ERIC Number: ED124244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jan-12
Reference Count: N/A
Course Content Validation, Rounds I and II. Summary.
College Associates, Inc., Austin, TX.
Course content validation was developed as a diagnostic model to ascertain the extent and quality of implementation of individualized instruction at College of the Mainland (COM). This process diagnoses the quality of instruction as judged by instructional peers at other institutions. Content raters are sent course syllabi, course documents, selected examinations, and descriptions of the course target group and COM student body, and are asked to fill out a checklist including questions relating to the course rationale, learning objectives, learning activities, testing techniques, and course organization. To date, 27 courses have been sent to 135 raters throughout the United States. The 116 rating checklists which were returned represent an 86 percent response rate. The raters felt that the courses at COM have well-developed behavioral objectives, and that the course objectives are relevant, challinging, and appropriate for the target group. Overall, content standards are high, and these high standards are reinforced with rigorous testing procedures. However, only 15 percent of the raters encountered courses which are open-entry/exit in format, and only 11 percent encountered self-paced courses, implying alternate learning activities. Tabulated responses to 24 of the 27 checklist questions are included in this document. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX.
Authoring Institution: College Associates, Inc., Austin, TX.