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Program Evaluation

Overview

Assessment and evaluation are usually focused on learners (i.e. did they learn what they were supposed to). As important...but frequently neglected, is an evaluation of the quality of the course itself. This type of meta-evaluation is required to make sure that student comments and experiences are incorporated into continual improvement and development of course resources. Additionally, by using best practices and design standards from other organizations, elearning programs can strengthened and improved based on the experiences of others.

Program evaluation is similar to learner evaluation: What were the intended outcomes? What were the results? What improvements can be made?


Resources

Rubric for Online Instruction
This rubric is a valuable resource in considering course design, organization, instructional design, and learner support.

Basic Guide to Program Evaluation
"This document provides guidance toward planning and implementing an evaluation process for for-profit or nonprofit programs -- there are many kinds of evaluations that can be applied to programs, for example, goals-based, process-based, outcomes-based, etc."

Guidelines for Program Evaluations
Various evaluation processes, including annual program monitoring and "stocktake".

Evaluating Distance Learning Programs and Courses
"Evaluation should always be based on the objectives of a program or course. Without the specification of objectives, there are no criteria on which to base an evaluation."

   

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