ERIC Number: ED352943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation Activities Regarding Courseware in Europe.
Bonekamp, L. W. F.
ECOSET was established to meet the demand from policy makers and the teaching community in the European Community (EC) Member States for evidence of the effectiveness of information technology in various learning situations in general and of various kinds of software in particular. The main goals of ECOSET were to identify organizations in the Member States that were involved in the evaluation of educational software; to inventory available evaluation instruments and procedures; and to compare these instruments with respect to evaluation techniques, cultural embeddedness, and their curricular dependencies. A survey of 19 organizations in 10 Member States was conducted to obtain this information. Based on the data collected, it was concluded that: (1) future cooperation between different countries of the EC has to concentrate on optimization of the objectivity and reliability of evaluation methods and procedures; (2) the underlying methods for evaluation in the Member States are relatively free of curricular and cultural influences and the Commission should set up a course on evaluation methods to be distributed to interested Member States to encourage unity in methodology; and (3) formative evaluation activities of 'exemplary' organizations should be formalized and documented for use by other EC countries. (Contains 4 references.) (ALF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Andersen Consulting, Enschede (Netherlands). Educational Computing Consortium.