ERIC Number: ED413823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug-31
Project "Flashlight" Planning Grant. Final Report.
Ehrmann, Stephen C.
This final report describes results of a planning grant for the "Flashlight" project, an effort to develop, test, and disseminate evaluation procedures that a postsecondary institution or department could use to periodically assess its evolving educational strategies, in particular strategies supported by use of computing, video, and telecommunications. This planning grant supported the project's first phase: discussion among five potential "testbed" institutions, the potential contractor, and the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)Project. Discussion was initiated via e-mail and a Delphi survey, and concluded with a two-day meeting. The group concluded that Flashlight should develop five families of procedures. The first three would help institutions monitor their ability to meet the following challenges: (1) improving learning outcomes for people completing courses of study; (2) extending enrollment and retention; and (3) controlling the spiraling costs of education. The group also proposed that Flashlight develop evaluative procedures to monitor changes in teaching-learning strategies that are especially well supported by uses of computing, video, and telecommunications, and to monitor changes in faculty roles and attitudes. The project was ultimately fully approved by the Annenberg/CPB Project. Information is provided on the project's purpose, background, description, and conclusions. Appendices include the Delphi instrument used. (Contains 26 references.)(DB)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Programs, Delphi Technique, Educational Finance, Enrollment Management, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Research, Feasibility Studies, Higher Education, Information Management, Management Information Systems, Meetings, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.; Annenberg/CPB Project, Washington, DC.