ERIC Number: ED343573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Evaluation in Distance Education at a Glance.
Alaska Univ., Anchorage.
Evaluation can be crucial to help meet the needs and requirements of the teacher, students, and curriculum in distance education. Distance education usually encompasses a wide diversity of students, multi-site classrooms, little opportunity for interaction among students, and unfamiliar technology. Because of these uncertainties, evaluation of both courses and programs will provide teachers with information that can help make instruction effective. Formative evaluation takes place during all stages of instruction and is designed to promote revision of procedures and/or materials. Summative evaluation takes place at the end of instruction and is designed to assess the overall effectiveness of the instruction. A quantitative evaluation yields a breadth of information, and asks questions that can be statistically tabulated and analyzed. A qualitative evaluation gathers a wider range and depth of information using open-ended questions, interviews, and observations. A successful evaluation entails reviewing course goals and objectives, knowing students' needs, choosing the information to be gathered, collecting and analyzing data, and incorporating the evaluation findings in the revision. This brief guide begins with a statement on the importance and purpose of evaluation in distance education. It then presents guidelines for six steps in the evaluation process: (1) planning evaluation strategy; (2) reviewing course goals and objectives; (3) knowing students and their needs; (4) deciding what information should be gathered; (5) collecting and analyzing data; and (6) using the results to revise instruction. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Anchorage.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For related guides, see IR 015 466-471.