ERIC Number: ED249936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-26
Reference Count: 0
Analysis and Review of Courseware Evaluation Strategies.
Brandenburg, Dale C.
This study examined current approaches to computer courseware evaluation and evaluated published models on courseware evaluation from the perspectives of end-user/project proposers, the commercial vendor, and the academic or non-aligned consultant. First, a list of primary sources of computer courseware evaluation were located and analyzed. From this analysis, a list of criteria or criterion elements was derived; grouped into the global categories of use, quality, and efficiency; and cross-referenced with the primary sources. A checklist of the resulting criterion elements was formulated and mailed to a sample of 14 end-users (contract agencies), vendors (courseware developers), and academic-based educators or faculty, who were asked to rate the criteria on their importance in software evaluation. The respondents--five vendors, four users, and three academics--generally rated the information provided on both hardware and software, including documentation, as very important for doing an adequate courseware evaluation. No global category dominated, and no major differences were noted among vendors, users, and academics. In general, it was found that users were less rigorous than vendors or academics. Eleven general articles are listed, as well as the sources of courseware evaluation models used in designing this project, and charts showing participant responses. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Courseware Evaluation; Instructional Effectiveness
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Society for Performance and Instruction (Atlanta, GA, April 26, 1984).