ERIC Number: ED296696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
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Formative Evaluation in the Development Phases of a College Telecourse.
Flagg, Barbara N.
This paper summarizes formative evaluation activities during the development of a pilot program by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications for a telecourse on introductory data analysis. These activities included: (1) two major design activities--selection of a statistician host teacher and script development; (2) production phase activities--testing of the rough-cut pilot with students and statistics faculty in order to assess the appeal, comprehensibility, and recall of the materials; and (3) implementation activities--viewing of the pilot unit by students in statistics classes across the country, who also read the associated textbook materials and did the appropriate homework exercises. (The formative evaluation plan for the rough-cut pilot has been replicated for the final version of the television program.) Pretest-posttest performance by 300 students demonstrated a significant increase in achievement of the learning objectives. Included are six figures showing evaluation questions, findings, and actions taken for the three phases as well as data on recall, appeal, and comprehensibility. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association (Boston, MA, October 15-17, 1987).