ERIC Number: ED261566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Courseware Evaluation Checklist. Approved by American Council on Education's Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials at Its Meeting on September 24-25, 1984.
American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
A checklist for evaluating courseware is presented to help American Council of Evaluation (ACE) review teams determine whether a software package is suitable for use with adult learners. Courseware, which is software used in instructional programming, may include various mechanical devices (e.g., discs, tapes, computer programs), as well as training manuals, correspondence course guides, or comparable print materials used with hardware. ACE course review teams need to assess the quality and use of courseware in order to make credit recommendations for courses under review. Since most courseware is relatively new and untested, it is important to evaluate whether courseware functions effectively in helping learners achieve announced course objectives. The checklist questions cover the following: user guides or instruction manuals for using the courseware, dimensions of quality that are incorporated in sequencing of subject matter, records concerning the prior use of the materials, the instructor's role, the extent and scope of mechanical feedback, the extent of user control over the learning process, the use of graphics and sound, narrative displays, the flexibility of the courseware format, and integration of the courseware with the overall learning plan. A form for evaluating the checklist is included. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Check Lists, College Credits, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Course Content, Courseware, Curriculum Guides, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Feedback, Higher Education, Program Evaluation, Program Guides, Teacher Role
American Council on Education, Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction, One Dupont Circle, Suite B-20, Washington, DC 20036 ($2.50, prepaid).
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.