ERIC Number: ED158726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Formative Evaluation Fundamentals for TICCIT Courseware. Occasional Paper No. 2.
Bunderson, C. Victor; Schneider, Edward W.
The formative evaluation process described was designed to be used by Brigham Young University personnel in 1974 to evaluate and improve TICCIT programs and materials for community college credit courses. Involving the use of editorial judgment and data on student use, this process includes five levels of evaluation and revision: (0) materials are reviewed for subject matter accuracy, instructional psychology, and message design; (1) materials pass through several cycles of formal debug, using skilled and critical students to look at every display with different types of mental sets characteristic of students and catch problems in answer processing; (2) lessons and units are tested on 20 or more students enrolled in convenient institutions to identify those lessons, segments, and displays which produce confusion or difficulty; (3) courses, lessons, and units are tested on 20 or more community college students to discover any remaining areas causing difficulties; and (4) courses, units, and lessons are tested on several hundred community college students. Modifications indicated by the results in each step are part of the on-going process. The most advantageous role during this period for Educational Testing Service (ETS), which would perform a separate summative evaluation of the final revised version, was seen as facilitator of interchange between the developers and the users and as a facilitator of the formative evaluation process. (Author/CMV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mitre Corp., McLean, VA.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT. Inst. for Computer Uses in Education.