European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning

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European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning
EFQUEL Logo.jpg
Institution European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL)
Location Rue des Deux Eglises 35, Brussels, Belgium
Established 2005
President Ulf Ehlers
Members 120

The European Foundation for Quality in eLearning (EFQUEL) was a not-for-profit organisation which was legally established on June 30, 2005 and is based in Brussels, Belgium. It was a worldwide membership network with over 120 member organisations[1] including universities, corporations and national agencies. The purpose of the foundation was to create a European community of users and experts to share experiences of eLearning. Two of the main initiatives of the foundation were the "UNIQUe" accreditation for Quality in e-Learning and the annual EFQUEL Forum.


The European Federation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL) was a Non-Profit Association which had its origins in three successful European eLearning projects, all in the field of quality in E-Learning in Europe. EFQUEL approached quality in E-Learning from complementary perspectives and developed full-scale services for all educational fields, regional contexts and target groups. The Federation provided support, transparency, open participation and leadership for a broad range of topics.

Over the years, EFQUEL developed a quality portfolio that covered the quality of both products and programmes in the field of technology-enhanced learning:

  • The UNIQUe quality label focuses on the use of ICT to enhance educational provision and learning support, throughout the entire breadth of activity of the Higher Education Institution. This sophisticated approach demands an applicant to meet high quality standards for programme objectives, programme structure, content, resources and learning processes.
  • Also EFQUEL hosted ECBCheck which is a new accreditation and quality improvement scheme for E-Learning programmes and institutions in international Capacity Building. It supports capacity building organisations to measure how successful their e-learning programmes are and allows for continuous improvement though peer collaboration and bench-learning.

In Q1 2012, more than 120 organisations participated in EFQUEL's network. These included universities like the KULeuven,United Nations University, University of Jyväskylä, Politecnico Milano -METID, Vytautas Magnus University, University of Belgrade, the Universita Oberta de Cataluniya, and 50 more universities, also corporations such as Toshiba Europe or Adobe, other European networks and political bodies

EFQUEL closed at the end of 2014.[2]


EFQUEL was governed by a board of directors of currently 12 people (2012). There is a list at the time that EFQUEL closed.


EFQUEL's main activities involved the creation and operation of e-learning tools and labels, as well as the organisation of the yearly EFQUEL Innovation Forum - a multidisciplinary conference which brought together experts in learning from around the world to discuss the latest innovations in learning and teaching.

Quality certifications and tools

EFQUEL operated the following quality tools and labels:

  • UNIQUe - a label for quality use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) by Higher Education Institutions
  • ECB-Check - a quality label for e-learning programmes
  • Sevaq+ - a tool for designing and running self-assessment and shared-assessment processes in e-learning.

Project partnerships

EFQUEL participated in European projects both as an initiator as well as an active project partner. EFQUEL was mainly involved in projects that focus on innovation, open access and quality assurance within various educational models and sectors. EFQUEL supported the process of developing and implementing quality frameworks and tools, assisted in research and content development, and set up peer review processes and other quality assurance processes and disseminates results among its network.

Policy and research papers

During the past few years, EFQUEL developed a series of papers to enter into the discussion regarding quality and technology enhanced learning.


  1. ^ "EFQUEL members". homepage. European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  2. ^ Ehlers, Ulf-Daniel. "Dear EFQUEL Members". Facebook. EFQUEL. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • EFQUEL website - this site is still (November 2015) active but may now contain advertising content in addition to that from the former EFQUEL
  • UNIQUE website - also active