of the verifiers and for managing the development of the Quality Mark.
The Quality Mark has been successfully applied for and achieved by a number of the BLA’s membership representing a wide range of sectors, including: FE, HE, adult community learning, local government, MOD, corporate and learning services supply.