Evaluation in Distance Education and E-learning

Evaluation in Distance Education and E-learning

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With the rapid proliferation of distance education and e-learning courses, the need is growing for a comprehensive, professional approach to evaluating their effectiveness. This indispensable book offers a road map to guide evaluation practice in these innovative learning environments. Providing practical, step-by-step guidelines and tools for conducting evaluation studiesa€”including how to deal with stakeholders, develop surveys and interview protocols, collect other scientific evidence, and analyze and blend mixed-methods dataa€”the work also features a template for writing high-quality reports. The qunfolding modelq developed by the authors draws on Messick's influential assessment framework and applies it to program evaluation. Two case studies of actual programs (a distance learning course and an e-learning course) demonstrate the unfolding model in action.Unintended Consequences Fit with Employment Needs The orientation manual promises that graduates will be highly marketable, yet at the time this ... said it had become more difficult to get a job because the market was shifting in favor of a€œsoft skillsa€ (i.e., interpersonal and communications skills). ... A better method might be a field-tested team skills training program (Hartley aamp; Robson, 1998a, 1998b).

Title:Evaluation in Distance Education and E-learning
Author:Valerie Ruhe, Bruno D. Zumbo
Publisher:Guilford Press - 2009


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